Hamilton claims SEVENTH Silverstone pole as he smashes track record

Lewis Hamilton claims SEVENTH Silverstone pole as world champion smashes track record to start ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Alex Albon’s Red Bull woes continue

  • Lewis Hamilton took pole position for Silverstone with Valtteri Bottas second 
  • Lewis Hamilton set a new track record at Silverstone during the third session 
  • Alexander Albon continued to underperform in the Red Bull as he managed P12 
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Lewis Hamilton set himself up for a record-breaking seventh British Grand Prix victory by taking pole position at Silverstone.

In the old airfield, bereft of fans, the world champion overcame a patchy qualifying hour to turn in the required – and customary – performance with the 91st pole of his illustrious career.

Mercedes were in another league from the rest. They have sped up since last year, the opposition have slowed down. So it was almost inevitable that Valtteri Bottas should be next best in the other ‘Black Arrow’, ahead of third-fastest Max Verstappen in the Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for Sunday’s race at Silverstone with new track record

Hamilton has now set himself up for a record-breaking seventh British Grand Prix victory

Valtteri Bottas qualified in P2 to ensure that Mercedes got another front row lock-out 

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen endured another qualifying session behind the Mercedes duo

Charles Leclerc (pictured) out performed his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel 

Hamilton was three-tenths of a second faster than Bottas. Verstappen was one second off the pace, a gulf that threatens to leave the season a two-car procession.

Hamilton had earlier spun at Luffield in Q2. His car slid sideways sending out a fan of gravel that caused a red flag as the debris was cleared. He had been struggling for rhythm with Bottas on top in the first two section of the qualifying session under partly cloudy skies and in a gusty wind.

But Hamilton then took control to make it his seventh British Grand Prix pole. ‘I’m super-happy with that,’ said the champion.

Fellow Brit George Russell once again gave good account of himself by making it out of Q1 for the third consecutive race. That was in contrast to his fellow Williams man Nicholas Latifi, who spun out and will start last.

Racing Point’s Lance Stroll impressed yet again as he qualified on the third row of the grid

George Russell of Williams made it to Q2 as he continues his qualifying hot form

Russell, 22, has the unique distinction of having beaten his team-mate in every Formula One race he has competed in – 21 times last season alongside Robert Kubica and four times in rivalry with Latifi.

The young Englishman continues to impress in contrast to his great pal, Alex Albon. The London-born Thai, who came up through the karting ranks with Russell, was only 12th best in qualifying, an age behind his team-mate Max Verstappen.

Albon, 24, is starting to feel the pressure he is under for his place. How he manages to hold his nerve under the scrutiny will determine his future with the team.

Charles Leclerc was fourth quickest with Lando Norris, of McLaren, fifth – another good display for the 20-year-old Brit in what is turning into a coming-of-age season.   

FINAL QUALIFYING STANDINGS

1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

3 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)  

4 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 

5 Lando Norris (McLaren)

6 Lance Stroll (Racing Point)

7 Carlos Sainz Jnr (McLaren)

8 Esteban Ocon (Renault)

9 Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)

10 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

11 Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)

12 Alexander Albon (Red Bull)

13 Niko Hulkenburg (Racing Point) 

14 Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri) – will serve five place grid penalty

15 George Russell (Williams)

16 Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

17 Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)

18 Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)

19 Romain Grosjean (Haas) 

20 Nicholas Latifi (Williams) 

RECAP all the action from Silverstone with qualifying getting underway from 2pm.





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