Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hamilton at Home with British Grand Prix Pole


The 2015 Formula 1 season is approaching its halfway point as the tour makes its significant stop at the Silverstone Circuit for the British Grand Prix. After eight completed races in 2015, the Mercedes AMG race team cars has continued to their dominance of 2014. A home race for Mercedes AMG driver and reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, this year's British round is a race he would desperately want to repeat winning.

For Sunday, Hamilton will defend his 2014 British Grand Prix win from the pole position. Achieving a Q3 lap time of 1-minute, 32.248 seconds, the Brit edged his teammate by a narrow 0.113-second margin. The 2015 British Grand Prix is the fifth race in a row where the Mercedes AMG team cars own the front row. In the past two British Grand Prix events, the Silverstone Circuit has been extremely kind to the Mercedes AMG team. Nico Rosberg won the 2013 with the team and Lewis Hamilton won last year's round.

Williams Martini Racing has endured a shaky 2015 season entering Silverstone. In Austria, a podium achieved by Felipe Massa has been a breath of fresh air for the race team. With the British Grand Prix serving as a home race for the Williams organization, both drivers came through in qualifying. Felipe Massa will start third in a second row joined by teammate Valtteri Bottas.

After elements of drama in qualifying for the last round in Austria, time trials at Silverstone also provided some additional climatic moments. Qualifying Saturday on the 5.891-kilometer course took place in tricky to predict track conditions. After overnight rains, the weather conditions during the Friday practice session was greatly altered for Saturday. A cooler track and heavily winds proved challenging for teams setting up their cars for qualifying.

Besides the change in weather, the time trials for the British Grand Prix saw several drivers lose their lap times when they incurred track limit penalties when running wide at Silverstone's Copse corner. In Q2, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was one of the drivers hit with an infraction. Barely crossing into Q3, Raikkonen was able to salvage qualifying with an impressive fifth place performance. In a rare feat, Raikkonen will start ahead of Sebastian Vettel who occupies the sixth place spot resulting in an all-Ferrari third row.

Tomorrow's race at Silverstone will take place at 8am eastern time.

2015 Formula 1

British Grand Prix

Starting Grid

Pos # Car # Driver Team Engine

1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Mercedes-Benz
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Mercedes-Benz
3 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes-Benz
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 Renault
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari
6 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari
7 26 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Renault
8 55 Carlos Sainz Jr Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault
9 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes-Benz
10 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault
11 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes-Benz
12 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Mercedes-Benz
13 33 Max Verstappen Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault
14 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus Mercedes-Benz
15 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari
16 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber Ferrari
17 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda
18 22 Jenson Button McLaren Honda
19 28 Will Stevens Manor Marussia Ferrari
20 98 Roberto Merhi Manor Marussia Ferrari

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