Formula One: Lewis Hamilton takes pole for British Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton moved to third place on Saturday in the list of all-time Formula One pole sitters when he secured his eighth pole spot in nine races for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
Responding to a below-par run in practice on Friday, the series leader and defending two-time world champion made the most of overnight improvements to his car -- and passionate support from his home fans -- to beat his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by a tenth of a second in a tense qualifying session at Silverstone.
The 30-year-old Briton clocked a best time of one minute and 32.248 seconds on his first run to beat the German by one-tenth of a second. Neither man improved on their final runs in the final seconds.
Hamilton’s success gave him his second successive pole for his home race.
It is also the 46th pole position of his career, a total that took him one ahead of four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel, who has taken 45, and leaves only seven-time champion German Michael Schumacher, with 68, and three-time champion Brazilian Ayrton Senna, on 65, ahead.