Hamilton on pole for British GP

2018-07-07 17:58
Lewis Hamilton (File)
Lewis Hamilton (File)

Silverstone - Lewis Hamilton prevailed in a tight battle with Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel to snatch pole position on Saturday for the British Grand Prix.

It's the fourth consecutive pole position for Hamilton at Silverstone, his sixth overall on the track, and his 50th for Mercedes.

Vettel, who leads Hamilton by one point going into the 10th of 21 races, was faster than Hamilton until the British driver went again to finish 0.044 ahead.

Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finished third, ahead of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, while Austrian GP winner Max Verstappen was fifth and his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo sixth.

Hamilton will be chasing a fifth straight victory and a record sixth overall in his home race on Sunday.

Results of qualifying on Saturday for Sunday's British Grand Prix at Silverstone:


1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1min 25.892sec, 2. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1:25.936, 3. Kimi Rikknen (FIN/Ferrari) 1:25.990, 4. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:26.217, 5. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 1:26.602, 6. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 1:27.099, 7. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas) 1:27.244, 8. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas) 1:27.455, 9. Charles Leclerc (MON/Sauber) 1:27.879, 10. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Force India) 1:28.194


1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:26.256 (Q), 2. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1:26.372 (Q), 3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:26.413 (Q), 4. Kimi Rikknen (FIN/Ferrari) 1:26.483 (Q), 5. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 1:27.013 (Q), 6. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 1:27.369 (Q), 7. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas) 1:27.522 (Q), 8. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas) 1:27.730 (Q), 9. Charles Leclerc (MON/Sauber) 1:27.790 (Q), 10. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Force India) 1:27.843 (Q)

11. Nico Hlkenberg (GER/Renault) 1:27.901, 12. Sergio Prez (MEX/Force India) 1:27.928, 13. Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren) 1:28.139, 14. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso) 1:28.343, 15. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber) 1:28.391


1. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1:26.585 (Q), 2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:26.818 (Q), 3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:27.025 (Q), 4. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 1:27.309 (Q), 5. Kimi Rikknen (FIN/Ferrari) 1:27.549 (Q), 6. Charles Leclerc (MON/Sauber) 1:27.962 (Q), 7. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 1:27.979 (Q), 8. Nico Hlkenberg (GER/Renault) 1:28.017 (Q), 9. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas) 1:28.086 (Q), 10. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas) 1:28.143 (Q), 11. Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren) 1:28.187 (Q), 12. Sergio Prez (MEX/Force India) 1:28.210 (Q), 13. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber) 1:28.249 (Q), 14. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Force India) 1:28.279 (Q), 15. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso) 1:28.399 (Q)

16. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Renault) 1:28.456, 17. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL/McLaren) 1:29.096, 18. Sergey Sirotkin (RUS/Williams) 1:29.252, 19. Lance Stroll (CAN/Williams) 0.000, 20. Brendon Hartley (NZL/Toro Rosso) 0.000

Grid for Sunday's British Grand Prix after qualifying at Silverstone:

1st row

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)

Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari)

2nd row

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari)

Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes)

3rd row

Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull)

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull)

4th row

Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas)

Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas)

5th row

Charles Leclerc (MON/Sauber)

Esteban Ocon (FRA/Force India)

6th row

Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Renault)

Sergio Perez (MEX/Force India)

7th row

Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren)

Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso)

8th row

Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber)

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Renault)

9th row

Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL/McLaren)

Sergey Sirotkin (RUS/Williams)

10th row

Lance Stroll (CAN/Williams)

Brendon Hartley (NZL/Toro Rosso) will start from the pits


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