Sport British GP 2017 Qualifying: Lewis Hamilton storms to pole position

19:25  15 july  2017
19:25  15 july  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

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Lewis Hamilton earned a standing ovation from his adoring Silverstone crowd after storming to a dominant pole position at the British GP .

Lewis Hamilton will start the 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix from pole position after beating Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas by half a second in a frantic end to Saturday’s qualifying session in Baku. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel finished fourth behind Ferrari partner Kimi Raikkonen.

Getty© Provided by BSkyB Getty Lewis Hamilton earned a standing ovation from his adoring Silverstone crowd after storming to a dominant pole position at the British GP.

Hamilton's scintillating lap was half a second better than the best efforts of his rivals and leaves the 31-year-old just one short of equalling Michael Schumacher's all-time record for the most poles in F1.

"That lap felt great and I wasn't expecting to have a gap like that," said Hamilton.

Hamilton was placed under investigation for an alleged block of Haas driver Romain Grosjean during the top-ten shootout but cleared of any wrongdoing.

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Lewis Hamilton (centre) stormed to pole position for Mercedes ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas (right) with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen third as the Silver Arrows dominated qualifying .

Lewis Hamilton beats team-mate Nico Rosberg in an all-Mercedes battle for pole position at the British Grand Prix. Read more on Hamilton storms to pole at British GP .

The Englishman, already on provisional pole after the opening Q3 runs, was mighty through the fast middle sector at Silverstone and improved by over half a second on his final lap.

"He owned pole position today," accepted Sebastian Vettel with the margin between pole and the second-fastest car the biggest of the year so far.

Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari will line up alongside Hamilton on the front row after the Finn narrowly out-qualified the world championship leader.

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Mercedes´ British driver Lewis Hamilton is congratulated by teammates after winning the pole position during the qualifying session at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England on July 15, 2017 - AFP.

Lewis Hamilton stormed to his fifth British Grand Prix pole position with a stunning final qualifying effort Lewis Hamilton labelled tackling Silverstone in 2017 -specification Formula 1 cars as "the greatest rollercoaster ride ever… Mercedes AMG. 15 Jul. Hamilton storms to pole for British GP .

"We have a good car and for the race we can challenge them," said Raikkonen.

Hamilton will be exposed to the twin threat from the Ferrari as Valtteri Bottas, fastest in Friday practice, will have to start from a lowly ninth due to a five-place grid penalty.

It means, even if Hamilton makes a clean start, Ferrari can try to undercut the Mercedes with one of their drivers and attempt an overcut with the other.

Like Hamilton in Austria a week ago, Bottas will begin the race on the slower soft tyres and made a mistake on his final flying lap.

Stoffel Vandoorne out-qualified McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso - certain, in any case to be last due to a series of engine-related grid penalties - for the first time this season but the Spaniard did at least claim the distinction of topping the timesheets in Q1 after being the only driver to switch to slick tyres as the circuit began to dry.

An engine problem meant Daniel Ricciardo was unable to progress from Q1 and will join Alonso on the back row on Sunday.

Silverstone's F1 future in doubt after break clause activated

  Silverstone's F1 future in doubt after break clause activated Silverstone could stage its last British Grand Prix in 2019 if a new agreement cannot be reached with Formula One's owners.The British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) in 2009 agreed a 17-year deal with F1 to continue hosting the race at Silverstone, which has staged every British GP since 1987.

Lewis Hamilton stormed to the 67th pole position of his career after a dazzling performance during qualifying for the British Grand Prix. Will Lewis Hamilton win his home GP ? Follow our live coverage of the 2017 British Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton beats team-mate Nico Rosberg in an all-Mercedes battle for pole position at the British Grand Prix. Read more on Hamilton storms to pole at British GP .

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg produced the standout performance of the Qualifying hour by muscling his Renault to sixth. Team-mate Jolyon Palmer was eleventh but nearly a second slower.

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