The British pilot Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), leader of the World Cup in Formula One has achieved pole position third consecutive , in the qualifying session of the Grand Prix of Great Britain while the Spanish Carlos Sainz (McLaren) will start from the seventh position.
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On his pole number 91, the world champion of the world personalized the absolute superiority of the Mercedes who took a second to their pursuers to take over, also with the Finn Valtteri Bottas, the front row from the grill at Silverstone.
Meanwhile, Dutchman Max Verstappen was the first of the rest, third, and saved Red Bull's pride, which lamented the elimination of Thai Alexander Albon in Q2; next to him will come the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), fourth.
British Lando Norris (McLaren) and Canadian Lance Stroll (Racing Point), fifth and sixth respectively, will form the third line. Sainz, the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), the French Esteban Ocon (Renault) and the German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) closed the 'Top 10'.
In a session marked by the absence of the Mexican Sergio 'Checo' Pérez (Racing Point), who has given positive for coronavirus and without the threat of rain despite From overcast sky, the Danish Kevin Magnussen (Haas) started by setting the first benchmark time of a first round in which all the drivers came out on soft tires.
Soon Bottas, dominator of the free third parties, took over to command a Q1 that ended with an accident without major consequences for the Canadian Nicholas Latifi (Williams ), who lost control of his car in Sector 2. The North American, as well as Magnussen, the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), the Finn Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) and the French Romain Grosjean (Haas), were left out of Q2.
A Hamilton spinning top at the start of the round due to the dirt on the track forced the red flag to fly at Silverstone, and the setback left Alexander Albon, one of the eliminated, out of the final Q3 along with Frenchman Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), German Nico Hulkenberg (Racing Point), Russian Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri) and British George Russell (Williams). Meanwhile, Sainz managed to pass fourth, only behind the two Mercedes and the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull).
The Q3 made clear the superiority of the Mercedes, one second and one tenth ahead of their rivals. Hamilton, with a time of 1: 24.616, managed to take the lead for the first time ahead of his teammate. Already on the last lap, a mistake in the second sector cost Bottas the pole and facilitated the British's seventh at Silverstone.
In fact, the current world champion improved his time (1: 24.303) and will start from the first place on the grid together with the Finn in search of his third consecutive victory, after those achieved in Styria and Hungary.