Hamilton takes pole with record-breaking lap in Bahrain

Kannapolis-based F1 driver Romain Grosjean escapes after car crashes splits in half and bursts into flames at Bahrain Grand Prix

"Even so, the Finn's best effort was enough to keep Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen at bay, relegating him to third on the grid, and the Dutchman admitted he was pessimistic he could compete for victory".

"We have to see what we are able to improve on the safety side, because we don't want to see those kinds of accidents". "Wow... the risk we take is no joke, for those of you out there that forget that we put our life on the line for this sport and for what we love to do", Hamilton wrote.

"All the time I've had the feeling that I have the speed but I haven't quite put it all together".

"I managed to just about reply to him (Verstappen) when I needed to but I was sliding around a lot out there and I wasn't really quite sure how it would play out at the end".

"To get another opportunity like this in the autumn of my career - I'm extremely hot for it", he said.

"That's the most important thing and, with the pressure off, it's a bit of a release to drive like I did". Seriously, I get along very well with him but at the moment I am not getting carried away with such thoughts.

"There was obviously bit less track time than we would have liked, and just a bit of catch-up with the new vehicle and getting up to speed with it". He is also seeking to increase his total of wins this season from 10 to a record-equalling 13 triumphs.

The Mercedes driver set a new track record to beat teammate Valtteri Bottas to pole by 0.289 seconds for Mercedes's 11 front row lockout of the year.

Verstappen's Red Bull team-mate Alex Albon finished fourth, just over a second back, in a qualifying session that saw the likes of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel fail to make the top 10 places.

After the race restarted about 1 1/2 hours later, Canadian Lance Stroll was involved in a crash that flipped his vehicle over and left him dangling upside down in the cockpit until track marshals freed him.

The race went green again on lap nine, with Hamilton leading Verstappen, Perez, Alexander Albon (Red Bull) and Lando Norris (McLaren).

"It felt good", he said of his qualifying. You feel you are extracting everything from the auto, so that is the most confusing part.

"But it was just one of those things".

There's a good chance of overtaking generally, but especially in the first lap.

"I don't know how much more potent I can get!" he said.

"We are one of the few sports that go to so many different countries and I do believe as a sport we need to do more".

"I think it is a reminder to us and hopefully to the people that are watching that this is a risky sport", Hamilton said.

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