Hamilton storms to Silverstone pole

Pablo Tucker
July 15, 2017

The Renault driver, seeking his first points of the season this weekend, starts 11th - the same place he has finished three of the last four races.

"It had quite a lot of distortion and I got a bit dizzy and there was a lot of downwash coming off the back of my helmet and pushing my head forward, so we chose to take it off". He hasn't finished worse than fourth in any race.

Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull ahead of his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and the two Ferraris, with Kimi Raikkonen taking fifth and world championship leader Sebastian Vettel sixth.

Saturday ensured he has already matched Clark's 50-year-old record of five British Grand Prix pole positions.

Success has been elusive, however, with Ferrari failing to win a race in 2016 and Vettel making more headlines for angry radio outbursts.

Hamilton, on an apparent charm offensive after his name was jeered in London on Wednesday evening, added: "Each time I left the garage I gave the fans a wave and I could see them waving back".

Bottas increased his lead over Vettel to eight seconds as Hamilton began to pick his way up the order.

He will now start 10th, but if he had beaten Stoffel Vandoorne's McLaren it would have elevated him to eighth due to Valtteri Bottas's grid penalty.

Vettel, who heads Hamilton by 20 points in the championship ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix, is in the final campaign of his three-year deal with Ferrari.

Hamilton was the only absentee of the 20 drivers who performed tyre-smoking spins, or "donuts", in their cars on individual runs along Whitehall to the crowded square and back.

The result marked Bottas's second Formula One win following his maiden success in Russian Federation earlier in 2017 and ensured Mercedes retained its lead in the constructors' championship.

"Forward vision is not very good".

Red Bull have brought a number of updates with them to Silverstone.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will face a challenge to extend his streak of podium finishes after suffering a loss of power on his auto early in Q1, resigning him to last place, with his misery only compounded by a grid penalty for a gearbox change. I think it's because of the curvature, you get quite a bit of distortion. "It is certainly our plan as long as we are running Formula One to have a race in the United Kingdom".

Earlier, Vettel became the first driver to trial the so-called "shield" - the FIA's third different concept aimed at improving cockpit protection.

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