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F1 2017: British Gp Qualifying Report – Hamilton Supreme

Mercedes driver and home-town favourite Lewis Hamilton scored the 67th pole position of his career ahead of the 2017 British grand prix.

There was little in the way of a challenge to Lewis Hamilton under the cloudy Northamptonshire skies as he imperiously took pole position by half a second. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen will share the front row of the grid with the Brit while Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen line up in third and fourth, respectively.

While Valtteri Bottas set the fourth quickest time in the final part of quali his five place grid penalty for a gearbox change means that he will start ninth. Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg punched above his weight and will start fifth in Renault. Equally impressive was McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne. The Belgian driver will start ninth and has out-qualified teammate Fernando Alonso for the first time in 2017.

Saturday qualifying was already compromised for Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo incurring a five place grid penalty for a pre-cautionary gearbox change. However, to add insult to extreme frustration the Aussie driver suffered a suspected Turbo failure in the first part of the qualifying session which will see him start 19th on Sunday’s grid.

Qualifying Standings:

POS DRIVER CAR TIME GAP
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.600s  –
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.147s  0.547s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m27.356s  0.756s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m28.130s  1.530s
5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m28.856s  2.256s
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m28.902s  2.302s
7 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m29.074s  2.474s
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m29.418s  2.818s
9 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Penalty  –
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m29.549s  –
11 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m30.193s  –
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m30.355s  –
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m31.368s  –
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m31.482s  –
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m42.573s  –
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m42.577s  –
17 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.593s  –
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.633s  –
19 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m42.966s  –
20 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m30.600s  –

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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