Despite having his first flying lap deleted due to exceeding track limits at Copse Corner, Lewis Hamilton has secured his 55th career pole position for the British Grand Prix ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg.
The Stewards warned the drivers on Saturday morning that exceeding the track limits would not be tolerated and that lap times would be deleted. Almost the entire field managed to keep their cars in between the lines except Hamilton and the two Renaults of Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen.
With Rosberg on provisional pole, Hamilton rejoined the circuit early to give himself as much of a chance as possible to take pole away from his teammate.
The world champion set a time a tenth quicker than his deleted best, seeing him clear Rosberg by almost four-tenths of a second. Rosberg attempted to respond, but failed to improve on his own time and will line up alongside his teammate on the front row.
Max Verstappen out-qualified his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo for the first time, beating the Australian to third position by three-tenths of a second.
Valtteri Bottas made it into the top ten and qualified seventh behind the two Ferrari’s as Felipe Massa failed to make Q3 and will start 12th ahead of Romain Grosjean in the Haas.
Qualifying only consisted of 21 drivers as Marcus Ericsson was still receiving precautionary checks in hospital following his heavy crash in the final practice session. His teammate Felipe Nasr was unable to progress to Q2 and will line up 21st on the grid.
Jenson Button’s Silverstone luck continued to show as the Briton failed to make it out of Q1 having been demoted by a late lap set by Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat. Jolyon Palmer joined his fellow countryman in the knockout zone after his time was deleted for exceeding track limits.
Kimi Raikkonen left it late to post a lap in Q2 after the Finn spun at Club corner on his flying lap. On his second attempt Raikkonen locked up into Village, leaving him with a limited amount of time to get himself out of the elimination zone. Eventually the Finn got it together and slotted into sixth position for Q3, where his best lap was good enough to start fifth on the grid ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the other Ferrari.
A late lap set by Carlos Sainz in Q2 demoted Sergio Perez out of Q3, the Mexican driver finished just a tenth behind his teammate Nico Hulkenberg, who just scraped into the final qualifying session where he qualified eighth but was demoted to ninth after his best lap was deleted for exceeding track limits.
In the second Toro Rosso, Kvyat only managed to qualify in 15th position and radioed his team after the session had ended that Magnussen deserved a penalty for impeding his flying lap.
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