Formula One

Lewis Hamilton on Pole in Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton - 2020 British Grand Prix, Friday Image from Mercedes' Media Archives

Lewis Hamilton won the pole position in Britain with a lap time record of 1:24.303. His teammate in Mercedes Valtteri Bottas placed second, with Max Verstappen in P3 for Red Bull. Charles Leclerc with Ferrari qualified 4th, however, the stewards will be investigating him for a pit stop incident from Q2. Lando Norris placed 5th for McLaren, ahead of Racing Point’s Lance Stroll in P6. Norris’ teammate Carlos Sainz qualified 7th, ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon in P8 and P9 respectively. Unfortunately for Sebastian Vettel, his lap time was deleted for violating track limits, which automatically put him in P10.

The second qualifying session was more eventful. Lewis Hamilton spun during the early stages of the session, resulting in a red flag for cleaning the track from the gravel. Nevertheless, the green flags came quickly, restarting the session with about 8 minutes to go. Pierre Gasly with Alpha Tauri was the first to miss on top 10. Red Bull’s Alex Albon had another disappointing qualifying, placing 12th on the grid. After him, Nico Hulkenberg qualified 13th with Racing Point. This is the first time since 2019 that we have seen Nico in qualifying, as the German driver is currently substituting for Sergio Perez who tested positive for Covid-19 and is not allowed to compete. Daniil Kvyat with Alpha Tauri placed 14th, but he will be given a five-place grid penalty for tomorrow’s race. George Russell finished in P15 for Williams.

The first qualifying session went without any major surprises. Kevin Magnussen with Haas was the first driver to be eliminated, scoring a P16. The two Alfa Romeo drivers Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen placed 17th and 18th after another disappointing Saturday for the team. Kevin’s teammate Romain Grosjean qualified 19th, while Nicholas Latifi with Williams remained in P20 after spinning the car during his last attempt to improve.

Note: There are several incidents that will be under review by the stewards before tomorrow’s British GP, likely resulting in multiple grid penalties.

You can access the full leaderboard session results HERE.

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