The psychological advantage of racing on home soil was laid bare by Lewis Hamilton, who scorched the opposition in qualifying at the British Formula 1 Grand Prix to claim pole position.

He claimed provisional pole position with his first flying lap in Q3 by breaking the lap record, and then went even quicker on his second run to ram home his advantage and claim the 91st pole position of his career.  Teammate Valtteri Bottas was second-fastest, missing a few vital tenths around the Silverstone Circuit that Hamilton has simply made his own in recent years.

The gap behind the ‘Black Arrows’ was simply vast – with over a second to the rest of the field it looks set to be a two-horse race on Sunday afternoon while the rest of the field squabbles for scraps.  With the technical regulations and car designs essentially frozen, the Brackley squad will be very hard to beat until 2022.

While Hamilton may have made it look easy, he proved that he is indeed human with a rare error in Q2 when he looped his Mercedes at the exit of Luffied.  He managed to rejoin the circuit, but by littering the width of the track with gravel he triggered a brief red flag interruption.  He put this setback behind him to claim his third pole position of the season.

‘Best of the rest’ honours went to Max Verstappen, who pulled out all stops and outdrove his understeering Red Bull Racing Honda to the third-quickest time ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and McLaren’s Lando Norris who was an impressive fifth-fastest.

Friday pacesetter Lance Stroll could manage no better than sixth in his Racing Point Mercedes, while stand-in teammate Nico Hülkenberg acquitted himself well and managed thirteenth-fastest in his first outing since last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Rounding out the top ten were McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr., the Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon, and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.


FORMULA 1 PIRELLI BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2020 – QUALIFYING
Q3 Qualifiers Team / Entry Time Gap
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11 1:24.303
2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11 1:24.616 + 0.313
3. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RB16 1:25.325 + 1.022
4. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:25.427 + 1.124
5. Lando Norris McLaren Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:25.782 + 1.479
6. Lance Stroll Racing Point Logo 2020 Racing Point F1 Team RP20 1:25.839 + 1.536
7. Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:25.965 + 1.662
8. Daniel Ricciardo Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 1:26.009 + 1.706
9. Esteban Ocon Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 1:26.209 + 1.906
10. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:26.339 + 2.036
Q2 Qualifiers Team / Entry Time Gap*
11. Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:26.501 + 1.486
12. Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing RB16 1:26.545 + 1.530
13. Nico Hülkenberg Racing Point Logo 2020 Racing Point F1 Team RP20 1:26.566 + 1.551
14. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:26.744 + 1.729
15. George Russell Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:27.092 + 2.077
Q1 Qualifiers Team / Entry Time Gap**
16. Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.158 + 1.357
17. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.164 + 1.363
18. Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.366 + 1.565
19. Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.643 + 1.842
20. Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:27.705 + 1.904

* Denotes gap to fastest Q2 lap time of 1:25.015 set by Valtteri Bottas
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* Denotes gap to fastest Q1 lap time of 1:25.801 set by Valtteri Bottas


Post-Qualifying Penalties:

  • Kvyat penalised five grid places for an unscheduled gearbox change.
  • Russell penalised five grid places for failure to respect double yellow flags.

Image via Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.
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