Hamilton matches Jim Clark with fifth British GP pole - provisionally

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 17, 2017

That place went to Bottas, who ultimately crossed the line 14 seconds behind Hamilton while Red Bull Racing benefitted from Vettel's misfortune to finish fourth and fifth with Verstappen and Ricciardo, who ultimately finished ahead of Hulkenberg. "The tyres didn't look great but they never look great".

Bottas, who moved to within 15 points of Hamilton after his victory in Austria last weekend, appeared the man best placed to rival his Mercedes team-mate after topping both practice sessions here at Silverstone. With Lewis Hamilton running such a ideal race here in Great Britain, Kimi Raikkonen would have needed to get the jump on him off the line.

Hamilton's best lap was 0.032 seconds quicker than Vettel's, the two main title challengers producing their best form ahead of team-mates Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen.

"It was clear that Valtteri would come because obviously, he benefitted at the beginning because I got stuck".

The Briton's mastery of a damp but drying track lit up an overcast afternoon and the pole was the 67th of his career, sixth of the season, and gave him every chance of equalling Schumacher's record 68 before the August break.

"We were planning on stopping on Lap 19 or something like that so I was able to extend it by quite a bit".

"It was very sudden", he said, explaining that he had already dropped the pace and was nursing the vehicle home in third place before the blowout.

"I'm still confident that we can fight for a podium on Sunday but we need to make a few improvements to make that happen", Ricciardo said. It was not the easiest feeling that we've had all weekend, there were a few places that were quite hard for us and the race was similar to on Friday.

"I had some graining and some vibration on mine, so the last couple of laps I took it easy as I knew the others had trouble".

Red Bull's Max Verstappen will start the race from the second row along with Vettel after finishing fifth.

Bottas said: "I am really happy for this today". Sebastian Vettel too dropped to seventh after suffering a puncture with just 2 laps to go. "I just kept my head down and we managed it".

"What we can exclude is that we had any carcass failure on Kimi's tyre, because the tyre was still inflated", he said.

Raikkonen said he was disappointed with his misfortunes, but Vettel said he did not blame the team.

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