First he slips next to the track, turns and causes an interruption in qualifying, then he comes back strong and drives faster than anyone before: Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Great Britain Grand Prix at Silverstone in qualifying () experienced a change of emotions. First, in the first two qualifying rounds Q1 and Q2, his team-mate Valtteri Bottas was a little faster and put the six-time world champion under pressure. In addition, the Briton made a compulsory break with a spin in Q2.
Hamilton had stepped on the gas too early at the end of a curve and got off the track. He turned and whirled a lot of dirt on the track that had to be cleared afterwards. He himself had to go into the pits with slightly damaged tires and – like everyone else – wait a few minutes for the track to be cleared again. Hamilton then concentrated and finished second behind Bottas at the end of Q2. In the decisive qualifying round, the Q3, he put the crown on his performance: With 1: 24.303 minutes he set a new course record and secured the pole for Bottas for the race on Sunday.
Vettel and Hülkenberg disappoint
While everything went according to plan at Mercedes, there was at least a little ray of hope at Ferrari: with his last fast lap, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc moved up to fourth, behind Max Versatppen in the Red Bull, and thus created a positive mood in the crisis-ridden Scuderia . On the other hand, things went less well for Leclerc's teammate Sebastian Vettel. The four-time world champion, whoseis certain, in the round of the top ten drivers only finished in tenth place.
"From my side it was not ideal," Vettel admitted: "That was definitely not a good qualification, because I was not getting my rhythm all the time." He had technical problems in all three training sessions. First the cooling of his car made it difficult, then the pedals in the footwell had to be repaired several times. "We are at the bottom of the top ten and we also have the wrong tires," said Vettel, adding: "It really can't get much worse. I think it will be better tomorrow." His fastest lap, which had at least brought ninth place, was also canceled due to a mistake to make the 33-year-old abundant.
Not even in the last qualifying round, who surprisingly celebrates a comeback in Formula 1 due to Sergio Perez's corona infection. He only finished 13th and has a lot of traffic ahead of him in the race. "It was a tenth of a second short of reaching Q3 – that would have been necessary, but the conditions are not easy. I also made a cold start in a new car," said Hülkenberg in an interview with RTL after qualifying. He did not set a fixed target for the race: "I want to perform well, bring the car home and collect a few points as well."