Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for tomorrows British Grand Prix, after going a tenth of a second quicker than teammate Nico Rosberg who struggled with grip in his Silver Arrow on his final run in the final part of Qualifying.
The pair start ahead of both Williams drivers; Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas who were able to qualify ahead of both Ferrari’s.
It was a sunny day in Silverstone which meant Qualifying got underway without issues in the face of weather. However there were issues with track limits, specifically down at Copse where drivers who ran all four wheels off the track on the exit were getting their times deleted.
This meant a number of drivers including Pastor Maldonado and Max Verstappen had to do runs during the closing stages, despite their pace alone being enough to get them within the cutoff point. As it turned out Nasr, Alonso, Button, Stevens, and Merhi were all knocked out of the first part of Qualifying, with Ericsson improving late to push his teammate down to 16th.
In Q2 drivers were again being warned of track limits, which proved to be one of the factors at the end of the session when Sergio Perez had his time disallowed and it sent him into the knockout zone. Max Verstappen was also in the drop zone after complaining about his car balance over team radio, which is in stark contrast to his times set in the final Practice session this morning. They were knocked out alongside Grosjean, Maldonado, and Ericsson.
In the final part of Qualifying all eyes turned to the Mercedes duo. In the initial runs Hamilton had provisional pole by a tenth – which turned out to be the order at the chequered flag – however in the final runs it looked like Rosberg could have the advantage after Hamilton failed to improve on his time in the first sector.
However after going a tenth slower in the second sector it more or less secured pole for Hamilton, who took to the pits after backing off down the Hangar Straight. Elsewhere Ricciardo had his time deleted after running wide down at Copse, which shunted him down to P10 at the chequered flag. Carlos Sainz managed to qualify ahead of Hulkenberg in P8, with Kvyat just about managing P7 by one hundredth of a second.
Meanwhile both Ferrari’s are behind the two Williams, with Vettel in P6 and Raikkonen P5. The pair made setup changes in Practice 3, however it seems they are still struggling with balance issues much like most of the other drivers who looked promising in Practice.