Lewis Hamilton sets track record to beat Sebastian Vettel to British F1 GP pole


• Mercedes driver snatches pole on final qualifying lap
• Vettel will start second on grid with Kimi Räikkönen third

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the British Grand Prix in front of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. The Mercedes driver saved his best for last to nail a superb lap on his final run. Kimi Räikkönen in the second Ferrari was in third, in front of Valtteri Bottas. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were in fifth and sixth.

Hamilton took the pole with a track record time of 1min 25.892sec with a final hot lap that was a tour de force around the old airfield in front of a huge crowd that clearly lifted the reigning world champion. He had to be at his best, as he was pushed to the limit by Vettel. The German was quickest in his first run in Q3, only five-hundredths of a second in front of Hamilton. Both laps were impressive but Vettel had the edge through the middle sector. However on the final hot runs Hamilton was extraordinary under immense pressure, threading the needle through Maggots and Becketts with absolute precision, he finished only four-hundredths up on Vettel.

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Written by Giles Richards at Silverstone
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