Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Lewis Hamilton landed third consecutive British Grand Prix pole position

Lewis Hamilton landed third consecutive British Grand Prix pole position

"This is definitely the best position to start from", Hamilton told reporters.

"I was coming around to start my lap, Valtteri [Bottas] was up ahead, so I was, as we all do, trying to get the space".

Hamilton served a five-place grid drop last weekend after he, too, had to take on a new gearbox following damage sustained at the previous round in Azerbaijan. Hamilton started eighth in Austria following his grid sanction, before crossing the line in fourth.

Ferrari finished the day only three-tenths of a second adrift after Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel also used the supersoft tyres, and Mercedes expect them also to go faster tomorrow.

Lewis Hamilton was in no mood to entertain what he described as "the dumbest question" in a pre-British Grand Prix media conference, but thankfully a jovial Daniel Ricciardo stepped in to prevent an awkward exchange.

"We had a run planned with it, but I didn't like it so we took it off".

Silverstone had a crowd of 139,000 on race day a year ago, the biggest of any current grand prix, but BRDC chairman John Grant said that even with that attendance it still could not make a profit due to high hosting fees.

Hamilton, who failed to make the podium in the last two races, was competing in front of home fans amid an ongoing backlash for being the only driver to fail to attend a live F1 showcase in central London on Wednesday.

Brazilian driver Felipe Massa missed the second half of the 2009 season when driving for Ferrari. Hamilton then cut down to 1m 29.069s, again on softs, before Bottas replied with 1m 28.827s and Raikkonen improved to 1m 29.395s.

"I've tried to prepare the best that I can by being very relaxed over the past few days", said Hamilton, who slipped 20 points adrift of the four-time champion at last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix where he started eighth on the grid, thanks to a five-place penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change on his Mercedes auto.

Red Bull were the only team who opted for intermediates and it paid off as they set the pace.

Thankfully for the three-time world champion, his record at Silverstone has been nothing short of superb.

"The vision is not very good [with the shield cockpit protection] and I think it's because of the curvature that creates a bit of distortion. It's always the same story, but we can run the same settings in the race". It is now the FIA's preferred option over the "canopy" and the "halo".

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