Hamilton wins pole position at home soil
Lewis Hamilton wins pole position for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Mercedes driver in last qualifying round was 0. 113 seconds faster than his team mate Nico Rosberg leaving home crowd almost ecstatic.
Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest during first round of qualifying with a lap time 1:33.426, followed by Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel, while out of the second round stayed Manor Marussia’s pair Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi, Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and McLaren’s duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Probably, for McLaren this race will be the worst at home soil in their history.
Lewis Hamilton struggled with his car, but still was just 0.3 seconds behind Rosberg who was the fastest man in the Q2, while Valtteri Bottas separated two Mercedes’ in the standings. Interestingly, with three minutes to go, Raikkonen was in the drop zone as his best lap time was deleted as he gone off at Copse. Ferrari’s Finn at the end progressed leaving out of Q3 Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, Lotus’ Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, as well Force India’s Sergio Perez.
Remaining 10 drivers went out in the third round on the medium tyres and it looked like a winning choice for Hamilton as he set time to beat (1:32.248) in first stage of the last round. Nobody could beat reigning champion in the remaining time, so Briton could celebrate after he had more downs than ups during the practices.
Nico Rosberg will accompany his team mate in the first starting row on Sunday, while Williams did excellent job with occupying second row of the grid with Felipe Massa third and Valtteri Bottas fourth. Ferrari will start from the third row with Raikkonen fifth and Vettel sixth.