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British Grand Prix - Qualifying Review

British GP - Qualifying: Home boy Hamilton takes the pole
By Armaan Ebrahim


Lewis Hamilton kicked off the action packed sports weekend to give 90,000 spectators at Silverstone exactly what they wanted by dominating qualifying for Sunday's 2013 Formula 1 British Grand Prix, as his team Mercedes secured the front row lockout. Silverstone circuit is built on the site of a World War II Royal Air Force bomber station, RAF Silverstone, which opened in 1943. The airfield's three runways, in classic WWII triangle format, lie within the outline of the present track. It will be nothing short of a war as these drivers enter the fray, be rest assured.

Qualifying as it stands for British GP

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton – P1

Nico Roseberg – P2

A spectacular sight for both Team Mercedes & the crowd, as British driver Hamilton secured the P1 in qualifying with teammate Nico Roseberg (P2) securing the front row lockout for fourth time this season. Dominant through the start of Q1, Hamilton was in his elements in his home country, as he moved to the top of the pile on Q3, after saving tyres in Q2. Nico continued his amazing shift of the season, and moved to the front row. Mercedes will be thankful to have put their tyre issues by the wayside and would hope to challenge for the top positions.

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – P3

Mark Webber – P4

The current world champion put in an amazing shift along with his teammate Mark Webber, for whom it is the last British GP having announced his retirement earlier this week, for Redbull to take the next two qualifying spots after Mercedes. The Red Bull drivers looked the only once to challenge Mercedes’ hegemony and came out trumps with securing the second row in the qualifying. If the form is in qualifying is anything to go by, Red Bulls could pose a serious challenge to the Mercedes duo during the race.

STR- Ferrari

Daniel Ricciardo – P5

Jean Eric Vergne – P12

Daniel Ricciardo continued the revival of STR Ferrari, with amazing lap time to secure the fifth qualifying place. Bidding to continue their recent improvements and looking to stake a claim for the Red Bull first team, Jean Eric Vergne pushed hard but was not helped by running wide as he came out of the Becketts and will finally be starting the race in the 12th place. However, with a lot at stake, both the Toro Rosso drivers will bid hard to create an impression and reward their team with crucial points.

Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil – P6

Paul Di Resta – DSQ

Adrian Sutil showed good pace and some wonderful tyre management to start in the top 10 for the race. Unfortunately for the team, Di Resta qualified a creditable P5 but was frustratingly undone by the underweight car, and will only be allowed to start from the grid, after having been disqualified. However, Sahara Force India admittedly looks in a great shape this season, and in-spite of one of their drivers out of Top 10, it wouldn’t be a surprise if one or both their drivers leave a good impression and collect points during the race.

Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen – P7

Romain Grosjean – P8

Romain Grosjean, after two continuous disappointments, qualified in the Top 10 and finally will start tomorrow’s race from 8th position. Kimi Raikkonen took the last spot in Q2 and used only one chance to set a time, and will start from the 7th position. Its been a few races since both the Lotus drivers have scored points in a single GP, and both the drivers, with decent qualifying will be looking to correct that anomaly at the Silverstone circuit.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso – P9

Filipe Massa – P11

Fernando Alonso’s was vocal about his frustration with the car, after having qualified P10 (changed to P9). In a disappointing qualifying for the Italian team, Filipe Massa could not go beyond Q2, and will have to content with a P11 starting place. However, Consistency is the forte of Alonso and inspite of his disappointments with the car, his team would be expecting him & Massa to move up a few positions, however a podium finish looks bleak, but then we can never quite count the Spaniard Alonso out, can we?

McLaren

Jenson Button – P10

Sergio Perez – P13

With both drivers out of Q2, Mclaren were lucky to get Jenson Button in the 10th place following Paul Di Resta’s disqualification. Struggling to make an impact this year, it remains to be seen whether Mclaren drivers can spark a turn around their fortunes here. Will it be a great homecoming for Hamilton, or will the Red Bulls snatch it from them, lets’ wait and watch!

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes