Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole for the 2016 British Grand Prix today, nearly missing it after his first flyer lap got deleted for exceeding track limits. The Brit performed flawless in front of his home crowd, beating teammate Rosberg in the final session. The latter will start from P2. The Red Bulls have been faster than Ferrari all weekend, with Verstappen leading the pace game, he will start from third alongside his teammate Ricciardo.
The British Grand Prix is one of the oldest in history, having been held for a record 70 times since 1926. Both Alain Prost and Jim Clark hold the record for most wins at five in the drivers’ category while Ferrari leads the manufacturer category with 15 wins.
2016 British Grand Prix Qualifying Results
1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes
3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull
4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull
5. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
6. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari
7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams
8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso
9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India
10. Fernando Alonso – Force India
The qualifying session had 21 cars, one car less after Sauber’s Ericsson crashed during free practice today. He walked away from the incident but the car suffered significant damage. As for Sebastian Vettel, he will get another gearbox penalty after his team was forced to replace it again after FP3. As a result, the Ferrari driver will drop five places on the final grid for tomorrow’s race.
Manors were the first to head out in Q1 and everyone appeared to be on softs. Rosberg and Hamilton set the first flyer laps while Grosjean and Gutierrez went third and fourth in their first attempts.
Six minutes left on the clock and the order was the same for the first two, Verstappen and Raikkonen were now third and fourth. Eliminated in this session were Button, Palmer, Haryanto, Wehrlein and Nasr. Ericsson was MIA in this session after his FP3 incident.
The top ten in Q1 were Rosberg, Hamilton, Verstappen, Raikkonen, Vettel, Ricciardo, Bottas, Sainz, Massa and Gutierrez.
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 9, 2016
Rosberg and Hamilton were first out in Q2, and they were on soft tires. Rosberg’s 1m29.970s was first on the clock but Hamilton beat that with a 1m29.243s. And he was immediately called to the pits, “Box box, this is race tire set, look after them.”
Raikkonen then spun at the Club but Vettel was able to put the other Ferrari in fourth. In second attempt, Raikkonen locked up at the Village before going off the track. He finally made it to the top ten by going sixth fastest. Eliminated in this section were Perez, Massa, Grosjean, Gutierrez, Kvyat and Magnussen.
The top ten fastest in Q2 were Hamilton, Rosberg, Verstappen, Vettel, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Bottas, Sainz, Alonso and Hulkenberg.
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) July 9, 2016
Rosberg on soft tires was the first out in Q3, and was followed immediately by almost everyone but Sainz. Rosberg’s 1m29.606s flyer lap was fastest for a moment before Hamilton went faster with a 1m29.339s.
Hamilton’s lap was deleted for violating track limits at Copse, handing over the provisional pole to Rosberg. He had one last chance to set a time before the end of the session.
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 9, 2016
And a 1m29.287s for Hamilton gave him back the provisional pole, meanwhile, Alonso’s time was also deleted for exceeding track limits at Stowe.
Final order of Q3 was Hamilton, Rosberg, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Vettel, Bottas, Hulkenberg, Sainz and Alonso.