Hamilton unbeatable in qualifying

By on Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lewis Hamilton will start the British Grand Prix from pole position after setting the fastest time during qualifying on Saturday. 

The session began in wet conditions, with light rain dampening the track enough that teams used the intermediate tire throughout Q1. Drivers tiptoed on the wet surface as traction was hard to come by. The rain abated in Q2, allowing the track to dry enough for a return to slicks.

Hamilton’s pole-winning lap of 1:26.600 set a new track qualifying record and was .547 of a second better than runner-up Kimi Räikkönen of Scuderia Ferrari. It was Hamilton’s 67th career Formula One pole, putting him one shy of tying Michael Schumacher for the most poles in Formula One history. It was also Hamilton’s sixth pole this season and his third straight at Silverstone, as well as his fifth career pole in the British Grand Prix, matching Jim Clark’s record.

Qualifying results:

1.   L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:39.069      01:27.893      01:26.600       
2.   K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:40.455      01:28.992      01:27.147  
3.   S. Vettel Ferrari 01:39.962      01:28.978      01:27.356  
4.   V. Bottas Mercedes 01:39.698      01:28.732      01:27.376  
5.   M. Verstappen Red Bull 01:38.912      01:29.431      01:28.130  
6.   N. Hulkenberg      Renault 01:39.201      01:29.340      01:28.856  
7.   S. Pérez Force India      01:42.009      01:29.824      01:28.902  
8.   E. Ocon Force India 01:39.738      01:29.701      01:29.074  
9.   S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:40.011      01:30.105      01:29.418  
10.   R. Grosjean Haas 01:42.042      01:29.966      01:29.549  
 
11.   J. Palmer Renault 01:41.404      01:30.193         
12.   D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 01:41.726      01:30.355         
13.   F. Alonso McLaren 01:37.598      01:30.600         
14.   C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 01:41.114      01:31.368         
15.   F. Massa Williams 01:41.874      01:31.482         
 
16.   L. Stroll Williams 01:42.573           
17.   K. Magnussen Haas 01:42.577           
18.   P. Wehrlein Sauber 01:42.593           
19.   M. Ericsson Sauber 01:42.633           
20.   D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:42.966     

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