Formula 1

Formula 1: Hamilton takes record 7th British Pole

Lewis Hamilton makes it 2 records in 2 race weekends with a record amount of pole positions at the British Grand Prix. The midfield battle seems tight between Ferrari, Red Bull, Racing Point and McLaren, all of whom will be looking to take home the 3rd place trophy on Sunday.

Q1

Numerous drivers struggled with the windy conditions, with many laptimes at risk from track extending. Lando Norris, Alexander Albon and Nico Hulkenberg all pulled out of their respective laps after they were blown off track. Antonio Giovinazzi was caught out and had a huge slide through the final corner, but the Italian was able to keep the car facing the right way. McLaren showed superb consistency as both drivers performed exactly the same lap time, comfortably in the midfield. As the drivers started their final laps, George Russell was the man in the danger zone, but managed to jump to a stunning 9th place. However, he was placed under investigation for speeding under yellow flag conditions. The aforementioned yellow flags were brought out by his team-mate spinning through Luffield. Yet again, both of the Alfa Romeo and Haas cars did not progress to Q2 as Nicolas Latifi rounded out the grid.

Eliminated:

  • 16th Magnussen
  • 17th Giovinazzi
  • 18th Raikkonen
  • 19th Grosjean
  • 20th Latifi

Q2

As Valtteri Bottas set the timing screens alight, Lewis Hamilton had a rare spin through Luffield, spreading debris across the track. This led to the session being red-flagged. After the session resumed, Hamilton placed his car in a comfortable 2nd, behind his team-mate. Lance Stroll risked the Medium compound tyre for his final flying lap and scraped through to Q3. The Canadian finished 10th and Pierre Gasly actually lapped exactly the same time. However, Gasly achieved the time after Stroll, knocking him out. Nico Hulkenberg finished 13th, a respectable if not underwhelming result for the stand-in. Alexander Albon’s torrid weekend continued as he wasn’t able to make it into the final session.

Eliminated:

  • 11th Gasly
  • 12th Albon
  • 13th Hulkenberg
  • 14th Kvyat
  • 15th Russell

Q3

Lewis Hamilton took the early advantage as he and Valtteri Bottas managed lap-times a full second ahead of Max Verstappen in third. Hamilton later improved his time and took a record 7th pole position, 3 tenths ahead of Bottas. Just behind, the battle for 3rd was intense. Lance Stroll achieved it first, before being leapfrogged by Lando Norris, and then Charles Leclerc. However, Max Verstappen stole the position on the last lap of the session with a superb effort. Sebastian Vettel came a disappointing 10th, behind the Renaults.

The battle for 1st will be tantalising, especially as Hamilton will look to convert his pole into a 7th British GP win. However, it is anyone’s guess who will finish in 3rd. The second row occupied by the volatile Verstappen and Leclerc, followed by the on form

Norris and then the ‘Pink Mercedes’, which crucially starts on the medium compound tyre.

Standings:

  1. Hamilton
  2. Bottas
  3. Verstappen
  4. Leclerc
  5. Norris
  6. Stroll
  7. Sainz
  8. Ricciardo
  9. Ocon
  10. Vettel

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