British GP qualifying: Lewis Hamilton wins supreme pole despite spin

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Lewis Hamilton lost control of his Mercedes, pushing gravel on the circuit during Q2 of the British Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton lost control of his Mercedes, pushing gravel on the circuit during Q2 of the British Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton recovered brilliantly from a spin to smash the Silverstone lap record and take pole position for his British Grand Prix at home.

Hamilton had appeared on the back foot after losing control of his W11 in the second qualifying leg, but bounced back when it mattered most with two record laps in Q3 that would have been enough to beat Valtteri Bottas.

His last effort – 1: 24.303 – secured his 91st career pole by three tenths of a second from his teammate as Mercedes mostly blocked the front row.

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Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas for his 91st pole position ahead of the British Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas for his 91st pole position ahead of the British Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen finished third of three sessions, but was powerless to stay with the Mercs as they picked up their pace in Q3, as Red Bull spent a second adrift of Hamilton’s pole position time.

“He did two pretty good laps for pole position,” said Martin Brundle of Sky F1. “Great laps from Lewis Hamilton. ”

Charles Leclerc secured Ferrari’s first start to the second row with an improved performance of the SF1000 – at least in his hands – to be a tenth behind the lead of Red Bull.

But teammate Sebastian Vettel’s struggle from training continued through to qualifying, with the four-time champion only 10th. He also has the disadvantage compared to Leclerc to start with more brittle soft tires for the first stint of Sunday’s race.

After a second row lockout in Hungary last time around, Racing Point achieved a better sixth position this time around with Lance Stroll, their only participant in Q3.

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Racing Point driver Lance Stroll is aiming for a podium spot after finishing sixth in the British Grand Prix Qualys.

Racing Point driver Lance Stroll is aiming for a podium spot after finishing sixth in the British Grand Prix Qualys.

Nico Hulkenberg, recruited to replace Sergio Perez Thursday at the 11th hour after the Mexican’s COVID-19 test positive, had run in the top 10 throughout testing but dropped out here in the second quarter upon his return to F1 qualifying.

There was also a disappointment in the second leg for Alex Albon, who missed Q3 for the second race in a row.

The Red Bull driver, who qualified 12th, had a disrupted preparation for qualifying after a crash on Friday and then car problems in final practice.

British GP Qualifying: Top 10
1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull
4. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
5. Lando Norris, McLaren
6. Lance Stroll, Racing Point
7. Carlos Sainz, McLaren
8. Daniel Ricciardo, Renault
9. Esteban Ocon, Renault
10. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari

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