Reigning NASCAR Champion Chase Elliott Reacts to Lewis Hamilton’s Incredible New F1 Record

Published 05/09/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


On Saturday, Formula One legend Lewis Hamilton etched his name onto another page of the racing history books. Hamilton’s newest record is quite a big deal, and it left the current NASCAR Cup Series champion, Chase Elliott, stunned.

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During the qualifying session of the F1 Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday, Hamilton once again bagged pole position honors. While Hamilton winning the pole is no surprise anymore, Saturday’s pole left racing fans in complete awe as it was the 100th time he did so in his illustrious F1 career.

Moments after Hamilton’s feat, NASCAR’s Elliott reacted to the achievement, giving an astonished expression.

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It was from one reigning champ to another. While Elliott holds the NASCAR Cup Series title, Hamilton is the current F1 title-holder. The great British driver is now chasing a record-breaking eighth F1 title. Now that he has just won his 100th pole, Hamilton is just on the brink of securing 100 race wins in F1.

Lewis Hamilton’s involvement in NASCAR over the years

Hamilton himself has shown his interest in NASCAR over the years. Back in 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with NASCAR legend Tony Stewart at the Watkins Glen International race track. Not long ago, Hamilton spoke about his experience in a chat with Jeff Gordon.

I loved driving the NASCAR at Watkins Glen. What I like about it, is that I love manual. I’m really an oldie, I love manual transmission. That’s something we don’t obviously have in Formula One and I wish that we did,” he told Gordon.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti

Hamilton even lent his support to Bubba Wallace and the NASCAR community after a noose was found in Wallace’s garage last season. The 36-year-old also reacted to Wallace joining Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin’s 23XI Racing in late 2020.

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Chase Elliott is still hunting for his first NASCAR win in 2021

Meanwhile, Chase Elliott is looking for his first win in the 2021 season. The reigning NASCAR champ has found some form but is still far off his best this year.

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 and the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

He will look to get the job done on Sunday at Darlington Raceway in the annual throwback race. Elliott’s throwback paint scheme honors former Cup champion, the late Alan Kulwicki. The Hendrick Motorsports driver starts the race in sixth place.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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