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GP England 2015 (qualifying): Hamilton pole at home game

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GP England 2015 (qualifying)
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D he qualification units are almost firmly in the this year Hand of Lewis Hamilton. For the eighth time this season, the Briton clinched the best starting position at his home game at Silverstone. Only at the Spanish GP did the world champion have to line up behind. Back then behind Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton with 46th career pole

On Saturday afternoon, Hamilton had his team-mate under control again. In 1: 32.248 minutes, he lapped the 5.891-kilometer track, relegating Rosberg to second place by 0.113 seconds. Hamilton set his best in the first attempt in Q3. 'The first attempt was very important. I had a fantastic middle sector. I love the corners there. Overall, I had a lot of understeer in qualifying. And the wind made it very difficult,' said Hamilton, who celebrated his 46th career pole.

'I actually thought that Lewis couldn't beat my first lap because it was very good. But he was a tenth faster', reported Rosberg, who was also his fastest with the first set of tires Made time in Q3. 'Something was wrong with the second set of tires at the front left. I had massive understeer.

Felipe Massa landed in third place. The Williams driver overtook his stable mate Valtteri Bottas. Massa in his last attempt in Q3 In contrast to many of his colleagues, he managed to improve again in the last attempt. Qualifying was a disappointment for Ferrari. Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel were in fifth and sixth, moving from the third row into the Race on Sunday.

Daniil Kvyat was behind in the Red Bull. The young Russian had his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo (10th) under control. Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz were ahead of the Australians.

Sobering result for Verstappen

Sergio Perez in the second Force India narrowly missed the jump into the top 10. The Mexican lost in his fastest attempt in the second qualifier tion part a whopping 0.575 seconds on his team mate.

It would have been a bit faster for Perez, but the stewards canceled his best time. Because he came off the track on all four wheels in Copse Corner. In any case, the rule keepers cracked down on turn nine and took various lap times out of the ranking.

Including the fastest of Romain Grosjean, who lined up behind Perez in the Lotus. His teammate Pastor Maldonado reached the 14th position. Things are not going well for Lotus this weekend. Maldonado already complained on Friday about the lack of balance in the car.

Max Verstappen experienced a sobering Saturday afternoon. In the free practice sessions, the 17-year-old was always among the top drivers. 'I just don't have any grip on the rear axle. Regardless of the corner,' the Dutchman complained over the pit radio. This fact was reflected in the 13th place. Marcus Ericsson was 15th in the Sauber.

Both McLaren out in Q1

Felipe Nasr already got it in the first run. The Sauber driver missed the Q2 hurdle by just eleven thousandths. But it is well known that it is just over. McLaren-Honda experienced another disappointment. Both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button achieved only the unsatisfactory ranks 17 and 18 for the team that had started with high ambitions before the season.

Alonso, who said nothing on the radio after his engineer had given him cleared up about the failure, was less than a tenth missing in his fastest attempt to advance to the second part. With his time of 1: 34.959 minutes, he left his teammates behind by around two and a half tenths. Although Button has another update on his car: the further development of the front wing, new mirrors and side box wings as well as a lightweight chassis. Alonso, on the other hand, is still using the version from Austria.

The Manor drivers will start the race from the last row on the grid. Provided that there are no more penalties after qualifying. Will Stevens scored his sixth success in the qualifying duel with Roberto Merhi.

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