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Lewis Hamilton fastest in qualifying for the British Grand Prix - Photo: LAT

Lewis Hamilton fastest in qualifying for the British Grand Prix – Photo: LAT

Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for the British Grand Prix in tricky changing conditions during qualifying at Silverstone.

The stunning time of 1min26.600s in the final segment of qualifying (Q3) allowed the Mercedes driver to matched Jim Clark’s record of five British Grand Prix pole positions in the process.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen will start alongside Hamilton on the front row, after being half a second off the pace. While Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) will make up the second row.

A five grid spot penalty for replacing a gearbox relegates Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) back to tenth after qualifying fifth.

Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg was the standout performance of the session, qualifying sixth fastest, but will start from fifth with Bottas’ penalty.

Qualifying started out in wet and drizzly conditions, with cars taking to the track on intermediate tyres at the start of Q1. However by the end of the first segment of the session the track had start to dry allowing some drivers to gamble on running on slick tyres.

Fernando Alonso set the pace in Q1 - Photo: LAT

Fernando Alonso set the pace in Q1 – Photo: LAT

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso made the most of that opportunity to end Q1 with the fastest time, after a late switch to super soft tyres. However Alonso’s stunning lap would be all for nothing, he then failed to make it through Q2 as conditions improved and everyone else ran on slicks. He would also have 30 place grid penalty for replacing more power unit components, which all but guaranteed he would start back of the grid regardless.

Aussie Daniel Ricciardo will also start from the back of the grid after stopping on track during Q1 with what appeared to be turbo failure halting his progress during qualifying.

Formula 1 – British Grand Prix – Qualifying Results

Position Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.600s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.147s 0.547s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m27.356s 0.756s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m28.130s 1.530s
5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m28.856s 2.256s
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m28.902s 2.302s
7 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m29.074s 2.474s
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m29.418s 2.818s
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m29.549s 2.949s
10 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m27.376s 0.776s
11 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m30.193s
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m30.355s
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m31.368s
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m31.482s
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m42.573s
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m42.577s
17 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.593s
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.633s
19 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m42.966s
20 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m30.600s

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