Lewis Hamilton put in a stunning lap in Q3 to take pole position at the 2017 British Grand Prix. Raikkonen and Vettel are second and third for Ferrari.
After qualifying third – and starting eighth – in Austria last week, Hamilton had to pull out all the stops to keep in touch with Vettel in the championship, and his third consecutive pole at Silverstone – and his fifth British Grand Prix pole – certainly made a statement of intent – and ability.
Max Verstappen starts fifth for Ref Bull (Ricciardo suffered a turbo failure in Q1), and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg did a good job to put his car in sixth.
Hulkenburg is followed by the Force Indias of Perez and Ocon, a surprising ninth for Vandoorne in the McLaren, and Grosjean in the Haas makes up the top ten.
It did look as though qualifying could be a cracker for Alonso after he bolted on a set of dry tyres in the damp Q1 and took the fastest lap, but normality resumed in Q2 and Alonso qualified 13th. But he will start at the back of the grid after a 30 place penalty for yet more engine changes, alongside Red Bull’s Ricciardo.
But the start turn in qualifying was Hamilton, who knows he needs to get his season back on track, and if he doesn’t do it at the British Grand Prix, where Mercedes should be dominant, his season could slip away from him – just as it did last year.