Despite some complications in the qualifying session, Lewis Hamilton showed his breed at the key moment and took a categorical pole position in the Grand Prix of his country. Additionally, he set a new track record at Silverstone. He will be joined in the front row by his teammate, Valtteri Bottas.
In the free tests Mercedes had a low profile, but when it came time to show its full potential, it did so relentlessly. With a time of 1: 24.303, Lewis Hamilton edged Valtteri Bottas by 0.313s. If this difference is wide, what about the 1,022s that the Briton took away from his rivals starting with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who finished in third position. Still it is a good record by the Dutch driver. The contrast has been his teammate, the Thai Alex Albon, who qualified twelfth and could not pass to Q3.
The Ferrari team has had an interesting recovery, this time with Charles Leclerc completing the second row of departure. The same cannot be said for Sebastian Vettel, who has struggled all weekend and was barely able to qualify for tenth place.
Very good qualifying session by local McLaren driver Lando Norris at the fifth time. Also a good presentation from his teammate Carlos Sainz as he placed in seventh place.
In the middle of the McLarens, Lance Stroll from Racing Point finished, somewhat disappointing as the RP20’s potential is superior. Meanwhile his provisional partner for this weekend, the German Nico Hülkenberg who replaces Sergio Pérez, was thirteenth and failed to advance to Q3.
The Renault drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon, finished in eighth and ninth positions, confirming their usual position in the middle of the table. The Australian has a new chassis after a fracture was found in the previous one.
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat have new gearboxes, but there is only a five-place penalty on the starting grid for the Russian driver as he managed to finish the previous race at the Hungaroring. They ranked eleventh and fourteenth respectively.
Again the Williams, Haas and Alfa Romeo teams occupied the last positions with George Russell, Kevin Magnussen, Antonio Giovinazzi, Kimi Räikkönen, Romain Grosjean and Nicholas Latifi. Precisely this last driver had a track exit at the end of Q1 and generated a yellow flag, which prevented several drivers from improving their times. George Russell has a five-place penalty for running his fastest lap without slowing down while this incident occurred.
Regarding race strategies, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen, Lance Stroll and Charles Leclerc will start tomorrow on the medium tire. The rest of the top 10 will do so with the soft compound.
Tomorrow at 3:10 p.m. from Silverstone, the British Grand Prix race will begin
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These were the results of the session:
Classification – British GP