Lewis Hamilton has improved his chances for making it three wins in a row at the British Grand Prix. His pole-securing lap came after his penultimate pole-securing lap time was eliminated due to exceeding track limits but the 3-time champ fought back in the waning minute of Q3 and secured pole by 0.319s effectively having to set pole twice.
The American broadcast started coverage suggesting that the FIA were to clamp down on any track limit incidents with zero tolerance and when Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen exceeded track limits but weren’t penalized, the NBC Sports crew were slightly confused by that. When Hamilton’s lap was eliminated, the crew were slightly miffed as to why only to reveal during the broadcast that guest steward Nigel Mansell tweeted the details. According to Mansell, pre-race driver instructions were that track limits would be enforced with zero tolerance at Turns 9, 15 and 18 – Copse, Stowe and Club.
Nevertheless, Hamilton’s deleted lap was motivation to do it again and Lewis promptly put in a blinder and took pole. His teammate was also summoned to the FIA for a breach in regulations for exceeding the maximum time between the safety car line after pit exit and the safety car line before pit entry. He was absolved of any penalties.
Red Bull looked good in qualifying besting Ferrari with Max Verstappen also outqualifying team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, for the first time since moving over to the team mid-season, by 0.305s.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen topped teammate Sebastian Vettel and the German will start in 11th due to a gearbox-change penalty.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m30.313s||1.026s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m30.618s||1.331s|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m31.989s||2.702s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m32.172s||2.885s|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m31.875s||–|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m32.306s||–|