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
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1’25.276||0.183|
|5||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull||1’25.590||0.497|
|9||Alex Albon||Toro Rosso||1’26.345||1.252|
|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|
|15||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||1’26.928||1.835|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1’26.721||1.628|
|18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||1’26.762||1.669|