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Lewis Hamilton storms to record British Grand Prix pole position

An event was held in London earlier this week during which Formula One racing cars of the past took to the streets around Trafalgar Square Lewis Hamilton storms to record British Grand Prix pole position
Federico Mansilla | Julio 19, 2017, 13:35

Lewis Hamilton cruised to a fourth successive British Grand Prix victory on Sunday as he cut Sebastian Vettel's lead in the championship to a single point.

Here we assess the progress of the teams and the top six drivers at the halfway point.

"Actually it's quite the opposite".

Though an investigation over blocking Romain Grosjean loomed in the wake of the performance, the subsequent clearing of Hamilton means he will start his home race from a 67th pole position, just one shy of equalling Michael Schumacher's record.

It is not the first time this season that Hamilton has mentioned the possibility of leaving the sport, but his comments at Silverstone were the clearest signal yet that he is really starting to think about it.

"And then Maggotts and Becketts; that section is on fire - Turn 10 is always flat, 11 has been flat for years, 12, from 2007 to now, you were letting off later and later and now you are on the gas into 12".

Wolff hit back by characterising Grosjean as a driver who regularly complains.

Perhaps Wolff is waiting to see what decision his most successful driver makes.

"Nevertheless we have tried it in order to maximise it but it is not that you would really see it on the stopwatch". "It was good that we finished the race there". That was a reference to his qualifying third in Austria last week, which meant he started eighth following a gearbox penalty for the same reason as Bottas has his rather than eighth.

Propping up the timesheets was Daniel Ricciardo, the Australian - who came into the session facing a five place grid penalty - stopping on track with more issues.

His demotion means Max Verstappen rises to fourth place on an otherwise lonely weekend for the Dutchman, while Nico Hulkenberg was an impressive sixth best for Renault, which becomes a season's best fifth.

Sunday's race starts at 4pm UAE time.

Valtteri Bottas, who joined the team at the start of the year, has had a stellar season, winning two races and contributing to Mercedes' 55-point lead in the constructors' championship.

Daniil Kvyat qualified 12th for Toro Rosso ahead of Fernando Alonso, who was half a second slower than teammate Vandoorne in Q2, but Spaniard will drop to the back of the field due to a litany of grid penalties for power unit changes. In their final runs, Raikkonen took the top spot but only momentarily before Vettel did his final lap to go fastest.