Lewis Hamilton takes milestone pole position at Silverstone
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 7, 2018 Updated: 1:16 PM PT
SILVERSTONE, U.K. — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took his 76th career pole on home soil as just 0.044s separate him and title rival Sebastian Vettel ahead of tomorrow's British Grand Prix.
Hamilton reached another milestone in his career as he ties Ayrton Senna for most poles by a driver at their home Grand Prix. After the session, and filled with emotion, Hamilton was happy he was able to take his sixth British Grand Prix pole in front of a home crowd.
“Oh man, I needed… I gave it everything I could. It was so close between these Ferraris. The Ferraris pulled something out when we got to Q3. I was just praying I could do it for you guys, and I’m so grateful for the support, because without you guys I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” said Hamilton.
Vettel had briefly taken the provisional pole from Hamilton after his first flying lap. Hamilton hit back on his final flying lap setting a new track record of 1:25.892 with Vettel losing out to Hamilton in the first two sectors on his final flying lap.
Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished third after knocking on the door of Hamilton’s time after pulling a strong first and third sector in the closing minutes, but it wasn’t enough as he crossed the line 0.098s off the British driver. Valtteri Bottas finished 0.325s off his teammate in fourth.
With a run of bad luck on Friday, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was able to finish fifth ahead of his teammate Daniel Ricciardo in sixth.
Haas’ put both their cars inside the top the with Kevin Magnussen in seventh and teammate Romain Grosjean eighth. Charles Leclerc makes another Q3 appearance for the second time this season in ninth. Esteban Ocon finished tenth with Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg splitting the Force Indias in 11th followed by Sergio Perez in 12th.
Fernando Alonso will start 13th with Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly in 14th while Leclerc’s teammate Marcus Ericsson finished 15th. Carlos Sainz, who complained about of being held up by Kevin Magnussen, finished 16th in the second Renault followed by Stoffel Vandoorne 17th.
Williams drivers Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll will join Brendon Hartley’s Toro Rosso from the pit lane after both Williams cars dropped out in Q1 and Hartley suffered a massive crash in the final practice session earlier in the day.