Hamilton on pole for British GP

2015-07-04 15:34
Lewis Hamilton (AFP)

SILVERSTON - Defending champion Lewis Hamilton made it eight pole positions from nine races in his Mercedes this season when he posted the fastest qualifying time for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

The 30-year-old - who won this race last year - had struggled in practice on Friday but put those problems firmly behind him to take pole ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton presently leads Rosberg by just 10 points with the German having won three of the last four races.

The Mercedes team's success gave them a seventh front row lockout this season, statistics that confirm the supremacy of the Silver Arrows cars.

In a surprising last push, the two Williams cars of Brazilian Felipe Massa and Finn Valtteri Bottas took third and fourth ahead of an all-Ferrari row three to be filled by Finn Kimi Raikkonen and four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel.

Russian Daniil Kvyat was seventh for Red Bull ahead of Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso, German Nico Hulkenberg of Force India and Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull.

Ricciardo was one of several drivers who suffered for having a lap deleted for running off circuit at Copse to gain an advantage.

The travails of the hapless McLaren team continued apace with both their former world champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button failing to qualify even for the second session and will start on the ninth row of the grid.

2015 British GP Qualifying results

1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min32.248 
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min32.361 
3 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1min33.085 
4 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1min33.149 
5 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min33.379 
6 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1min33.547 
7 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) RedBull - Renault 1min33.636 
8 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso - Renault 1min33.649 
9 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1min33.673 
10 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1min33.943 
11 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 1min34.268 
12 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Mercedes 1min34.289 
13 Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso - Renault 1min34.502 
14 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Mercedes 1min34.511 
15 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber - Ferrari 1min34.868 
16 Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber - Ferrari 1min34.888 
17 Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1min34.959 
18 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min35.207 
19 Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari 1min37.364 
20 Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia - Ferrari 1min39.377

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