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GP Week : Issue 224
QUALIFYING 2015 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX 52 LAPS ROUND 9/19 << Last Race – Austria Two Weeks Ago 1 Next Race – Hungary >> Four Weeks’ Time 2015 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION 1 – Lewis Hamilton surpasses Sebastian Vettel and moves into 3rd on the all-time poles list with #46 this weekend. It has taken him 157 races to reach that mark, 10 fewer than Michael Schumacher, although still far slower than Ayrton Senna (100). It is his 17th consecutive front row start, tying Damon Hill (1995-96) for the 2nd longest streak ever, behind Senna’s 24 in 1988-89. 2 – He is attempting to win the British GP on the 62nd anniversary of the first-ever win by a British driver in a world championship event (Mike Hawthorn at the 1953 French GP), but only 3 of the last 17 British GPs have been won from pole. 3 – Mercedes have now become only the 2nd team in championship history to reach 20 consecutive poles, after Williams set 24 in a row in 1992-93. With Nico Rosberg on the front row, it is the team’s 5th consecutive front row lockout, but Rosberg’s last 2 wins in Monaco and Austria both came from 2nd on the grid. 4 – Williams haven’t been in the top-3 on the grid at a British GP since Juan-Pablo Montoya was on pole here way back in 2002, and Felipe Massa hasn’t even been in the top-10 here since 2002, while Valtteri Bottas has never been in the top-10 at Silverstone, despite finishing 2nd last year. 5 – Kimi Raikkonen took his best start here since 2008, and outqualified Sebastian Vettel for only the 2nd time all season. The last time Vettel was this low at the British GP was in 2008, when he retired on the first lap of the race. Daniil Kvyat has outqualified Daniel Ricciardo for the 3rd consecutive race, although originally Ricciardo was ahead until his best time was deleted for running wide at Copse. 6 – Carlos Sainz gives Toro Rosso their 3rd consecutive top-10 start at Silverstone, while Nico Hulkenberg is again in the top- 10 here, although 5 places lower than he was last year. Sergio Perez also lost his best time, but it didn’t affect his position in 11th, while neither Lotus reached Q3 for only the 3rd time all year (after Malaysia and Monaco), even though Romain Grosjean was quickest of all in the speed trap at 327.4km/h (203.4mph). 7 – Marcus Ericsson outqualified Felipe Nasr for the 2nd time in the past 3 races, as Nasr was eliminated in Q1, while Mclaren failed to get a car out of Q1 for the 4th time this season but the first time since China. They were bottom of the speed traps, over 20km/h (12.4mph) slower than Grosjean. Alonso was 1.533s off the best Q1 time, having been 1.532s off the Q1 pace in Austria on a much shorter circuit, so in a way, that’s encouragement. Will Stevens outqualified Roberto Merhi for the first time in 3 races. the penaultime row of the grid. McLaren though continued beating its chest – Alonso was just 1.5 seconds slower than the fastest time in Q1, which is a positive of sorts around a long circuit like Silverstone. The Spaniard managed it even with a coolant leak in his car, McLaren gambling to send him out knowing of the problem but not having time to find or fix it. While McLaren’s rough season continues there was cause for celebration at Williams. For the first time since Juan-Pablo Montoya was on pole in 2002ithadacarinthetop three. Valtteri Bottas raced to second place last year after starting outside the top ten, so hopes were high of another solid result, especially as Williams looked to have the edge on Ferrari. Pole position for Hamilton moved the Englishman past Sebastian Vettel in the all-time poles list. Hamilton now sits third with 46, trailing only Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. Rosberg though was banking on the fact that the last two times he’d started from second he went on to win the race. 25 GPWEEK.com // 25 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BRITAIN PARTNERS: