Formula 1 2020: Lewis Hamilton grabs pole position at British GP qualifying ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas

Hamilton needs five more wins to equal Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record of 91 GP wins. The defending champion is also odds-on to equal the F1 great's record of seven world titles.

The Associated Press August 01, 2020 20:58:02 IST
Formula 1 2020: Lewis Hamilton grabs pole position at British GP qualifying ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas

Silverstone: Lewis Hamilton set a new track record at the British Grand Prix and clinched a record-extending 91st pole position on Saturday.

He needs five more wins to equal Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record of 91 GP wins. The defending champion is also odds-on to equal the F1 great's record of seven world titles.

He clocked a time of one minute 24.303 seconds at the Silverstone circuit where he was won a record six times.

“This track is just awesome,” the 35-year-old Hamilton said. "It's like juggling balls when you're on a moving plate."

He was .313 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and about one second faster than Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

“They were just way too fast,” Verstappen said of Mercedes. “You just have to accept that and do the best you can.”

Charles Leclerc gave Ferrari a small boost with fourth ahead of Lando Norris, who could face a grid penalty after failing to slow down under a yellow flag in the second part of qualifying when Hamilton made a rare mistake. He span his car and sent gravel spraying, bringing the session to a brief halt after Bottas had set the quickest time.

Vettel, who had problems with under steering and almost went off the track toward the end of Q3, was only 10th fastest in qualifying.

Red Bull’s Alexander Albon finished 12th ahead of Racing Point's last-minute replacement Nico Hulkenberg. He lost his seat in F1 this year, and is driving because Sergio Perez tested positive for the coronavirus following a trip back to his native Mexico after his mother had an accident.

Nicolas Latifi's Williams span off the track near the end of Q1, the latest incident in the Canadian driver's difficult start in F1.

“It's just a driver error, no excuses,” he said.

Kimi Raikkonen and Kevin Magnussen were also among the five drivers eliminated from Q1.

Earlier, Bottas posted the fastest time in third and final practice ahead of Hamilton and Verstappen in somewhat cooler conditions following Friday’s stifling heat.

Vettel was a miserable 14th, once again coming into the garage for repairs after a similar problem with the car's pedals on Friday.

The fourth race of the season is again being held without fans because of virus restrictions.

“It doesn’t feel like a British Grand Prix in that respect," Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said. "The atmosphere obviously isn’t here."

Mercedes won the first three races, Bottas clinching the season-opener in Austria and Hamilton winning the next two in Austria and Hungary.

Like Austria, Britain is hosting back-to-back races at Silverstone.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Formula 1 2020: Valtteri Bottas finishes fastest ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at Spanish GP's first practice
Sports

Formula 1 2020: Valtteri Bottas finishes fastest ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at Spanish GP's first practice

Bottas clocked a best lap in one minute and 16.785 seconds to outpace the six-time champion by 0.039sec with last Sunday’s race victor Max Verstappen third for Red Bull, nine-tenths adrift of the fastest time.

Formula 1 2020: Valtteri Bottas signs contract extension with Mercedes until end of next season
Sports

Formula 1 2020: Valtteri Bottas signs contract extension with Mercedes until end of next season

Bottas, who was runner-up to Hamilton last year, joined Mercedes in 2017 and has so far notched eight wins and 12 pole positions with the team.

Formula 1 2020: Valtteri Bottas seizes pole position for 70th Anniversary Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton
Sports

Formula 1 2020: Valtteri Bottas seizes pole position for 70th Anniversary Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton

This is Valtteri Bottas' first pole since the opening race of the pandemic-delayed season in Austria, which he went on to win.