Hamilton not clear on his way to pole British GP, Verstappen third at full second


In much cooler conditions than on Friday, Lewis Hamilton has captured the pole position for the UK Grand Prix. Again there was no measure on the Mercedes, although Hamilton did not remain clear. Verstappen limited the damage by recording the third time while it was another qualifying for Albon to forget.

Just like previous qualifications, there is no size at Silverstone on the black colored Silver arrows. The battle for the pole position is therefore only between Hamilton and Bottas, with Hamilton ultimately pulling the longest straw. That the Mercedes are supreme is evident from the gap to Verstappen in third place, which is a full second. Behind him is still, slightly surprisingly, Leclerc with the Ferrari, who thus remains ahead of Norris, Stroll, Sainz, Ricciardo, Ocon and Vettel. The German scores fourth, but his time is being cut due to exceeding the track limits.

Still, Hamilton is not clear on the way to the dominant pole. The Brit spins in Q2 in Luffield and takes on the track so much gravel that the race management temporarily halts qualifying. H├╝lkenberg subsequently falls short and cannot cash in on his unexpected return in Formula 1 with a Q3. However, he will be less concerned than Albon, who, like in Hungary, will not advance to Q3 and will therefore feel the pressure increase.

In the back it is another battle between Alfa Romeo, Haas and Williams. Russell is the best of this group and is the only one who knows how to continue to Q2. However, a big question mark can be placed behind his fifteenth starting place because he does not brake enough for a yellow flag in his fast lap, caused by his teammate Latifi, who spins in Luffield just like Hamilton.

(Full result below the photo)

It was another dramatic Saturday for Albon. Photo: Motorsport Images


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