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Russell beats Hamilton to take F1 pole

SILVERSTONE, England — George Russell will start from pole position at the British Grand Prix after beating Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the fastest lap in qualifying.

After winning the last round in Austria when Lando Norris and Max Verstappen collided with seven laps to go, Russell is in a position to chase the third win of his career, while Hamilton will have his eyes set on a ninth British Grand Prix win of his career.

Russell said afterwards: “What a feeling, at the start of this year I don’t think we could of even dreamt of being on pole here, one-two for me and Lewis, and Lando it’s just mega. It’s down to these fans as well they give us so much energy so thank you for that.

“The car at the moment is feeling so good, it really came alive in qualifying and what a joy to drive around this circuit. We are riding this wave at the moment and I’m absolutely buzzing, but eyes on tomorrow, we’ve got a race to win and it’s going to be tight with Lando, Max is going to be fast as well but I’m so excited right now.”

Lando Norris made it an all-British top three on the grid at Silverstone for the first time ever, but he aborted his final lap in Q3 before crossing the line.

“I’m happy with P3, three Brits lock out the top three so that’s pretty cool here,” Norris said afterwards. “There were good laps by George and Lewis both they put in some nice laps and a little mistake from my part at the end but P3 is still good.”

George Russell took his third career pole at the British Grand Prix.
George Russell took his third career pole at the British Grand Prix.

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Hamilton said: “Big thanks to this incredible crowd; three Brits in the top three. And congratulations to George, he did such an amazing job.

“We definitely didn’t expect to be front row this weekend but this is huge for us. The car felt fantastic. Everyone in the garage, all our team that have come here really deserve this.

Championship leader Max Verstappen had to settle for fourth place after running slightly wide at Chapel on his final lap and will start ahead of the second McLaren of Oscar Piastri in fifth.

Nico Hulkenberg will start sixth for Haas ahead of the fastest Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, Alex Albon in ninth and Fernando Alonso in tenth.

Charles Leclerc missed out on a place in Q3 by 0.159 seconds as drivers improved in drying conditions right until the end of Q2.

The Ferrari driver will start ahead of Logan Sargeant’s Williams in 12th, Yuki Tsunoda’s RB in 13th, Zhou Guanyu’s Sauber in 14th and the RB of Daniel Ricciardo in 15th.

The pressure continues to mount on Sergio Perez after he spun out of Q1 after switching from intermediate tyres to slicks. His Red Bull twitched mid-corner, sending him wide onto the damp run-off area and into the gravel, where his car became beached.

The Red Bull driver has scored just 15 points from the past five rounds and, despite news of a renewed contract ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, his position alongside Verstappen is looking increasingly fragile. He will line up 19th on the back row of the grid ahead Pierre Gasly, who was due to start from the back anyway because of an engine penalty.

Valtteri Bottas missed out on a place in Q2 by 0.502 seconds and will start 16th after struggling to hook together a competitive lap in mixed conditions at the end of Q1. Kevin Magnussen will start 17th for Haas ahead of Esteban Ocon in 18th and Perez and Gasly in 19th and 20th.

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