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Sport Hamilton takes pole for home British GP in record time

18:08  01 august  2020
18:08  01 august  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Statistics for the British Formula One Grand Prix

  Statistics for the British Formula One Grand Prix UK-MOTOR-F1-BRITAIN:Statistics for the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone, the fourth race of the 2020 season: Lap distance: 5.891km. Total distance: 306.198km (52 laps) 2019 pole: Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes 2019 winner: Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes Race lap record: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes, 2019) 1:27.369 Start time: 1310 GMT (1410 local) BRITAIN Sunday's race will be the 71st British Grand Prix. Hamilton is chasing a record-extending seventh British win. he has also been on pole six times at Silverstone. Mercedes have won six of the last seven British Grands Prix.

Hamilton , who will be chasing his fifth successive home win on Sunday to retake the lead from his German rival His lap of one minute 25.892 seconds was a track record . "I gave it everything I could, but it Hamilton , a point behind fellow-four times champion Vettel after nine races, has now had six

Lewis Hamilton stormed to a fifth pole position for the British Grand Prix with a devastating lap in a tense and rain-affected qualifying session on Saturday. Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives during the first practice session at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, central England on July

a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: British Grand Prix © Reuters/POOL British Grand Prix

By Alan Baldwin

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Six times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton shattered the Silverstone track record with a blistering lap to put dominant Mercedes on pole position for his home British Grand Prix on Saturday.

a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: British Grand Prix © Reuters/POOL British Grand Prix

The 35-year-old, who will be chasing a record seventh win at Silverstone on Sunday, was joined on the front row by Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas with Red Bull's Max Verstappen qualifying third.

Hamilton credits survival instinct for three-wheeled win

  Hamilton credits survival instinct for three-wheeled win UK-MOTOR-F1-BRITAIN-WIN:Hamilton credits survival instinct for three-wheeled winSILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said "survival instinct" clicked in after a last-lap puncture almost cost the Mercedes driver a record seventh British Grand Prix on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton brilliantly recovered from a spin to demolish Silverstone's lap record and claim pole position for his home British Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc was six places ahead of Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel in a strong fourth, with Lando Norris the lead McLaren for his own home GP in fifth.

Lewis Hamilton may not have led a single session heading into qualifying for the British Grand Prix, but he delivered when it mattered, the Briton sweeping to pole position and fending off a stern challenge from Mercedes team mate and strongest championship rival Valtteri Bottas.

The pole was the 91st of Hamilton's career and seventh at Silverstone and he made sure of it with a lap of one minute 24.303 seconds after Bottas had led the opening two sessions on a gusty afternoon.

Hamilton had spun at Luffield at the start of the second phase of qualifying, without damaging his car but bringing out red flags due to the amount of gravel scattered across the track.

"Qualifying is a lot about confidence building and... I was already down and I was struggling through the first sector in every lap," Hamilton told 2009 champion Jenson Button in an interview after stepping out of the car.

"I don't know how, but with some deep breaths I managed to compose myself. Q3 (the final phase) started off the right way but it still wasn't perfect the first lap but still a really clean lap, and the second one even better."

Bottas reveals fuelling error cost him time in Hungary

  Bottas reveals fuelling error cost him time in Hungary UK-MOTOR-F1-BRITAIN-BOTTAS:Bottas reveals fuelling error cost him time in HungarySILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Mercedes put too much fuel in Valtteri Bottas's car for Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying after also making a ride-height error in Austria, Lewis Hamilton's team mate and closest Formula One rival revealed on Thursday.

Hamilton wins record sixth British GP , Vettel crashes into Verstappen. A record -breaking sixth home win for Lewis Hamilton , who will now switch his sights to another record - most wins in “I’ve had a good weekend and my first time in Britain has been pretty nice with everything around the circuit.”

The pole , in a track- record time of one minute 25.093 seconds, was Bottas's fourth in 10 races this season - more than any other driver - and his career 10th. Bottas has converted only one of his poles into victory this season and Hamilton still remains well-placed to delight his army of fans with a

Bottas, five points adrift of his team mate in the championship after three races, could only manage a best effort of 1:24.616.

Verstappen was more than a second off Hamilton's pace as the best of the rest, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc joining him on the second row while his four times champion team mate Sebastian Vettel qualified 10th.

"I think the lap at the end of Q3 was actually pretty good but you could just see pretty early on in qualifying they were just way too fast, as they have been in the last three races," said Verstappen.

The Dutch driver's Thai team mate Alexander Albon failed to make the top 10, continuing a run of poor Saturday form by qualifying 12th.

That places him alongside AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly, the Frenchman who occupied the Red Bull seat before him.

Gasly missed out on the final top 10 shootout by the slimmest of margins, setting the same time as Racing Point's Canadian Lance Stroll who went through because he did his lap first.

McLaren's British driver Lando Norris will line up in fifth place, ahead of Stroll in sixth, with team mate Carlos Sainz seventh and Renault's Australian Daniel Ricciardo eighth.

Qualifying was held without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Edmund Blair and Ken Ferris)

defect at Vettel - Hamilton drives the best time in training .
© Ben Stansall / Pool AFP / AP / dpa Cannot be caught: Lewis Hamilton drives the best time in training. Sebastian Vettel got on his knees and checked the underside of his Ferrari. A technical defect brutally slowed down the four-time Formula 1 world champion in training for the next Grand Prix weekend in Silverstone. Shortly before the end of the session, the once again suspended 33-year-old had to park his crippling car prematurely. Vettel only finished the training day in 14th place (+1.592 s

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