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GP Week : Issue 205
QUALIFYING before on this sector alone as grip returned en masse, and for a few seconds was on pole, before Rosberg powered through to snatch it. Jenson Button, in third despite a big slide early in the lap, could barely believe his luck, with Hulkenberg and Magnusson also eclipsing a dejected Hamilton, demoted to sixth in an instant. He was disarmingly honest, if a little emotional, about it: “I made a mistake today and pulled out of the lap when I should have kept going. It was my decision, a bad call, and that decided my qualifying. I'm so sorry to have disappointed the fans ... and I'll do what I can to have a great race for them tomorrow. It's difficult when you're just out of the car to express your emotions and see the positive but I'll go back to the team and my family now and we'll build up for tomorrow from there.” Across the garage, emotions were very different: “It's very satisfying to get everything right in these conditions and be able to come out on top. Thanks to the team today for guiding me through the hour so well. My last flying lap was difficult because we were very tight for time and I was stuck right up behind Lewis. Luckily he didn't finish his lap but I remembered that we were losing three or four seconds in the last corners when it was very wet so there was an opportunity to make a real improvement and that I should keep going.” With his best Q result for a long time, Jenson Button was stunned – but realistic: “OnmyfinallapinQ3,I thought it was all over in the first sector: I made a mistake coming out of Turn 5 and had a massive snap of oversteer onto the straight, but I still managed to make up the time over the rest of the lap. “I would love there to be changeable conditions in the race tomorrow, but, realistically, if it's dry, we're not going to be quite as competitive as we were today. We'll do our best to be as close to the front as possible, of course we will, but we'll need to have a perfect race to get a decent result.” Apart from the obviously also disappointed Ricciardo, who again had shaded his more experienced team-mate throughout, there was also sympathy for the Toro Rosso duo who had done well to make Q3. Daniil Kvyart continues to impress and was optimistic despite the unlucky call: “We were fighting for really high positions today, but then towards the end we made the decision not to go out anymore. At that time it seemed to be the right decision because it was hard to imagine that anyone would have improved times because it had rained quite a lot and track conditions were tricky out there. But anyway, this is the way it is and in the end, P9 and P10 are good positions to start the race from. We will definitely fight hard tomorrow!” There was little Ferrari and Williams could say. One unluckily-timed call, that’s all. What would Sunday bring? That would very much depend upon the weather man ... 2014 FORMULA 1TM SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX 52 LAPS ROUND 9/19 << Last Race – Austria Two Weeks Ago 1 Next Race – Germany >> Two Weeks’ Time 2014 FORMULA 1TM SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION 1 – At a venue where Keke Rosberg famously took pole at the end of a damp session in 1985 with what was then the fastest ever lap in F1 history, Nico Rosberg emulated the feat to take Mercedes’ 25th pole as a constructor, on the 60th anniversary weekend of their first Grand Prix (and first win) at the 1954 French GP. It means Rosberg and Hamilton are now tied on 4 poles each, and 3 of Rosberg’s poles have come since Hamilton’s most recent pole in Spain. 2 – Rosberg was also fastest in the speed trap, 9.1mph (14.7km/h) quicker than Sebastian Vettel, who is on the front row for only the 2nd time all season, and has gained a position at the start in 4 of the last 5 races. Third-placed Jenson Button has his highest start at Silverstone since 2005 (!), and he’s never finished on the podium in his home race. It is Mclaren’s best start anywhere since they locked out the front row at the 2012 Brazilian GP. 3 – Nico Hülkenberg has started 10th or lower on 5 occasions this year but has a 100% scoring record, and 4th is 2 places higher than his previous best in 2014 – he had never previously started in the top-10 on this track. Kevin Magnussen hasn’t started this high on the grid since qualifying 4th on his debut in Australia. 4 – Lewis Hamilton was quickest in sectors 2 and 3, still has the fastest lap of the weekend from Q2, and was on pole position in the final minute of the session, yet ended up 6th, making this the 3rd time in the last 4 years he’s started outside the top-5 in his home race. The last man to win at Silverstone from that low on the grid was Emerson Fittipaldi when he took his final F1 win here in 1975, in a race that was red-flagged due to a rainstorm. Hamilton has also never won a race when starting lower than 4th. 5 – Like his teammate, Sergio Perez has a first-ever top-10 start at Silverstone, while Daniel Ricciardo had his worst Q3 performance of 2014 (he started 13th in Bahrain, but only after a 10-place penalty). Both Toro Rossos reached Q3 for only the 3rd time all year. Jules Bianchi has given Marussia their best-ever starting position in their history (including when they were called Virgin), while amazingly, Adrian Sutil ties his best of 2014 in 13th place. 6 – After locking out the front row in Austria, Williams were both knocked out in Q1 for the first time since Korea last year, although both drivers have started lower this season (Bottas was 18th in Malaysia, Massa 16th in Monaco). In contrast, Ferrari suffered a double Q1 elimination for the first time since Malaysia 2010. Coincidentally that was the last race in which Fernando Alonso suffered a mechanical failure, and Ferrari also have a 75-race point scoring streak that began after not scoring at the 2010 British GP at Silverstone. So where's Lewis? He, er, gave it away ... 28 GPWEEK.com // 28 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SILVERSTONE PARTNERS: