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British GP: Hamilton grabs fourth straight Silverstone pole

British GP: Hamilton grabs fourth straight Silverstone pole
Jul 7, 2018, 2:17 PM

Lewis Hamilton pipped Formula 1 world championship rival Sebastian Vettel to pole position for the British Grand Prix by 0.044s.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C37
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W09
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H
Esteban Ocon, Force India VJM11
Charles Leclerc, Sauber C37
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL33
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-18
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14
Sergey Sirotkin, Williams FW41

Vettel had the edge after the first runs in the Q3 top 10 shootout by 57 thousandths of a second, but Hamilton turned the tables on the second runs.

With the soft-compound Pirellis the tyre of choice through qualifying, Hamilton outpaced Vettel in the first and second sectors on the final run.

This meant Vettel's flying final sector was not enough to reclaim top spot and left the Ferrari driver second on the grid.


Vettel missed his qualifying simulation during the morning practice session with a neck problem, and admitted after his run that he wasn't sure he would have been able to run in qualifying.

Vettel's teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, qualified third and just 0.098s off the pace in his Ferrari after finding a three tenths improvement on his second run despite a lockup into the Turn 16 left-hander.

This followed complaining of losing his quick shift on his first run, and put him ahead of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

Max Verstappen was fifth fastest for Red Bull, half-a-second faster than teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

The Australian did not have the use of the DRS on his first run, which team principal Christian Horner attributed to a glitch with the system that governs when it can and cannot be used.

The problem wasn't solved on his second run, although he was told he had manual use of the DRS provided he only activated it in the permitted zones.

Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean gave Haas best-of-the-rest honours in qualifying for the second consecutive race by locking out the fourth row.

Sauber driver Charles Leclerc qualified ninth, three tenths faster than Force India's Esteban Ocon.

Nico Hulkenberg was 11th and quickest of those who didn't reach Q3 after lapping 0.058s behind Ocon.

With very few time improvements made on the second runs in Q2, that put Force India's Sergio Perez in 12th ahead of McLaren driver Fernando Alonso.

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly was the only one of the drop zone contenders to find time on his second run, declaring himself happy he got the maximum out of the car.

This was enough to elevate him to 14th ahead of Sauber's Marcus Ericsson, who had a relatively slow run through the final sector on his quickest lap.

Carlos Sainz was fastest of those eliminated in Q1 when he was bumped to 16th by Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg's late improvement and said he lost time owing to Magnussen locking up ahead of him into Turn 3.

That put him ahead only of the second McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne, who shed a piece of bodywork when he hit the inside kerb at Brooklands on his first run and ended up 0.640s slower after his second attempt.

Vandoorne complained about something fundamental being wrong with the car and things not feeling right during both the morning practice session and qualifying.

Sergey Sirotkin was 18th after a spin into the gravel at Stowe on his first run, although he was able to recover and post a time on his second attempt.

Lance Stroll ended up 19th but did not set a time after spinning into the gravel at the Brooklands left-hander on his first flying lap – admitting he was "shocked" by the suddenness of the rear end snapping away.

As Stroll was unable to dig himself out of the gravel, he was forced to switch the car off and triggered a six-minute red flag while his Williams was recovered.

Brendon Hartley was unable to participate in qualifying thanks to damage sustained when he crashed at Brooklands during the morning's practice session.

This was caused by a front-left suspension failure, and the team must rebuild his car around a spare monocoque ahead of tomorrow's race for him to start from the pitlane.

1 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 1'25.892  
2 germany Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 1'25.936 0.044
3 finland Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari 1'25.990 0.098
4 finland Valtteri Bottas  Mercedes Mercedes 1'26.217 0.325
5 netherlands Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG 1'26.602 0.710
6 australia Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 1'27.099 1.207
7 denmark Kevin Magnussen  Haas Ferrari 1'27.244 1.352
8 france Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 1'27.455 1.563
9 monaco Charles Leclerc  Sauber Ferrari 1'27.879 1.987
10 france Esteban Ocon  Force India Mercedes 1'28.194 2.302
11 germany Nico Hulkenberg  Renault Renault 1'27.901 2.009
12 mexico Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 1'27.928 2.036
13 spain Fernando Alonso  McLaren Renault 1'28.139 2.247
14 france Pierre Gasly  Toro Rosso Honda 1'28.343 2.451
15 sweden Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari 1'28.391 2.499
16 spain Carlos Sainz  Renault Renault 1'28.456 2.564
17 belgium Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren Renault 1'29.096 3.204
18 russia Sergey Sirotkin  Williams Mercedes 1'29.252 3.360
19 canada Lance Stroll  Williams Mercedes    
20 new_zealand Brendon Hartley  Toro Rosso Honda    
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Series Formula 1
Event British GP
Location Silverstone
Author Edd Straw