British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton takes 67th career pole position
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 15, 2017 Updated: 8:03 PM
SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom -- Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took his 67th career pole position ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix before thousands of fellow Britons as he equals F1 legend Jim Clark for most British Grand Prix poles.
“It’s really hard to put into words because... of course I grew up watching TV, I remember seeing Nigel with the support and thinking, “wow, I wonder what that feels like?” I’m sure we’ve all done that. I wonder what it feels like having all that focus and attention and support pointing into one spot, into me. I’ve been really privileged over the past ten years to come here and receive that love. I feel like I’ve really grown with the fans over this time. It definitely helps when you have good results. The fans leave... regardless if we do win they still have a great weekend but of course it helps when you have a Brit win the grand prix and British flags at P1. It really is, it’s so energizing,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton ran a time of 1:26.600 with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in second. Hamilton's milestone pole briefly came under investigation for allegedly impeding Haas driver Romain Grosjean during Q3.
Hamilton was cleared after the stewards confirmed that there would be no further action would be taken against him allowing him to retain his record equaling pole.
Raikkonen’s teammate Sebastian Vettel finished 0.756s behind Hamilton in third while Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas came in fourth but will start ninth after receiving a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change. Bottas’s penalty will reshuffle the starting grid for Sunday’s race.
“We are quite happy with the result and our performance was good. I think it will be tough tomorrow considering that Mercedes has been very quick for the whole weekend. Our car today was good and felt amazing, so overall I am happy,” said Vettel.
Max Verstappen, who qualified fifth for Red Bull Racing, will move up to fourth followed by a very impressive qualifying result from Nico Hulkenberg in sixth, who will start fifth for Renault.
Force India’s Sergio Perez took seventh but will start sixth ahead of Esteban Ocon in eighth, but will end up taking his teammate’s place in seventh. McLaren-Honda’s Stoffel Vandoorne will get to take advantage of moving up to eighth with Bottas serving his penalty leaving him in ninth. Bottas will try to move up the field quickly as chooses to start tomorrow’s race on the soft tire. Haas driver Romain Grosjean took the tenth and final qualifying spot.
“It was a very difficult qualifying session and it was important to be on track at the right time, especially during Q1 the wet conditions. I was disappointed we didn’t finish one place higher and when the gap is so small you know you had the chance to be ahead,” said Ocon.
Jolyon Palmer, who shares the home spotlight with Hamilton this weekend, just missed the top-ten by 0.088s in 11th but hopes to still take advantage of what was a positive result for Renault.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat finished 12th ahead of Vandoorne’s teammate Fernando Alonso in 13th. Alonso will start from the back after he receives a 30-place engine penalty which means the lower half of the grid will move around also. This will move Carlos Sainz from 14th to 13thwith Williams’ Felipe Massa, who qualified 15th, moving to 14th.
Massa’s teammate Lance Stroll will start 15th after losing out in Q2 while Grosjean’s Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen will move up to 16th. The Sauber’s of Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson will move up to 17th and 18th.
Max Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo qualified at the bottom of the order after suffering a turbo issue in Q1. Ricciardo will receive a penalty for a gearbox change as well as a penalty for additional power unit elements that were replaced on his car. He will start 19th after Alonso receives his penalties.