Valtteri Bottas has taken pole position at the British Grand Prix, finishing 0.006s ahead of Mercedes-AMG F1 teammate and home favourite, Lewis Hamilton.
Bottas topped FP2 and was there or thereabouts in FP3. He stepped it up in Qualifying though and quite obviously ate his porridge followed by his espresso/chewing gum combo!
Lewis made small mistakes in S2 and S3 on his respective Q3 runs. To make matters worse, he cunningly got a tow from Valtteri during one of his hot laps, but his small corrections prevented him from benefiting from the extra pace and tenths that he had gained.
Despite that, Hamilton has become a much stronger starter on Sunday’s, capitalising on the poor starts of others, as seen at the beginning of the Austrian Grand Prix as he jumped a stalling Max Verstappen, to challenge for the lead into the Niki Lauda Kurve. Hamilton also started strongly at last year’s British Grand Prix but was clattered into by then Scuderia Ferrari driver, Kimi Raikkonen.
Lewis will be hoping that he has the perfect bite point tomorrow to arrow off the line and pop ahead of Valtteri during the second and third aspects of the launch phase.
The first car on the second row of the grid is the Monegasque startlet in scarlet, Charles Leclerc. Charles16 was the standout of the Scuderia today. Though he was unable to match the roaring pace of the W10’s, he was able to gallop into third place, giving Ferrari a real fighting chance on Lap 1 of making up the crucial positions necessary.
Behind the first of the Prancing Horses, come the charging bulls...
The RedBulls of Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly impressed, finishing in P4 and P5. Gasly especially drove well today, Qualifying in his best position yet for AMRBR. Gasly has come under some serious scrutiny both from fans and those working within F1. Today, I believed he finally matched the potential of his RB15 and silenced his doubters for today at least. He will need to provide another positive result tomorrow to keep them quiet until the German Grand Prix, I think.
As for Verstappen, he has been consistent in maximising the package he’s been provided with and while the balance may not have been 100% today, he certainly extracted 90% out of his RB15 today - himself and Gasly have given RedBull a great springboard to launch from for tomorrow’s long and challenging race!
Sebastian Vettel limped home in P6, adding to a rather disappointing showing over the last few weeks. Something appears to be off about both Vettel and his respective SF90... I look forward to seeing his comments about today’s display and how he feels he can rectify these issues... I personally feel that his tyre choices, compiled with some slight mechanical woes are the notions preventing Vettel from driving at a higher level like he did in Canada for example.
The British Grand Prix is the most hotly-anticipated race of the season for drivers, teams, fans, sponsors and the suits that be alike, so expect drama, expect risks, expect the unexpected folks!