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F1 British GP: Hamilton bites back with British GP pole

Lewis Hamilton dismisses a deleted lap time in Q3 to hit back and comfortably out-perform Nico Rosberg in qualifying for the British Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton will start his home British Grand Prix from pole position after convincingly dismissing the threat of Nico Rosberg at Silverstone despite pressure from having his first Q3 effort deleted.

His sixth pole position of the 2016 F1 season, Hamilton came into qualifying as the hot favourite for the top spot having comfortably topped each practice session beforehand, the defending champion signalling his intentions by smashing the lap record in Q2 alone.

Indeed, Hamilton looked well on course for pole when he stopped the clock at 1min 29.339secs on his first run in Q3 – three tenths quicker than Rosberg -, only for stewards to delete it after he was deemed to have abused track limits on the exit of Copse.

Nevertheless, Hamilton hit back on his second run, thrilling the home crowd by posting an even quicker lap time of 1min 29.287secs – as Rosberg failed to improve – to end the session four tenths clear of his Mercedes team-mate and title rival.

Despite also having his lap time deleted for a similar infraction to Hamilton, Max Verstappen's quickest lap was still good enough to secure him a career-best third place on the grid, the Dutchman sharing row two with Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Recovering from a spin in Q2 that very nearly put him outside the top ten, Kimi Raikkonen battled back to out-qualify Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel, though the German will slip to 11th on the grid anyway after landing a five-place grid penalty for a pre-qualifying gearbox change.

Vallteri Bottas gets underway from seventh place as the only Williams driver to make the top ten, ahead of Carlos Sainz in the Toro Rosso, while Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso start ninth and tenth after both had their fastest times deleted for track limits.

Outside the top ten, Sergio Perez qualified 11th, ahead of Felipe Massa, Romain Grosjean, Esteban Gutierrez and Daniil Kvyat, while Kevin Magnussen lifted Renault into Q2 for only the third time this year in 16th.

Elsewhere, Jenson Button and Jolyon Palmer couldn't benefit from the home support as they slipped as the first hurdle, the British pair 17th and 18th, ahead of Rio Haryanto, Pascal Wehrlein and Felipe Nasr, the latter driving solo for Sauber after Marcus Ericsson was hospitalised by his FP3 shunt.
by Ollie Barstow

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July 09, 2016 7:18 PM

GOAT... I'm calling it. You can have your Senna nostalgia all you want, but Hamilton is by far the best driver ever in F1. I mean he should have won it in his first year, he showed Alonso up as well... what other driver has come into F1 like that? Every year he's won and he never gives up and you always bet on him in a proper race, he can overtake... unlike Kimi who loves to sit behind someone for half a race. People hate him because of his life style out of F1 and how he's on twitter and whatever... well why do you care enough to follow that stuff? I don't, people can do whatever they want outside of F1, I just follow the race and that's it. I used to do the whole practice, Quali and everything, I just got tired of how everything in F1 is some major controversy. I didn't pay attention to the whole Rosberg Hamilton collision thing... it's racing and we want more of it.. why complain when they come together? Your beloved Senna crashed into a few people on purpose, one time to win

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