Lewis Hamilton: I'm not excited by winning pole trophies
Lewis Hamilton says winning the 'pole trophy' award does not particularly excite him and admits he would rather win races.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says winning this year’s pole trophy is “not particularly exciting”.
Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, introduced the award last year, although the rationale behind it remains fairly indistinct since it does not come with any further incentive for the drivers.
Hamilton stormed to his 10th pole position of the season at Spa-Francorchamps one week ago. With eight grand prix weekends left in the current campaign, the championship leader is now out of reach from title rival Nico Rosberg in that field.
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - GP of Belgium 2015Daimler AG
“I would give up everything else, all the poles, the pole position trophy for the world championship, so that’s really the goal. But I’m really happy with how the qualifying has gone this year. It’s been a huge step for me.”
The Briton’s nearly invincible form on Saturdays stands in stark contrast with last year, when team-mate Rosberg had the upper hand in qualifying. By claiming 11 poles to Hamilton’s seven, the German clinched the inaugural trophy, though someone apparently forgot to hand him the award.
Will in Belgien kühlen Kopf bewahren: Nico RosbergImago
On the back of his current run, Hamilton can still break Sebastian Vettel's record for most pole positions in a single season. The German set 15 fastest times during his 2011 title-winning campaign with Red Bull.
With 48 career poles (45 for Vettel), the reigning world champion is now only 20 adrift of Michael Schumacher's all-time record.