DarthGrimlock228: You got to go with Hamilton for the pole, he is super strong around here. He has the tools to do it, Bottas will be strong but I feel maybe pipped to it this time.
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Anyone hoping to see some end to Mercedes dominance should look away now.
In each of the past seven years one of their drivers has started the British Grand Prix at the front.
These are the Silverstone pole sitters since 2010…
- 2019 – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
- 2018 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 2017 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 2016 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 2015 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 2014 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
- 2013 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 2012 – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
- 2011 – Mark Webber (Red Bull)
- 2010 – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
And it is a clear Mercedes dominance in the constructors’ title with a mammoth 66-point lead after only THREE races.
We’ve had three races of the season and Mercedes have won all of them – one for Bottas and the last two for Hamilton.
Here is how the drivers’ championship looks at the moment.
Seb Amos: Taking my eight-year-old daughter for bonding at a Saturday practice. She sat with earplugs in reading a book and only got excited when the Harrier flew over and set the car alarms off.
At least she gave it a try, Seb!
So this is the first of two races at Silverstone in two weeks. This race as you know is called the British Grand Prix, with next week’s event being known as the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
The first Formula 1 world championship grand prix took place at Silverstone in May 1950 and here, in some incredible footage, you can watch what racing was like 70 years ago.
This is race four of a much-changed Formula 1 season and recently races in Germany, Portugal and another in Italy have all been added to the line up.
But events in the United States, Mexico and Brazil – three countries currently hit really hard by the coronavirus pandemic – will definitely not go ahead.
F1 bosses are still aiming for a few more additions, including a couple in Abu Dhabi.
This is how the schedule is now looking.
Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live
Deep diving into this session, I think Mercedes for qualifying! Although, can Bottas beat Hamilton? That’s the interesting one. He was a tenth clear in that session but Hamilton so good around this circuit and…he’s Lewis Hamilton…so good in qualifying.
Encouraging that Max Verstappen in the Red Bull is not a million miles away but I don’t think he’ll be able to find the last bit in qualifying but maybe tomorrow he can be classic Verstappen and be a thorn in the side.
Mercedes back where you would expect them to be and it’s a one-two for them. But it’s Valtteri Bottas who takes the glory with a 1:25.873 and that is 0.138 clear of Lewis Hamilton.
The rest of the top 10 is Max Verstappen, Lance Stroll, Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly.
Sebastian Vettel down in 14th, one place behind Alexander Albon who missed the opening 45 minutes because of an electrical problem.
The always-grumpy Kimi Raikkonen is having a moan at someone getting in his way. That someone being his fellow Alfa Romeo man Antonio Giovinazzi.
Valtteri Bottas is still in first spot, but only just with Lewis Hamilton closing the gap to 0.138. Lance Stroll jumps up to fourth, still well behind Verstappen and seven tenths off Bottas.
Lewis Hamilton has got faster, but still not quick enough to regain the session three lead.
- Bottas 1:25.873
- Hamilton +0.206
- Verstappen +0.3
- Sainz +0.791
- Leclerc +0.898
- Norris +0.925
- Ricciardo +0.968
- Gasly +1.173
- Ocon +1.285
- Vettel +1.378
Seven minutes to go. Everyone on the softs.
Scrap that last entry. Albon’s lap is wiped from history for exceeding track limits with that wayward Copse corner. As if it never happened.
So no times in the books at the moment for the Red Bull man.
Only 17th for Albon in his first timed lap of the day after going wide at Copse.
Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live
Simon Rennie’s [Albon’s new race engineer] radio messages are so calming, he just keeps it simple, which will be good for Alex Albon. He has a nice clear track to just get on with it now.
More brake pedal problems for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari so whatever they did yesterday, they may have to do a little bit more of that.
Valtteri Bottas moves to the top with a 1:25.873 but Lewis Hamilton has just slowed down on his lap as he was a bit close to a Ferrari. Hamilton is 0.459 off the top, Max Verstappen remains leader of the rest seven tenths off.
But with only 15 minutes to go, Albon gets himself on to the circuit. Finally.
What of the Williams?
Both men got themselves into Q2 last time out in Hungary and Russell will be in contention to do the same again here later on as he is currently 14th.
Team-mate Nicholas Latifi is the slowest of the 19 to still set a time, with Alexander Albon’s electrical issue denying him any track time so far.
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