Hamilton takes his career 68th pole at the 2017 Formula 1 British Grand Prix ahead of Ferrari’s Raikkonen. Sebastian Vettel will start 3rd on the grid.
Hamilton takes his fifth pole position at Silverstone with another dominant showing in mixed conditions. Raikkonen managed to out qualify his teammate Vettel but there is a quite bit of margin to the the Mercedes on pole, about 0.5 seconds separating them.
Bottas managed to qualify 4th but will drop down to 9th courtesy of the penalty. This has elevated Verstappen one place up followed by Hulkenberg who really loved the wet conditions. The two Force Indias of Perez and Ocon will start 6th and 7th followed by Vandoorne who qualified an impressive 8th. Grosjean will start the race in 10th place. Palmer narrowly missed out on a spot in Q3 and hopes his race finish will be in the points.
The Toro Rossos and Williams are down in 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th which is a disappointing showing especially from Williams after they looked promising in Free Practices. Maybe their race pace will be better and might end up finishing in the points. Kevin Magnussen will start 16th ahead of the two Saubers who would have been the slowest cars had it not been for Ricciardo and Alonso who will be starting 19th and 20th. Ricciardo had a turbo failure in Q1 ending his qualifying resulting him starting from the back. Alonso also had various power unit changes all amounting to a 30 place grid penalty.
Qualifying was slightly dramatic with changing weather conditions enabling many drivers to put up competitive times despite racing in slower cars. Rain is the equaliser erasing the horsepower deficit to a limit bringing out the true talent of the racers separating the great from the good.
Alonso tops Q1! Yes you read it right, Alonso in his Honda powered McLaren managed to top the time sheets after Q1 and comfortably moved into Q2. Ricciardo had a turbo failure ending his qualifying then and there. Well you want to know how Alonso got P1 in Q1? There was a bit of rain during Q1 and everyone did their runs on inters and towards the end of the session, the track had dried enough for slicks. Alonso didn’t have anything to lose, popped into the pits to put on slicks manages to start his lap just as the timers went zero, and put the fastest time in P1. Hulkenberg also had a great outing.
Stroll, Magnussen, Wehrlein, Ericsson, Ricciardo
The track had dried off sufficiently for slick tyres and everyone came out on super softs. Bottas though did the session on softs as you start the race on these tyres and with his penalties coming by was a good strategy call. Hamilton set the fastest time after Q2 followed by Bottas. Hulkenberg was leading the time sheets for a while but as the track dried out, the superiority of the Mercedes cars shone resulting in faster time being set. Alonso didn’t get into Q3 but his teammate Vandoorne did.
Palmer, Kvyat, Alonso, Sainz, Massa
Hamilton just raised the bar and set the fastest time, well ahead of the rest of the competition.
Race Day will be interesting especially if its wet. But the forecast is sunny and dry, lets hope for some rain and the race to be chaotic.
Who are you supporting to win the Driver’s Championship of 2017? It’s Bottas for us!
Too lazy to type anything, so re quoting from the best F1 driver in the world:
“On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit'. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”
― Ayrton Senna