Lewis Hamilton done an impressive flying lap with a time of 1:26.600 to secure a record-equaling fifth pole position at Silverstone. Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel made second and third for tomorrow race grid; The brit made half a second clear ahead of Kimi.
But the pole-sitter Hamilton under investigation for holding up Hass F1’s Romain Grosjean. Valtteri Bottas to start from ninth due to his gearbox penalty.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fifth and is looking for his second podium of the season. Nico Hulkenberg made sixth fastest ahead of Force India duo Sergio Perez and Estaban Ocon, and the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne.
Elsewhere, Daniel Ricciardo’s chances of a sixth successive podium finish were hampered after a problem with the turbo in his Red Bull car’s Renault engine stopped him on track early in qualifying.
Four-time champion Vettel leads the drivers’ standings, 20 points clear of rival Hamilton and 35 ahead of Finland’s Bottas.
“If the worst comes to the worst it could be three places,” says Niki Lauda on the worst possible outcome for the stewards’ investigation on Hamilton’s pole position.
“I really don’t think he’s going to pick up a penalty for it,” says Paul Di Resta when analaysing at the SkyPad the apparent ‘block’ Hamilton administered on Grosjean at the end of the first runs.
Hamilton’s first impression after the British pole: “I feel amazing in front of a great crowd like this. I hope you liked the lap.
“Always save best till last. I had to make sure I got that lap in. I couldn’t do it last weekend so I made sure I could here.
“I generally like it to be dry but I like it when the conditions are tricky, The team did a fantastic job and when it dried out, the tyres were incredible and those fast corners.
“It’s the best position to start from. The long runs were looking great.”
Sky Sports F1 pit-lane reporter “Ted Kravitz suspects it’ll be a while yet before the stewards deliver a verdict on Hamilton-Grosjean.”
The stewards haven’t even spoken to the drivers yet.
“They probably won’t go up for another 10, 15 minutes and then there’ll be deliberation and they’ll look at all the traces,” Ted says via Sky F1 live.
“We’re probably not going to get an answer for another couple of hours yet, but I’ve seldom seen Toto Wolff so concerned that he’s going to lose a pole. He went straight to the pit wall, while James Allison, James Vowles and Ron Meadows were all looking at the traces and exactly how close Hamilton got.
“A few bits of crucial information: it was at the end of Romain Grosjean’s hot lap and Lewis was winding up for his hot lap. Haas think Grosjean lost three tenths of a second, but he did improve his time on his second run in Q3. He didn’t improve his position, but he did improve his time.”