Hamilton takes home pole

lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the 2018 British Grand Prix setting a new lap record at the death of the session. It means that the Mercedes driver is one step closer to becoming the most successful British driver at the British Grand Prix.

Qualifying was done before it had even begun for Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley as a massive crash in Free Practice 3 but him out of the session.

When Q1 got underway, it was stopped almost immediately after Lance Stroll spun at Brooklands and, stuck in the gravel, became the second casualty of the first part of qualifying.

Joining the pair in the drop zone was Sergey Sirotkin, Stoffel Vandoorne and Carlos Sainz, who was knocked out by his teammate at the death of the session.

All the front runners opted for the soft in Q2 meaning that all of the top ten will start of the softs for tomorrow’s race. Towards the end of the session, many drivers failed to improve. meaning that Ericsson will start 15th, Gasly 14th, Also 13th with Hulkenberg and Perez lining up together on the sixth row.

Vettel had the upper hand in the first part of Q3, with Hamilton second, and Bottas third. However in the final runs, Hamilton put together a better lap to take provisional pole, and a poor first sector for Vettel put pay to any chances of taking pole back, despite being quicker than the Brit in the final two sectors.

Raikkonen also found his way past Bottas to third, while Verstappen won the battle of the Red Bulls. Magnussen got the better of Grosjean on the fourth row while Leclerc qualified ninth beating Ocon.

The 2018 British GrandPrix gets underway at 1300UTC tomorrow.

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