Share01 August 2020The world champion takes his claws out at the decisive moment and grabs pole position. Despite a spin in Q2, Lewis Hamilton will start ahead of everyone in the British Grand Prix. In the qualifying for the fourth round of the Formula 1 World Championship on the Silverstone circuit, the English Mercedes driver in 1'24 ”303 preceded his teammate Valtteri Bottas by 313 thousandths, for a first row of silver arrows. Max Verstappen (Aston Martin Red Bull, 1'25 "325) and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc (1'25" 427) will start from the second row. From the third, Lando Norris' McLaren and Lance Stroll's SportPesa Racing Point will start. Carlos Sainz (McLaren) and Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) follow. In the fifth row the other Renault of Estaban Ocon and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel (1'26 "339).
"In the end, there is a big gap between us and third place. Valtteri pushed me to the limit, I struggled at some point I also turned around, I tried to find calm and in Q3 it went well. It is not was taken for granted. " So Hamilton hot. "It would have been nice to see people here, they lack their energy, but I hope the fans are happy," he adds, alluding to the absence of the audience.
Leclerc is under investigation for an unsafe release : the Monegasque driver, coming out of the pits, risked a collision with Stroll, and the stewards decided to better analyze the situation. The Ferrari driver risks a penalty of three positions on the grid.
In Q1 and Q2, Bottas fastest in 1'25 "801 and 1'25" 015 respectively. In the first he puts Hamilton and Verstappen behind him. Ferrari chases: eighth time for Sebastian Vettel, just behind Charles Leclerc who gets the ninth time trial. Eliminated at the end of the eighteen minutes available Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen with the Alfa Romeo still in difficulty, as well as the two Haas of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean and Nicholas Latifi (Williams). Also in Q2 Bottas in front of Hamilton, protagonist of an error: just under nine minutes from the end, the British driver ended up in the head-tail and forced the stewards to expose the red flags and temporarily suspend the session to allow to clean up the track. Leclerc fifth time behind Verstappen and Sainz, Vettel closes with the ninth time trial. Alexander Albon on Red Bull was eliminated at the end of Q2 by surprise, in addition to the two Alpha Tauri of Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat, to Nico Hulkenberg on Racing Point and George Russell (Williams).