Lewis Hamilton takes pole at British Grand Prix – Mercedes front rowSat, 29 Jun 2013
Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg (pictured) celebrate their front row at the British Grand Prix
Mercedes may have turned in some stunning qualifying laps this year (although their race performance hasn’t really matched up) but Hamilton’s pole at the 2013 British Grand Prix was a stunner – almost half a second (0.452s) ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg. The pole for Hamilton – his first since the Chinese Grand Prix – was a corker (as was Rosberg’s, to be fair) and left the Red Bulls relegated to the second row with Vettel in third and the newly ‘retired’ Mark Webber in fourth.
But whether the stunning lap by Hamilton presages an impossible task for Red Bull tomorrow, we’ll have to wait and see. Mercedes form this year would suggest they’ll fall victim to tyre wear again.
Elsewhere, the big guns didn’t do too well, with Kimi Raikkonen only managing tenth place and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso a lowly ninth (Massa did even worse in 12th).
It was a better result for Paul di Resta who did a good job to put his Force India in fifth (and do his chances of picking up Webber’s Red Bull place no harm) and Daniel Ricciardo succeeded in putting his Toro Rosso in sixth.
It was another poor showing from the beleaguered McLaren, although Jenson Button did manage to take the team honours by putting his car in eleventh, three places ahead of Perez.
The 2013 British Grand Prix at Silverstone starts at 1pm tomorrow – and it’s on the Beeb too.
By Cars UK