Hamilton beats Rosberg to Silverstone pole

By on Saturday, July 4, 2015
Pirelli Media

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World Champion Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position at the British Grand Prix for a third time as he topped qualifying at a sunny Silverstone.

Hamilton’s Q3 benchmark of a 1:32.248 ended up being quickest as he beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to pole.

Hamilton claimed the advantage after the first runs, with his time 0.113s faster than the lap achieved by Rosberg.

Hamilton did not improve across the first two sectors on his final run and aborted his lap, while Rosberg was almost half a second adrift, claiming his front left tyre felt different.

Williams enjoyed a strong session as it emerged as the second fastest team, with Felipe Massa beating Valtteri Bottas to third position, albeit 0.8s behind Hamilton.

Kimi Räikkönen got the upper hand over Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel to fifth position, while Daniil Kvyat claimed seventh for Red Bull.

Carlos Sainz Jr., Nico Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo completed the top 10.

Sergio Pérez was 11th in the revised Force India and had his final flying lap deleted due to track limits at Copse, though this made no different to his final position.

Romain Grosjean was 12th, while Max Verstappen voiced his frustration over the changed feeling of his STR10 en-route to 13th.

Pastor Maldonado was 14th fastest, with Marcus Ericsson in 15th position.

Felipe Nasr missed out on a spot in Q2 by just 0.011s and will start from 16th on the grid.

McLaren’s miserable campaign continued as Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button could manage only 17th and 18th.

Manor Marussia will line-up at the back, with Will Stevens ahead of Roberto Merhi.

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