Sport Hamilton tops Bottas for home pole after qualifying spin
Hamilton: Q2 spin prompted 'hardest turnaround' to grab pole
Lewis Hamilton admits his run to a record seventh British Grand Prix pole position proved the “hardest turnaround” as he recovered from a spin midway through qualifying. Despite beating Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to pole, Hamilton had found himself on the back foot to the Finn in the opening two segments. Trying to match Bottas’ laptime on the medium tyre in Q2, Hamilton lost the rear of his car on the exit of Luffield, resulting in a spin and causing a red flag due to gravel being disposed on track.
Lewis Hamilton continued his fine Formula One form by beating Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to pole position on home soil at the British Grand Prix.
Having overcome a spin in Q2, Hamilton produced two impressive laps in Q3 and a track-record time of 1:24.303 put him 0.313 seconds clear of Bottas at Silverstone.
The Finn had been fastest in FP3 and the first two sessions of qualifying but had no answer when it mattered.
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After recovering to take pole at his home race, Lewis Hamilton reflected on the difficult but "awesome" track conditions at Silverstone.Six-time Formula One world champion and 2020 standings leader Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by a comfortable margin of 0.313 seconds on Saturday.
Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull with Charles Leclerc taking fourth for Ferrari, with both those cars over a second behind Hamilton, who came into the event on the back of two straight wins.
Lando Norris caught the eye again to take fifth for McLaren, with Racing Point's Lance Stroll separating him from team-mate Carlos Sainz.
Renault duo Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon took eighth and ninth, the latter promoted above Sebastian Vettel, whose second lap time was deleted due to exceeding track limits.
HAMILTON: “Valtteri was pushing me right to the end. It was a real struggle out there.
"We had that spin. I was struggling through the first section. I managed to compose myself. The first Q3 lap was clean and the second was even better"
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Lewis Hamilton recovered from a Q2 spin to take his 91st career pole position in the 2020 British Grand Prix, as Mercedes finished over a second clear of the pack .Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas set the pace in both Q1 and Q2, but couldn't match his team-mate in the decisive final runs as Hamilton set two laps good enough for pole.The Finn ended up three tenths in arrears, but still comfortably clear of the fastest non-Mercedes, the Red Bull of Max Verstappen in third.Red Bull's disappointing day was compounded by Alex Albon failing to reach Q3, citing a balance problem.— Formula 1 (@F1)
As well as being a poor day for Vettel, there was more frustration for Alex Albon as he failed to reach the final shoot-out and finished 12th.
That was one place ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, who is standing in for Sergio Perez at Racing Point after the Mexican's positive coronavirus test.
Along with Albon and Hulkenberg missing out, there was further drama in Q2 as Hamilton spun at Luffield, spraying gravel onto the track which led to a red flag.
Fortunately for the championship leader, he was able to continue with the damage to his car not significant.
He later looked relieved after taking what ultimately proved to be a comfortable seventh British Grand Prix pole, improving on a record he already holds.
1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:24.303
2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) +0.313s
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +1.022s
4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +1.124s
Mercedes drivers surprised by F1 Hungarian GP qualifying gap to Red Bull
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are surprised by the gap between Mercedes and Red Bull in Hungary Formula 1 qualifying after the teams fought for victory in 2020's opening roundsRed Bull hoped to be closer to Mercedes at the Hungarian Grand Prix after Max Verstappen took pole and battled Hamilton for the win at the same event last year.
5. Lando Norris (McLaren) +1.479s
6. Lance Stroll (Racing Point) +1.536s
7. Carlos Sainz (McLaren) +1.662s
8. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) +1.706s
9. Esteban Ocon (Renault) +1.906s
10. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +2.036s
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F1 Hungarian GP: Clearly something not working for Red Bull - Verstappen .
Max Verstappen concedes Red Bull is still struggling to find a comfortable car balance as he qualified down in seventh place for the Hungarian Grand Prix .Red Bull had been tipped as Mercedes' nearest challengers coming into the third round of the 2020 Formula 1 season at the Hungaroring, but Verstappen could only manage the fourth row in qualifying behind the Mercedes, Racing Point and Ferrari drivers and over 1.4 seconds off polesitter Lewis Hamilton.