Valtteri Bottas is pole position in Silverstone

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W10. Source: Mercedes
Valtteri Bottas surprised his teammate and fan favorite Lewis Hamilton and scored the pole position for the British Grand Prix.

The Finn arrived at Silverstone in a bad phase, but from the first practice he was strong and close to Hamilton. In Q3, when the first positions are set, the Englishman made a mistake in his first attempt and was unable to recover on the second lap. Good for Bottas who secured pole position, just 6 thousandths of a second ahead of Lewis, and will control the start in tomorrow’s race.

Charles Leclerc put his Ferrari in 3rd place on the grid, only 79 thousandths of a second slower than pole time. The Monegasque proved to be the strongest rider of the Italian team during the whole training and poses as the biggest threat to the Mercedes pair for the race.

Still on high hills from his sensational victory in Austria, Max Verstappen scored the 4th time in the standings and closes the second row of the grid, just ahead of his Red Bull teammate Pierre Gasly. On the other side of the red garage, Sebastian Vettel suffered from the lack of pace in his car and problems with the DRS and will only start in 6th.

Following the inconstant season of Renault, Daniel Ricciardo has qualified as the “best of the rest” in 7th and divides the 4th row of the grid with the new English sensation, Lando Norris and his Mclaren. Alexander Albon, also racing at home for the first time, impressed and put his Toro Rosso in 9th, while Nico Hulkenberg closed the top 10 for the race at Silverstone.

Grid to start for the British Grand Prix

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’25.093
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’25.099 0.006
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’25.172 0.079
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’25.276 0.183
5 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1’25.590 0.497
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’25.787 0.694
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1’26.182 1.089
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1’26.224 1.131
9 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1’26.345 1.252
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’26.386 1.293
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1’26.519 1.426
12 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1’26.546 1.453
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren 1’26.578 1.485
14 Romain Grosjean Haas 1’26.757 1.664
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1’26.928 1.835
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1’26.662 1.569
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1’26.721 1.628
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1’26.762 1.669
19 George Russell Williams 1’27.789 2.696
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1’28.257 3.164


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