SILVERSTONE • Lewis Hamilton made it eight pole positions from nine races in his Mercedes this Formula One season when he posted the fastest qualifying time for today's British Grand Prix.
The 30-year-old Briton had struggled in practice on Friday but put those problems firmly behind him yesterday to take pole ahead of his German team-mate Nico Rosberg.
"It's a very special day for me to take pole here. The fans give me such motivation and I thank them all for their support," said Hamilton. "It's an unbelievable feeling."
The Mercedes team's success gave them a seventh front-row lockout this season, statistics that further confirm the supremacy of their Silver Arrows cars.
In a surprising last push, the two Williams cars of Brazilian Felipe Massa and Finn Valtteri Bottas took third and fourth ahead of an all-Ferrari row three that will be occupied by Finn Kimi Raikkonen and German Sebastian Vettel.
BRITISH GRAND PRIX GRID
Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes
Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams
Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams
Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull
Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Red Bull
Carlos Sainz Jr (Esp) Toro Rosso
Nico Huelkenberg (Ger) Force India
Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull
13 Max Verstappen (Ned) Toro Rosso
17 Fernando Alonso (Esp) McLaren
18 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren
Russian Daniil Kvyat was seventh for Red Bull ahead of Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso, German Nico Huelkenberg of Force India and Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull.
Ricciardo was one of several drivers who suffered after having a lap deleted for running off circuit at Copse to gain an advantage.
Raikkonen also got penalised after posting a fast lap. This left the indignant Finn, who believed he was permitted two wheels on the kerb, facing an exit before the top-10 shoot-out. He squeezed through in ninth with another lap.
The travails of the McLaren team continued with their former world champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button failing to qualify for the second session. They will start on the ninth row of the grid.
F1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX
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