15 July 2017, Silverstone
Lewis storms to his fifth British Grand Prix pole at Silverstone
Lewis claimed his 67th career pole position Ė his fifth at the Silverstone Circuit and sixth of the 2017 season
Lewisí fifth British Grand Prix pole equals the great Jim Clarkí s long-time British GP pole record and moves him within one pole of Michael Schumacherís all-time record of 68
Valtteri was fourth quickest - and will provisionally start Sunday's British Grand Prix from ninth
Lewisí pole is the eighth in 10 races for the Silver Arrows in 2017
Lewis completed three runs in Q1 (Soft & Intermediate), two runs in Q2 (SuperSoft) and two runs in Q3 (SuperSoft)
Valtteri completed three runs in Q1 (two Intermediate, one Soft), two Soft runs in Q2 and two SuperSoft runs in Q3
Driver Lewis Hamilton
Chassis No. F1 W08 EQ Power+/05
Q1 P3 1:39.069 10 Laps
Q2 P1 1:27.893 8 Laps
Q3 P1 1:26.600 7 Laps
Driver Valtteri Bottas
Chassis No. F1 W08 EQ Power+/03
Q1 P5 1:39.698 10 Laps
Q2 P2 1:28.732 9 Laps
Q3 P4 1:27.376 7 Laps
I canít really explain in words just how good that pole feels. A fifth Silverstone pole, equal with Jim Clark, it just feels crazy to me Ė itís surreal to be up there with these legends. Iím so happy with how this weekend has gone. We started on the right foot straight from FP1 and weíve built up from there. I loved the conditions in Q1 Ė itís tough but those changeable conditions are so much fun. Then it was all about pushing to the limit as the track dried out, extracting everything out of the car. Everything has just been so perfect and I knew it was a spectacular lap - I knew that had to be it. I feel like Iím driving the best Iíve ever driven, so I hope the results start to show that. Itís been super tight recently, so to end up with a gap of seven tenths to the Ferraris is a nice surprise. I would never intentionally get in the way of anyone. I donít think I was in the way of Romain, but if I was I apologise. The home support has been incredible and Iím so proud to take pole here again. It blows me away to see all of the flags. Thereís nowhere else in the world where a driver gets this kind of love and support.
Qualifying was tough. Itís not ideal to be starting P9 but we start tomorrow on a different tyre to the cars ahead of us, which could offer up some good opportunities to move forward. The Soft should be a good race tyre and I know anything is possible from there. Iíll have to be careful to not get stuck behind traffic, but that Soft tyre should give me the opportunity to move forward as others stop. The balance of the car wasnít bad, but I really struggled for grip. The lock-up at Turn 3 on the final run cost me a bit of time, but it doesnít explain the gap to the front. Lewis seemed to be able to get the heat into the tyres better than me today in the cooler conditions after the rain. I just didnít have enough grip to compete for pole as the track dried out. Weíll look into that tonight. We definitely have a strong car here and weíve been competitive all weekend, so Iíll be pushing all out tomorrow to make up some ground.
That was a really fantastic performance from Lewis. As he was on the final lap, we could hear the excitement from the crowd in the garage; I think this is the only country in the world where the grandstands cheer the sector times in qualifying! But Lewis put everything together at the right moment and delivered something really spectacular for the fans. As for Valtteri, he had a tougher job today, jumping between the tyre compounds so he could start the race on the soft tyre. It is not easy to put the laps together when you have this moving target of grip and it was particularly hard to see him lose out to Vettel by just two hundredths. But that is what it is and starting on the offset tyre compound will give him opportunities to make progress tomorrow.
James Allison, Technical Director
That was a very intense hour in mixed conditions and it proved challenging for the team and drivers alike. It was pleasing to see that the car was very competitive in all of those different conditions, with both drivers setting competitive times in both the damp early stages and the dry at the end. In the final reckoning, it was a little bit disappointing for Valtteri that he couldnít reproduce his strong pace on the final runs, but we know that it is challenging jumping between the tyre compounds. On the other side of the garage, Lewis did an epic job. It was a flawless final run and good to see him put a decent stretch of clean water between himself and the opposition, demonstrating both his and the carís pace.