Historic qualifying day for McLaren at Hungaroring
28 July, 2012
Jul.28 (GP247) Qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix turned out to be a very big day for McLaren. Apart from Lewis Hamilton starting the race from top spot on the grid, they also achieved a massive milestone as it was the Woking team’s 150th pole position in their illustrious history in Formula One.
Almost forty years ago, on 23 September 1972, Peter Revson powered around Mosport Park to score the team’s first pole position on the occasion of the Canadian Grand Prix. Since then some of the sport’s greats have powered to pole position for the team including the likes of James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen.
Hamilton’s run, in Hungary, was a fitting homage to the history of the team, as it was one of the most dominant displays in qualifying seen so far this season and arguably one of the most impressive of Hamilton’s career.
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said afterwards, “I want to pay tribute to all the men and women who, over the past 40 years, have put so much hard work into securing a grand total of 150 pole positions for McLaren. That’s right; today’s was our 150th.
“For all you train-spotters out there, our first was scored by Peter Revson, at Mosport Park, in Canada, on September 23rd 1972, in a McLaren M19C, with a lap-time of 1min 13.6sec. Oh, and, by the way, I haven’t forgotten the 1968 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch, where we also got the pole, but that was a non-championship Formula One race!” added Whitmarsh.
The milestone did not go unnoticed by Hamilton who said, “I’m told that today’s pole position is the 150th in McLaren’s history. That’s a truly fantastic achievement.”
“I’m extremely proud to be able to contribute to the ongoing success of such a great team, especially as I first met Ron [Dennis, Executive Chairman, McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive] when I was just 10 years old. I remember the occasion really well. I told Ron that one day I wanted to be driving for his team. And here we are today,” mused the 2008 world champion.
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