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F1 2016: British GP Quali Report – Hamilton Grabs Pole

Lewis Hamilton has secured pole position ahead of the 2016 British grand prix.

The Mercedes driver bested teammate Nico Rosberg by three tenths of a second to secure his 55th career pole. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was best of the rest in third ahead of his Australian teammate Daniel Ricciardo in fourth.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen will start fifth after out-qualifying teammate Sebastian Vettel by six tenths of a second. Although Vettel set the sixth quickest time on track he will move back a further five places on the grid after yet another gearbox replacement.

Elsewhere, Jenson Button failed to advance beyond the first part of qualifying as an issue with his rear-wing end-plate confined him to the garage in the opening session of the qualifying hour. McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso made it to the final part of qualifying and with Vettel’s penalty will start the race in ninth.

Further down the grid Rio Haryanto out-qualified teammate Pascal Wehrlein by half a tenth while Marcus Ericsson missed the session. The Sauber driver was taken to hospital for routine checks after crashing heavily in the morning practice session.

Provisional Standings:

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About Natalie Le Clue

Natalie Le Clue is an F1 aficionado of the most dedicated vein. And, true to form for any F1-enamoured junkie, she readily admits to crying the first time she saw a F1 car, calling it an ‘overwhelming moment’. Natalie has won the 2010 gSport Woman In Media award, the 2015 Woman In Media Print award, and has been named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in South African Sport by the Department of Sport and Recreation. Natalie is currently serving as SAfm's F1 correspondent. Follow Natalie on Twitter @nlc27

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