Sport F1 British GP: Hamilton charges to Silverstone pole position
F1 qualifying Silverstone 2020: Mercedes in front of sensation man Hülkenberg!
© Motorsport Images Valtteri Bottas takes pole position at Silverstone Valtteri Bottas has won the qualifying at Silverstone and thus achieved the ninth Mercedes pole in a row on the British track. The Finn was the fastest on Saturday ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton and was able to put the world champion in his place. The big surprise of the day was Nico Hülkenberg, who was able to secure third place at Racing Point.
Lewis Hamilton recovered from a red flag-causing spin to beat his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to pole position for Formula 1's 2020 British Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen will start third for Red Bull, while Nico Hulkenberg was knocked out in Q2 - as was Alex Albon for the second race in a row - on his F1 qualifying return in place of Sergio Perez at Racing Point.
Hamilton spun his Mercedes at the exit of Luffield on his first run on medium tyres in Q2, scattering gravel across the track, which caused the middle segment of qualifying to be suspended.
Verstappen: Red Bull would still be behind Mercedes in hot conditions
Max Verstappen thinks he would have still qualified third behind both Mercedes drivers for the British Grand Prix even if the hot practice conditions had continued on Saturday .Verstappen was able to lead first practice at Silverstone as the temperature reached 35 degrees Celsius on Friday, which was the third-hottest day on record in Great Britain.Red Bull appeared to match Mercedes for pace in the warmer conditions, only for Verstappen to finish over a second off Lewis Hamilton's pole position time in qualifying.
The world champion rejoined on the same medium rubber - which he, Bottas, Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Lance Stroll will start the race on - but ended up behind his team-mate as Q2 ended.
But Hamilton hit back immediately with a 1m24.616s on the first runs in Q3, with Bottas trailing by 0.150s and Verstappen over a second adrift in third.
Bottas then set an identical time on the final runs, but Hamilton had already moved a further 0.313s clear with a 1m24.303s to seal his seventh F1 pole at Silverstone.
Verstappen improved his personal best but stayed third, still over a second behind Hamilton.
Leclerc finished as the lead Ferrari in fourth, ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris and Stroll for Racing Point, who did not improve on his final run in Q3.
Verstappen feels 'lucky and unlucky' after Hamilton holds on for dramatic Silverstone win
Red Bull gambled on a late pit stop that perhaps cost Max Verstappen victory at Silverstone, but he was happy enough with second.Mercedes driver Hamilton had controlled much of the British Grand Prix after qualifying in pole position as he claimed a sixth win at the circuit in seven years.
Carlos Sainz Jr took seventh ahead of Renault pair Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon, with Sebastian Vettel rounding out the top 10.
Vettel will start on softs as he did not improve his best time in Q3 after switching to the more-durable mediums.
Leclerc, Stroll and Ricciardo are under investigation for a pitlane incident at the start of Q3 where the Ferrari was released into the path of the Racing Point, which braked hard and Ricciardo nipped by on the inside.
Pierre Gasly just missed out on a second consecutive Q3 appearance as he set an identical time to Stroll - a 1m26.501s - in the final seconds of Q3, but because the Racing Point's time came from his first run on the medium tyres before the red flag the AlphaTauri ended up 11th and out.
Albon took 12th as he was knocked out in Q2 for the second race in a row, which followed his FP2 crash and missing most of final practice to an electrical problem, which required Red Bull to fit a new energy store on his RB16.
Like juggling balls on a moving plate! – Hamilton thrilled to recover from spin
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.
He set a personal best time after switching from the mediums to softs for his final run but could not do enough to break into the top 10.
Hulkenberg will start his F1 race return from 13th as, like Albon, he could not gain enough after switching from the mediums to the softs for his final Q2 run.
Daniil Kvyat finished 14th but will drop five places on the grid for taking a new gearbox, while George Russell again reached Q2 but faces a post-qualifying investigation (at 3.30pm local time) for failing to slow for yellow flags in Q1.
In Q1, Kevin Magnussen ended up 16th as he could not find a way to break into the 1m26 barrier, with Alfa Romeo pair Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen lining up behind him on the grid.
Romain Grosjean ended up P19 in the second Haas, but he lost his best lap of Q1 (which was topped by Bottas), a 1m27.317s, for a track limits infringement at Copse.
Nicholas Latifi finished last in Q1 after spinning his Williams on his final flying lap.
Russell came across the incident at the exit of Luffield shortly after Latifi had lost the rear of his FW43 as he accelerated away from the long-speed, slow right-hander and gone backwards into the gravel on the outside.
Hamilton explains "difficult day" of F1 British GP practice amid balance woes
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says that windy conditions at Silverstone made for a "difficult day" of Formula 1 practice running on Friday ahead of the British Grand Prix .Hamilton enters this weekend's race at Silverstone chasing a seventh victory at his home grand prix, having moved into the lead of the drivers' championship with a dominant win in Hungary two weeks ago.But Hamilton could only finish the day fifth-fastest after a truncated FP2 session that featured a number of drivers lose their low-fuel runs to a red flag caused by Alexander Albon.
Russell said over his team radio that he "definitely backed off" and he was "well in control".
British GP Qualifying Results
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team||1m24.303s|
|2||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team||0.313s|
|3||Max Verstappen||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||1.022s|
|4||Charles Leclerc||Scuderia Ferrari||1.124s|
|5||Lando Norris||McLaren F1 Team||1.479s|
|6||Lance Stroll||BWT Racing Point F1 Team||1.536s|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren F1 Team||1.662s|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault DP World F1 Team||1.706s|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Renault DP World F1 Team||1.906s|
|10||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari||2.036s|
|11||Pierre Gasly||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||2.198s|
|12||Alexander Albon||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||2.242s|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||BWT Racing Point F1 Team||2.263s|
|14||George Russell||Williams Racing||2.789s|
|15||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1 Team||2.855s|
|16||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN||2.861s|
|17||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN||3.063s|
|18||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team||3.340s|
|19||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||2.441s|
|20||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Racing||3.402s|
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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.