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LIVE F1, Great Britain GP 2020: Record! Hamilton gets pole position at Silverstone


16.18 Thank you for following the qualifying session with us. Keep following OA Sports for more updates, stories, analysis and videos.


16.15 Tomorrow, it will be a battle inside Mercedes to see who will win the race. Verstappen seems to be the favourite to get on the podium next to Hamilton and Bottas. Ferrari’s goal is to be in the top-5 with Leclerc. More complicated the race for Vettel who starts from P10 with soft tyres.

16.12 Final standings after Q3:

1 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes 1:24.303 7
2 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes +0.313 5
3 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing +1.022 5
4 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +1.124 5
5 Lando NORRIS McLaren +1.479 6
6 Lance STROLL Racing Point +1.536 6
7 Carlos SAINZ McLaren +1.662 6
8 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault +1.706 6
9 Esteban OCON Renault +1.906 6
10 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari +2.036 6

16.10 Vettel makes a mistake in his last attempt.

16.08 SEVENTH POLE POSITION AT SILVERSTONE FOR LEWIS HAMILTON! His lap – 1’24″303 is also a track record. Bottas P2 with a gap of 0.313. Verstappen P4 and Leclerc in P4.

16.07 Leclerc in the second row.

16.07 Leclerc faster in Sector 1, Vettel a little slower than his teammate.

16.06 Ricciardo and Ocon faster than Stroll in Sector 1.

16.06 Stroll makes a mistake in Sector 1, but still manage to have a good time.

16.04 Everyone on track for the last attempt. Hamilton and Bottas are fighting to get the pole position.

16.02 Four minutes left, Mercedes doesn’t seem to have issues to get into P1 and P2.

16.01 With a perfect lap, Leclerc or Vettel could get into the second row. The battle is with Stroll. Leclerc might risk a penalty after the unsafe release at the beginning of Q3.

15.59 Mercedes dominates Q3. 1’24″616 for Hamilton and Bottas only 0.150 behind. Verstappen is delayed by 1.147, Stroll in P4 with a gap 1.369. Leclerc in P5 and Vettel P6, with a respectively 1.431 and 1.723.

15.58 Leclerc and Stroll risk to collide in the pit lane. Ferrari risks a penalty.

15.57 Now everyone is on track with soft tyres.

15.55 Q3 STARTS NOW! 12 minutes to decide the order of the top ten.

15.53 Bottas, Hamilton, Verstappen, Leclerc and Stroll will start with medium tyres tomorrow, Sainz, Ocon, Ricciardo, Norris and Vettel with soft ones.

15.52 Vettel will start with soft tyres tomorrow while Leclerc, both Mercedes and Verstappen will start with medium ones.

15.52 Q2 Standings

1 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes 1:25.015 3
2 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +0.332 5
3 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing +1.129 3
4 Carlos SAINZ McLaren +1.134 4
5 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +1.188 3
6 Esteban OCON Renault +1.237 4
7 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault +1.324 4
8 Lando NORRIS McLaren +1.405 4
9 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari +1.440 4
10 Lance STROLL Racing Point +1.486 4
11 Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri +1.486 4 ELIMINATED
12 Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing+ 1.530 3 ELIMINATED
13 Nico HULKENBERG Racing Point +1.551 4 ELIMINATED
14 Daniil KVYAT AlphaTauri +1.729 4 ELIMINATED
15 George RUSSELL Williams +2.077 4 ELIMINATED

15.49 Drivers eliminated after Q2, in order, Gasly, Albon, Hulkenberg, Kvyat and Russell.

15.48 Stroll is in P10 with the same time as  Gasly. Stroll goes into Q3 as the rules say that moves forward the driver who got the qualifying time first.

15.47 Vettel is safe, stays in P9 and goes into Q3.

15.47 Hulkenberg out!

15.46 Vettel doesn’t go faster, Ricciardo is faster than him and the Ferrari driver is in P9.

15.45 Everyone is going faster. Anything can happen now!

15.44 Leclerc on track with soft tyres.

15.43 Weird strategy choice from Ferrari. Vettel on track with medium tyres.

15.42 At the moment, Hulkenberg, Russell, Ricciardo, Gasly and Kvyat will be eliminated.

15.41 Hamilton P2, only 0.332 behind his teammate Bottas.

15.39 Green lights again. Hamilton immediately on track.

15.37 At the moment, Russell, Hamilton (no time) Ricciardo, Gasly and Kvyat would not go into Q3.

15.36 Good results so far from Leclerc, and Ocon. Bad qualifying for Vettel.

15.35 Hamilton’s incident

15.34 Standing with 8’51” remaining in Q2:

1 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes 1:25.015 2
2 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing +1.129 2
3 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +1.188 2
4 Esteban OCON Renault +1.237 3
5 Carlos SAINZ McLaren +1.261 3
6 Lando NORRIS McLaren +1.405 3
7 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari +1.440 3
8 Lance STROLL Racing Point +1.486 3
9 Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing +1.565 2
10 Nico HULKENBERG Racing Point +1.630 3
11 George RUSSELL Williams +2.351 3
12 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +31.451 3
13 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault – – 3
14 Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri – – 3
15 Daniil KVYAT AlphaTauri – – 3

15.31 RED FLAG! After Hamilton’s mistake, there is the need to clear the track before starting Q2 again.

15.30 TRACK RECORD FOR BOTTAS in 1’25″015. Verstappen P2 behind 1.129, Leclerc behind 1.188.


15.28 Red Bull, Racing Point and Mercedes with medium tyres.

15.27 Albon, Hulkenberg and Leclerc on track with medium tyres. Vettel is on track with soft ones.

15.26 Reminder: drivers will start with the tyre they use for the fastest lap in Q2.

15.25 Q2 STARTS NOW!

15.23 Russell (Williams) under investigation for not following speed limits during yellow flag. Decision will be made after qualifying session.

15.22 Mercedes seems to dominate. Verstappen will need to do extra work to start from the front row.

15.21 Standing after Q1:

1 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes 1:25.801 1
2 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +0.099 2
3 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing +0.314 1
4 Lance STROLL Racing Point +0.442 2
5 Nico HULKENBERG Racing Point +0.526 2
6 Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri +0.542 2
7 Esteban OCON Renault +0.595 2
8 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari +0.668 2
9 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +0.749 1
10 Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing +0.764 1
11 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault +0.876 2
12 Carlos SAINZ McLaren +0.914 2
13 George RUSSELL Williams +0.931 2
14 Daniil KVYAT AlphaTauri +0.973 2
15 Lando NORRIS McLaren +1.054 2
16 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team +1.357 3  ELIMINATED
17 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing +1.363 3  ELIMINATED
18 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing +1.565 3 ELIMINATED
19 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team +1.842 3 ELIMINATED
20 Nicholas LATIFI Williams +1.904 2 ELIMINATED

15.20 Q1 is over. Eliminated: Magnussen, Giovinazzi, Raikkonen, Grosjean and Latifi. Four of these cars have a Ferrari engine.

15.19 Vettel improves and goes into P7 with a delay of 0.668 from Bottas, right ahead of Leclerc.

15.18 Hulkenberg and Gasly improve their position and go respectively into P4 and P5. Russel P9 and Vettel P13.

15.18 Latifi spins! YELLOW FLAG!

15.17 Bottas, Verstappen and Leclerc stay in the box. Hamilton goes back on track.

15.15 Two minutes left. Vettel is back on track, he can’t risk to not make Q2. Tough weekend for the German driver.

15.14 Vettel is at risk, he is only 0.4 faster than Magnussen, the first of the eliminated.

15.13 Bottas and Hamilton keep pushing. Bottas is 0.099 faster than Hamilton. Verstappen in P3 delayed 0.314 and Leclerc P4 behind 0.749 from Bottas.

15.12 Norris improve and gets P10. Vettel needs to get another lap to make into Q2.

15.11 Vettel is risking to stay out of Q2. He is improving his time, but he is still 0.8 away from Bottas.

15.10 At the moment, Latifi, Magnussen, Grosjean, Giovinazzi and Norris won’t make it to Q2.

15.09 Verstappen is the fastest in Sector 3, and gets P2 behind Bottas. Albon P6, half-second behind the first position.

15.08 Bottas fastest than anyone in 1’26″092. Hamilton P2, behind only 0.339. Leclerc P3 with a gap of 0.458.

15.07 Good lap for Leclerc in 1’26″550. Only 0.005 in front of Stroll.

15.06 Gasly (AlphaTauri) gets P1 in 1’26″657.

15.06 Kvyat first with Alpha Tauri. Red Bull on track too.

15.04 Everyone has soft tyres. Mercedes and Ferrari on track. Red Bull is waiting.

15.03 Magnussen (Haas) temporary in P1 with 1’27″814. It will be hard for Alfa Romeo to go into Q2.

15.03 1’27″924 Giovinazzi, better than his teammate Raikkonen by 0.017.

15.01 On track Raikkonen and Giovinazzi, both Alfa Romeo.

15.00 Lights out! Qualifying starts now.

14.58 It’s cloudy in England, but it is not supposed to rain during the qualifying session.

14.48 Ferrari holds the record of wins at the British GP. Here the full list:

WINS: 17
3 Michael Schumacher (1998, 2002, 2004)
2 Alberto Ascari (1952, 1953)
2 Josè-Froilan Gonzalez (1951, 1954)
1 Juan Manuel Fangio (1956)
1 Peter Collins (1958)
1 Wolfgang Von Trips (1961)
1 Niki Lauda (1976)
1 Carlos Reutemann (1978)
1 Alain Prost (1990)
1 Rubens Barrichello (2003)
1 Kimi Räikkönen (2007)
1 Fernando Alonso (2011)
1 Sebastian Vettel (2018)

14.42 In 44 occasions (62,9%) the winner started from the front row.

14.40 In 26 occasions (37,1%) the winner started from pole position.

14.37 Mercedes holds the record of most victories in a row at Silverstone, 5, between 2013 and 2017 ( the first one with Nico Rosberg, the following four with Lewis Hamilton).

14.30 Welcome back everyone, we’re ready to update you on the qualifying. Q1 starts at 15.00

Welcome to the LIVE qualifying updates of the Great Britain GP 2020, the fourth round of this unusual F1 season. Today every team will work hard to qualify in the best position possible for the Sunday race. This weekend, we have seen Nico Hulkenberg back on track for Racing Point, after Sergio Perez tested positive to Covid-19.

Mercedes seem to be still the favourite team for pole position on this track. On Friday, it seems they hid a little and did not express the full potential of the car. Today we will see a different approach, especially from Lewis Hamilton who will try to get the pole position; on this track, he has got six pole positions.

Ferrari is still struggling. The realistic goal for today will be to finish in the top-5. Charles Leclerc has shown some positive feedback on the simulation of the qualifying lap, but more negative feedback on the simulation of the race pace. On the other hand, Vettel’s car has stopped him from taking part in FP1 and had some more issues in FP2 that didn’t allow the German driver to get real feedback from his SF1000.

Red Bull seems to be very competitive with both Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon, although the latter crushed during the final moments of FP2 on Friday.

Alpha Tauri will have a challenging qualifying session as Daniil Kvyat has been awarded a five grid places penalty after changing the gearbox.

The LIVE updates of the Great Britain GP 2020 will start at 14.00 local time. Enjoy!

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