Heroic Hamilton heads a Mercedes front row in sunny Silverstone.
Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton has delivered on his home turf after taking pole position ahead of the FIA Formula One 2013 British Grand Prix tomorrow. The 2008 World Champion pipped his closest rivals to the post and his team mate, Nico Rosberg who had to settle for second best but in doing so locked out the front row of the grid for the team.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel did not get a look in on a front row spot with the Mercedes pair ruling the roost and he will line up behind them in third place.
Vettel’s team mate, Mark Webber showed good form in qualifying but the competition was tight in the final seconds of Q3 and he crossed the line to grab fourth place on the grid to make it an all Red Bull second row.
Hopes of success for the four British drivers in the field continued in the top 10, as Force India’s Paul Di Resta impressed with his performance in qualifying and he was rewarded at the end of Q3 by picking up fifth place for the race start tomorrow.
Elsewhere in the pack, the Toro Rosso team have demonstrated good pace in the last couple of races and Daniel Ricciardo was the better one of the two today as he quailed in sixth place.
The Australian will find himself in a Force India sandwich as Di Resta’s team mate, Adrian Sutil will line up on the grid seventh place.
The Lotus Renault duo seemed to take a back seat in qualifying and appeared off the pace compared to their closest Championship rivals. The struggle did not seem to affect Romain Grosjean as much though, as he beat his team mate, Kimi Raikkonen to eighth place which led the Finnish driver to slip down one place just behind him to line up in ninth position.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso found himself at the opposite end of the top 10 to where he would usually start a race. The Spaniard shared a similar situation to the Lotus Renault pair and he finished Q3 in the 10th and final spot of the all-important shootout.
Before Alonso’s misfortune with his lack of competitive pace in Q3, his team mate, Felipe Massa joined a select few of the usual front runners and bowed out of qualifying at the end of Q2. The Brazilian driver’s run of bad luck has continued into another race weekend this season. Massa crashed in practice yesterday and his efforts to get back on track today seemed to fail as he only managed to qualify in 12th place for the race tomorrow.
The sun may have been shining in Hamilton’s favour, who stands in good stead to please the home crowd as the race gets underway tomorrow, but McLaren’s Jenson Button could not follow suit to add to Hamilton’s and Di Resta’s qualifying success. The 2009 World Champion narrowly missed out on participating in Q3 and he will begin the race from 11th place. The fourth British driver in the field is Marussia’s Max Chilton, who finds himself at the opposite end of the scale to the rest of his fellow countrymen as he makes up the back of the pack in 22nd place.
As the British Grand Prix gets underway tomorrow, there will be high expectations resting on the shoulders of the local heroes in the field. It is certain that they will all be keen to please their home fans who head to Silverstone to support them. Pole sitter Hamilton is in the best spot of them all but as the previous race starts have proved when he and Rosberg have led from the front, Vettel in particular has come through to the spoil the party at the front of the grid. There are also the other top title contenders to consider in addition the mixed up grid, as some of the usual front runners move their way through the field to resume their usual spots. It remains to be seen who will be victorious, but the home crowd are likely to be in favour of hearing their national anthem at the end of the race and seeing one of the British drivers standing on the top step of the podium as the winner.