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Lewis Hamilton equals Schumacher's record with Spa pole

Lewis Hamilton recorded the fastest lap in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. In doing so, the three-time champion equals the record set by German legend Michael Schumacher of 68 pole positions.

Lewis Hamilton equaled Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 68 pole positions on Saturday with a dominant performance in Belgian Grand Prix qualifying.

The Mercedes driver was fastest in every phase of qualifying to take pole with a time of one minute 42.553 seconds, a track record.

Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who is 14 points ahead of the Briton with nine races remaining, joined his title rival on the front row after pulling out a late flying lap of 1:42.795.

Finland's Valtteri Bottas qualified third for Mercedes with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen fourth.

Vettel extends Ferrari deal

Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel has extended his contract with Ferrari for three more years.

The German driver, who joined the Italian team from Red Bull in 2015, was due to be out of contract at the end of this season, but has ended speculation about his future by signing a new deal until the end of 2020.

Since joining Ferrari, Vettel has won seven races - three in 2015 and four this year - and secured 28 podium finishes.

Vettel's win at the Hungarian Grand Prix before the summer break was the 46th of his career.

mds/jh/dvp (Reuters, AFP)