Lewis Hamilton breaks Silverstone record as he takes pole position for British Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas

Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole position for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone as he delivered a track record time.

Hamilton secured the 91st pole of his career and is the favourite to win Sunday’s race in the coronavirus affected 2020 season.

Lewis Hamilton will be on pole for the British Grand Prix

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Hamilton broke the track record at Silverstone

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Mercedes asserted their dominance at the Northampton circuit as Valtteri Bottas was second but was 0.313 slower than the British driver’s time of 1:24.303

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen finished third, but the Dutchman was a full second behind Hamilton. Charles Leclerc was even further back in fourth for Ferrari.

After finishing on pole, Hamilton said: ”Obviously there’s a relatively big gap between us and third place, but it doesn’t matter at the end of the day – Valtteri (Bottas) is pushing me right to the limit. He’s been doing such a fantastic job all weekend.

Lewis Hamilton has finished on pole 91 times in his career

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“I made some changes going into qualifying and it was worse, it was a real struggle out there. This track is awesome because with a gust of wind, you have a tailwind and headwind and crosswind across the circuit so it’s like juggling balls like you’re on a moving plate, at high speed!

“Obviously we had that spin. Qualifying is a lot about confidence building and man, I was already down and down in the first sector every lap. I don’t know how, but some deep breaths manage to compose myself. Q3 still wasn’t perfect but still a really clean lap, and the second one even better. It never gets old that’s for sure.”

Source: TalkSport.com Motorsport