Lewis Hamilton breaks record for the number of poles at a home race
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  • Another record smashed

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton gets stunning pole position while breaking the record for the number of pole positions a driver has got at a home event bringing his tally to seven.

Hamilton did not have it easy after spinning in Q2 and causing a red flag whilst pulling an enormous amount of gravel onto the track.

Despite this the British driver beat teammate Valtteri Bottas by 0.313 seconds. 

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  • Midfield competitive, but nowhere

No one got even remotely close to the Mercedes on Saturday in Silverstone. Max Verstappen yet again the closest competitor but over a second off of the pace even as the third-fastest man. 

Charles Leclerc is the only person who could get close to Verstappen as he put his Ferrari on the second row and only 0.102 seconds behind the Dutchman.

Lando Norris in fifth down to Sebastian Vettel in tenth were only half a second apart showing the tightness of this midfield pack.

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  • Outside of Q3, mixed fortune throughout

The rest of the field had a varied mixture of fortune. Pierre Gasly again overperformed in his Alpha Tauri only missing out on Q3 because he set the same time as Lance Stroll after Stroll did so ended up in P11.

Behind came Alex Albon who has continued to have an underwhelming weekend that seems to keep getting worse and worse ending up in P12.

Nico Hulkenberg put a very valiant effort on his return to the sport only missing out on Q3 just by not being able to get one lap solidly together. Tomorrow could be promising for him.

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George Russell again overachieving getting his Williams into Q2 for the third event in a row. The same cannot be said for Haas and Alfa Romeo who again have both cars out in Q1. A position no team wants to be in with nothing looking like it is going to change for either of them with both teams being stuck towards the back of the grid.

With tyre choices varying, a few people out of position, a first-time driver for this season and the Mercedes duelling out front, the race looks like it could be a very enticing one.