Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) will start from pole position on Sunday for the British Grand Prix after beating teammate Valtteri Bottas in qualifying on Saturday at the Silverstone circuit.
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) crushed the competition again on Saturday in qualifying for the British Grand Prix and will start from pole position on Sunday for the race alongside teammate Valtteri Bottas.
The six-time British world champion and title holder thus won his 7th pole position at Silverstone and the 91st of his career. The two Mercedes, which confirm their domination exercised since the start of the season, are ahead of Red Bull of Max Verstappen and Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.
The British driver, however, experienced a fright during these qualifications with a spin during the second portion of the session (Q2) which caused an interruption due to the gravel dotting the track.
But he recovered well in the third and final portion (Q3) by smashing the track record set last year by Bottas.
The GP of Great Britain, 4th round of the season, takes place like the first three behind closed doors whereas Silverstone is usually famous for the animation provided by its fans, generally committed to the cause of the British driver. Hamilton is aiming for a 7th world title this year which would make him equal to Michael Schumacher.
“It’s very empty here. Usually there are sirens, flags, smoke bombs and the atmosphere is intense. We miss them (the fans) very much. But I hope they are happy with the result, ”he said on Saturday.
Bottas had an illusion until Q3. However, he said he was satisfied with his result, even though he considered it “disappointing”. The Finn is currently second in the world championship with five points behind Hamilton who won the last two rounds, while Bottas had won the first.
As for Verstappen, he again showed that Red Bulls are Mercedes’ most serious rivals but conceded Hamilton more than a second.
“I have a chance (of victory) by starting 3rd”, he underlined while occupying this same place in the championship, but already 30 units behind the leader, that is to say more points than in a victory. .
Good surprise for Leclerc
The surprise came from Leclerc who managed to place his Ferrari in 4th position while the Italian cars had a difficult start to the season.
The Monegasque is well ahead of his teammate Sebastian Vettel (10th). The German driver already knows that he will leave the Scuderia next year to be replaced by Carlos Sainz.
The latter achieved the 7th fastest time on his McLaren on Saturday, ahead of his teammate Lando Norris (5th), the orange cars showing themselves very fast again after a slump during the previous Hungarian GP.
The Renaults both finished in the Top 10: 8th place for Australian Daniel Ricciardo and 9th for French Esteban Ocon, showing a return to form for the French team who were making modifications at Silverstone.
Canadian Lance Stroll took 6th place on his Racing Point. His teammate of the day, Nico Hülkenberg, had to settle for 13th place on the grid. The German replaces the Mexican Sergio Pérez, the first F1 driver to test positive for the coronavirus. Forced to go into quarantine, “Checo” will miss this event and probably the next one which will take place on August 9 on the same Silverstone circuit.
The F1 world championship calendar has been completely shaken by the coronavirus pandemic and many events have been canceled as others stand a week apart on the same circuits.
Formula 1. British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Starting grid:
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR), Mercedes, 1’24”303.
2. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Mercedes, at 0”313.
3. Max Verstappen (NED), Red Bull-Honda, à 1’022.
4. Charles Leclerc (MON), Ferrari, at 1”124.
5. Lando Norris (GBR), McLaren-Renault, at 1”479.
6. Lance Stroll (CAN), Racing Point-Mercedes, à 1”536.
7. Carlos Sainz (ESP), McLaren-Renault, at 1”662.
8. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Renault, at 1”706.
9. Esteban Ocon (FRA), Renault, at 1”906.
10. Sebastian Vettel (GER), Ferrari, at 2”036.
Eliminated after Q2:
11. Pierre Gasly (FRA), AlphaTauri-Honda.
12. Alexander Albon (THA), Red Bull-Honda.
13. Nico Hülkenberg (GER), Racing Point-Mercedes.
14. Kevin Magnussen (DEN), Haas-Ferrari.
Eliminated after Q1:
15. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA), Alfa Romeo-Ferrari.
16. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Alfa Romeo-Ferrari.
17. Romain Grosjean (FRA-SUI), Haas-Ferrari.
18. * Daniil Kvyat (RUS), AlphaTauri-Honda.
19. George Russell (GBR), Williams-Mercedes (penalized 5 places)
20. Nicholas Latifi (CAN), Williams-Mercedes.