Valteri Bottas Takes the Pole From Lewis Hamilton by a Fine Margin Of 0.006 Seconds
Lewis Hamilton loses out on record 7th British GP pole as Valteri Bottas clinches it by a 0.006 second difference.
The qualifying at Silverstone for Lewis Hamilton was a special one, with all the backing from his home fans and a record 7th pole on stake. However, his silver arrow team mate Valteri Bottas took the pole. In Q3 Hamilton made a mistake in his first run and couldn’t get the best time in his second lap.
Charles Leclerc got the third spot on the grid, even after setting the fastest time in the first two sectors only losing out on the third sector due to problems in understeer in the car.
The two Red bulls of Max Verstappen and Pierry Gasly got the 4th and 5th place on the grid. Max complained about the turbo problems in their engine and said a potential pole got away due to the turbo problem.
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Another horrid Saturday for Sebastian Vettel as he could only get the 6th spot in qualifying. Daniel Ricciardo managed to get the 7th spot ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris at 8th, Torro Rosso’s Alex Albon at 9th and his Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg at 10th.
Q1 saw an early falling of Haas driver Kevin Magnussen. Also Racing point’s Lance Stroll and Toro Rosso’s Dani Kvyat were out in the Q1 again.
Hamilton set the pace in Q1 followed by Leclerc and Verstappen.
Charles Leclerc flashed around Q2 as he set the best time followed by Bottas and Hamilton, all starting on medium tyres and switching to softs for the second attempt.
Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon made it to Q3 for second time in his career. Both the Alfa Romeo’s of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi saw the exit in Q2. Sergio Perez of Racing Point and Romain Grosjean of Haas were spectators in the Q3.
Carlos Sainz was the biggest surprise to not qualify for Q3, after showing some great pace in Q1.
Bottas kept his cool and clinched his first pole in the British GP. The race would be a big war today as Leclerc could be a trouble for the two Mercedes ahead. Charles will start on the cleaner side with a soft tyre advantage.