British Grand Prix Qualifying: Mercedes locks out front row, Hamilton on Pole
By Robert McGillivray 01 August 2020 | 16:22
British Grand Prix qualifying today with temperatures much lower than yesterday. Will Hamilton and Bottas be able to consolidate their form from Austria and Hungary and grab the 4th pole position, or have Red Bull Racing sorted their issues out, and can they now compete with the Black Arrows. Mercedes have been on Pole position at Silverstone since 2013!
The start of Q1 was reasonably quiet with only the Haas cars going out right away. No real surprises here as Grosjean, Latifi, Giovinazzi, Räikkönen and Magnussen are out for Q2. Good performance though from Racing point replacement driver Nico Hülkenberg as he comes in 4th place and goes through to the next round. Unfortunately for Williams, Lafiti spun off the track at the end of Q1. However, George Russel goes through to Q2 once again. A solid performance from the young British driver.
The start of Q2 brought out most of the drivers with Alexander Albon setting the first time. Teammate Max Verstappen went under Albon's time but Bottas set the fastest lap immediately after that and beating Verstappen by more than a second. The excitement started 7 minutes into Q2 as Lewis Hamilton spun and caused a red flag, due to all the gravel on the track.
At the restart after the red flag in the danger zone Kvyat, Gasly, Ricciardo, Hamilton and Russel. Hamilton was straight out with a fresh set of Medium tires and set a time of 1.25,437. Good for second place and safety for Hamilton. A huge upset at the end of Q2 though as Alexander Albon goes out on the soft tires and ends up with a very disappointing 12th place. Also out: Pierre Gasly 11th place, Nico Hülkenberg 13th, Kvyat 14th and George Russel 15th.
Hamilton on Pole, Valteri Bottas fills up front row
Lando Norris was the first out for Q3 with a special helmet designed by a 6-year-old called Eva, the helmet might have worked out for Norris as he comes in 5th position for the race tomorrow. The end of the qualifying session had all the excitement as usual with Mercedes and Hamilton, in particular, setting a blistering pace. Hamilton gets pole with a lap record of 1.24,303, Valteri Bottas comes in second with an equally fast 1.24,616. Third place Max Verstappen trailed the Black arrow of Lewis Hamilton by more than a second with a time of 1.25,325.
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