Sunday, November 19, 2017
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Hamilton takes F1 pole on final attempt

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SILVERSTONE, England — Lewis Hamilton shrugged off intense pressure Saturday to take the pole position for today's British Grand Prix.

Knowing he had only one chance with just three minutes remaining, Hamilton responded with a spectacular lap in the final seconds of qualifying.

After his first flying run in Q3 was deleted because he went off the track, he edged Formula One leader and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by three-tenths of a second. That lifted him to his fourth pole at his home grand prix, his sixth pole this season, and the 55th of his career.

"Those moments are when I am most excited," Hamilton said. "Being under pressure is something not to shy away from, it's something to attack full on.''

Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel told Ferrari to build stronger gearboxes after another disappointing showing. He starts 11th.

INDYCAR: Simon Pagenaud starts on the pole for the fifth time this season at today's Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Pagenaud, the IndyCar points leader, qualified with a two-lap time of 185.886 mph and gave Team Penske its 500th pole across all forms of motor­sports. Josef Newgarden joins Pagenaud on the front row. Helio Castroneves, Pagenaud's teammate, starts third, followed by rookie Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball. Pagenaud is seeking to become the first pole-sitter to win in Iowa in 10 tries.

NHRA: Matt Hagan took the No. 1 Funny Car qualifying position at the Route 66 Nationals in Chicago. Hagan set a track record time of 3.882 seconds (331.12 mph). Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Shane Gray (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also lead their classes into today's eliminations.

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