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British GP: Bottas beats Hamilton to pole by 0.006s

British GP: Bottas beats Hamilton to pole by 0.006s

Valtteri Bottas beat Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the British Grand Prix by six thousandths of a second.

Bottas set the pace on the first runs in Q3 at Silverstone, although Hamilton’s time was compromised by the rear stepping out at Brooklands, which meant he ran wide at the exit of the corner.

Although Bottas was unable to improve on his second run in Q3, Hamilton fell just short of grabbing pole position having not been able to match his first-sector pace from the first run.

Ferrari driver Charles Lerclerc was third-fastest, within a tenth of Bottas, and a tenth of a second clear of the lead Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

Leclerc looked a threat for pole position, but lost time to the Mercedes drivers in the final sector.

Pierre Gasly was fifth-fastest after a strong run during practice, although was 0.314s slower than Verstappen, while Sebastian Vettel was sixth after a difficult run in Q3 in the second Ferrari, lapping six tenths off pole position.  

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Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was seventh-fastest ahead of the McLaren of Lando Norris.

Alex Albon did well to reach Q3 in the Toro Rosso and ended up qualifying ninth, lapping 0.041s quicker than the second Renault of Nico Hulkenberg.

The Mercedes and Red Bull drivers will start the race on medium-compound Pirellis thanks to using that tyre to set their Q2 times, with the rest of the top 10 qualifiers using softs.

Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi was quickest of those eliminated in Q2 after being bumped by Vettel at the end of the session.

Giovinazzi was 0.027s of a second quicker than teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who ended up 12th ahead of McLaren driver Carlos Sainz, who failed to improve on his second Q2 run.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean was 14th-fastest ahead of the Racing Point of Sergio Perez, who also failed to improve on his second runs.

Kevin Magnussen was eliminated in Q1 and ended up 16th overall after being jumped by Perez, who was last driver to improve their time in the first segment of qualifying and outpaced the Haas driver by 0.013s.

Magnussen ran through the gravel at the Luffield right-hander on his final lap while “trying to make up for something that wasn’t there”, so was unable to improve on his first-run time.

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat failed to improve his time on his second set of softs, so ended up 17th after what he described over the radio as a “poor” lap on his final attempt.

Racing Point’s Lance Stroll was eliminated in Q1 for the 10th time in 2019 after running wide at the exit of Stowe and Club on his final lap and losing time.

George Russell won the intra-Williams battle for 19th place, lapping almost half-a-second faster than teammate Robert Kubica.

Qualifying results:

Cla # Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 1'25.093
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 1'25.099 0.006
3 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 1'25.172 0.079
4 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 1'25.276 0.183
5 10 France Pierre Gasly
Red Bull 1'25.590 0.497
6 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari 1'25.787 0.694
7 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault 1'26.182 1.089
8 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 1'26.224 1.131
9 23 Thailand Alex Albon
Toro Rosso 1'26.345 1.252
10 27 Germany Nico Hulkenberg
Renault 1'26.386 1.293
11 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 1'26.519 1.426
12 7 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 1'26.546 1.453
13 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren 1'26.578 1.485
14 8 France Romain Grosjean
Haas 1'26.757 1.664
15 11 Mexico Sergio Perez
Racing Point 1'26.928 1.835
16 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas 1'26.662 1.569
17 26 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso 1'26.721 1.628
18 18 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point 1'26.762 1.669
19 63 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 1'27.789 2.696
20 88 Poland Robert Kubica
Williams 1'28.257 3.164
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Series Formula 1
Event British GP
Drivers Valtteri Bottas
Teams Mercedes
Author Edd Straw