Sport Lewis Hamilton takes pole for F1 British GP for 5th time

17:55  15 july  2017
17:55  15 july  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Lewis Hamilton lays down marker in first practice at Austrian GP

  Lewis Hamilton lays down marker in first practice at Austrian GP Lewis Hamilton came out on top in first practice for this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix as the Mercedes driver laid down a marker to title rival Sebastian Vettel. The Briton topped the timesheet for the first session of the weekend, setting a new lap record at the Red Bull Ring in the process as he sets about closing the gap at the top of the drivers' championship.Vettel was down in fourth for Ferrari as he looks to build on the 14-point lead he holds over Hamilton, with the pair back on track after addressing their recent issues in a press conference on Thursday.

British GP qualifying highlights. Lewis Hamilton set a scintillating pace to take pole position for the British Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton 's margin over the field was a stunning

Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position for the British GP ahead of Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg. Hamilton delivers mental blow with qualy pace. "The penultimate lap was a very good lap which unfortunately was taken away.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the second free practice at the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Friday, July 14, 2017. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday, July 16. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) © The Associated Press Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the second free practice at the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Friday, July 14, 2017. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday, July 16. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the fifth time at the British Grand Prix on Saturday, ahead of Ferrari rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in rainy conditions.

Hamilton sped around Silverstone in 1 minute, 26.6 seconds in front of his home fans.

They cheered the three-time Formula One world champion at the end of a week when he faced criticism for being the only driver to snub a promotional event in London.

Hamilton left 'frustrated' after qualifying means P8 start

  Hamilton left 'frustrated' after qualifying means P8 start Lewis Hamilton was left ‘frustrated’ after a tough qualifying session left him in third place, meaning he will start eighth for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix. After looking very fast through all three practice sessions, Hamilton was set to odds on for pole position, however, he was beaten by his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and title rival Sebastian Vettel. “It’s been a frustrating day for me,” said Hamilton. “I had a chance to be the fastest today and I didn’t quite put it all together on that final lap in Q3. I’m disappointed with my performance in Q3: it would have been great to do a better lap but it obviously wasn’t meant to be. “Valtteri did a fantastic job though to take pole. The gearbox issue hasn’t played on my mind during the weekend but after qualifying, you realise you’re starting further back.” The three-time world champion did go through Q2 on the supersoft tyre, this means he does have options to go longer than his rivals in the opening laps of the race. Mercedes’ differing strategy for him could be put aside as the weather forecast does predict heavy rain for the race, Hamilton stated he is prepared to bide his time and see what will come his way. Hamilton added: “I think it will be tough to make progress tomorrow. The pack is a lot closer than in 2014 when I fought up to P2. But perhaps the weather can come into play. I’ll work as hard as I can to recover and try to get as many points as possible. “We still have great pace and the car has been fantastic here, so I know I’ve got the car to do the job. Let’s see how it all plays out tomorrow.

File: Lewis Hamilton has taken pole for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Photo: AFP / Marwan Naamani. SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom - Lewis Hamilton moved to third place on Saturday in the list of all- time Formula One pole sitters when he secured his eighth pole spot in nine races for

Lewis Hamilton claims pole position for British Grand Prix; Daniel Ricciardo claims fourth spot on grid. “The penultimate lap was a very good lap which unfortunately was taken away. I touched the kerb but it took me British GP Qualifying results. Q3. 1 . Lewis Hamilton , Mercedes, 1 :29.287.

"I feel amazing, especially with a great crowd like this around the track," Hamilton said. "These typical English conditions are what we grew up racing in. I'm comfortable in it."

Relieved too after escaping action for blocking Romain Grosjean during qualifying, with stewards ruling that the Haas car was not impeded.

Hamilton, who is 20 points behind leader Vettel in the drivers' championship, is now one short of Michael Schumacher's all-time record 68 poles.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest, but he has a five-place grid penalty for Sunday's race after being forced to change the gearbox in his Mercedes.

Hamilton takes fourth consecutive British Grand Prix win .
Lewis Hamilton cruised to a fourth consecutive British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas as both Ferraris hit tyre trouble in the dying stages. Hamilton enjoyed the perfect getaway from pole position after an aborted start following Jolyon Palmer’s stoppage on the formation lap, with Max Verstappen passing Sebastian Vettel for third. An early safety car period followed after a clumsy collision between the two Toro Rosso team-mates of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat at Becketts. Sainz was forced to retire, with Kvyat handed a drive-through penalty. Hamilton proceeded to pull away from Kimi Raikkonen at the restart, while Vettel and Verstappen engaged in a monumental battle as the Dutchman defended fiercely from the Ferrari. Vettel then pitted on Lap 19 and executed the undercut to perfection, emerging ahead when the Red Bull driver stopped on the following lap. The leaders then followed suit, while the soft-shod Valtteri Bottas stayed out before switching to the faster supersofts for his final stint on as he continued his impressive fightback. Daniel Ricciardo, who had started from the back, promoted himself into the points places by overtaking both the Force India drivers on fresh rubber. At the front of the field, Bottas had closed in on Vettel, who offered only a brief defence before the Mercedes driver swept past. Bottas was then elevated to second as what seemed to be a puncture forced Raikkonen to pit.

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