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F1 British Grand Prix: Hamilton powers to British Grand Prix pole

Lewis Hamilton keeps it neat to score a popular pole position at home for the British Grand Prix, while Williams out-perform Ferrari.
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Lewis Hamilton gave the hordes of local fans exactly what they wanted to see by claiming pole position for his home British Grand Prix at Silverstone, comfortably ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg.

As expected, qualifying would come down to a head-to-head between the Mercedes drivers, but Hamilton's first effort on the option tyres, a 1min 32.248secs lap, would prove good enough to defeat his team-mate by a tenth of a second.

Though Rosberg threatened with a new fastest first sector on his second run, he would lose time in the middle stint to assure Hamilton of his eighth pole position in nine races, as well as his third pole at Silverstone.

Despite being more than eight tenths off pole position, Williams enjoyed its best qualifying performance of the season as it got the better of Ferrari to lock out row two, Felipe Massa's second effort doing just enough to out-perform Valtteri Bottas for the sixth time this year.

The first time Kimi Raikkonen has beaten Sebastian Vettel in qualifying in a straight fight (Vettel's technical issues in Canada notwithstanding), the Finn will head up an all-Ferrari third row in fifth place.

Though unable to mount the top five challenge it had predicted after free practice, Daniil Kvyat will start in seventh position for Red Bull, just ahead of Toro Rosso counterpart Carlos Sainz in eighth, while Nico Hulkenberg puts the new Force India into a good position for points from ninth.

Daniel Ricciardo starts tenth having had his best time deleted for exceeding track limits at Copse, the Australian just one of several drivers to fall foul of the stewards over the course of a 'zero tolerance' approach to qualifying today.

Having shown top ten pace throughout practice, Max Verstappen was the most surprising casualty to be slip out of contention in Q2, the Dutchman complaining of his car's set-up following a spin in Q1 before only managing the 13th best time in Q2.

He will be joined outside the leading positions by Sergio Perez, who retained 11th despite having his best time deleted, with Romain Grosjean 12th, Pastor Maldonado 14th and Marcus Ericsson in 15th.

As anticipated, McLaren-Honda's hopes of breaking out of Q1 would be determined early on as both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button fell short in 17th and 18th, the Spaniard a tenth from safety, while his team-mate slotted in three tenths further behind.

Out-qualified by his team-mate for only the third time this season, Sauber's Felipe Nasr fell at the first hurdle too in 16th place, while Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi once more brought up the rear for Manor in 19th and 20th.

Tagged as: Lewis Hamilton , Mercedes

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July 04, 2015 2:56 PM
Last Edited 423 days ago

richard: what i was puzzled by was the fact that vettel, catching and going to pass a williams, was suckered into a near collision with a merc travelling slowly in the centre of the track. i dont know who the merc was, but i wonder was it done to try and stymie a faster lap by the williams or by vettel? i havent heard of any penalty yet.
It was Nico, on the grassy knoll. As for the others knocking Lewis for taking personal risks and not being married to his job, well that's what life is about, Glad Lewis can do both, and still stay on top of a very intense game.


July 04, 2015 3:19 PM

Lewis4Jen: Hope his flatspot on the tyres he starts his race on won't come back to bite him. Lewis Needs to get that start right and give Nico some turbulent air. Nice to see Lewis is now third on the all time list regards pole behind the great Schumacher and Senna , and doing it while having the very best F1 drivers as his teammates. I just wish he would concentrate more on his racing instead of flying around the world as I believe Nico is a top top driver and will not let Lewis have things easy.
This exactly this just summarizes why this sport has become a joke. He is good but not 3rd of all time pole sitters worthy.. Guess will have to wait for 2017 and expect more exciting times..
Well I'm sure Lewis has had harder teammates than Schumacher ever had while setting these records and how long until he passes Vettel's gp wins

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