Hamilton trumps Rosberg for Silverstone pole

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Saturday 29th June, 2013 - 11:22pm

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Local hero Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s British Grand Prix from pole position after Mercedes proved too good for Red Bull in the dying stages of qualifying.

Hamilton will share the front-row with team-mate Nico Rosberg, leaving Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber third and fourth.

Hamilton sat at the top of the order after the first Q3 runs, but was then forced to respond to quicker laps from Rosberg and Webber.

The 2008 World Champion subsequently undercut Rosberg by a stunning 0.4s, while the following Vettel could not get within 0.8s of the ultimate pace – later joking that his rival must have “found a short cut”.

The stage is set for a race of tyre tactics after Mercedes, whose tyre degradation has been a weakness throughout the season to date, bucked the trend by saving sets of the harder compound in the early stages of qualifying.

Paul di Resta and Daniel Ricciardo excelled on their way to fifth and sixth respectively, leaving Adrian Sutil, Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso to complete the top 10.

Hamilton’s former team McLaren endured yet more 2013 disappointment, with Jenson Button edged out of the top 10 in the closing moments of Q2.

Button will start 11th, three places ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez.

Jean-Eric Vergne sits between the pair in his Toro Rosso after a mistake on his penultimate Q2 lap proved costly.

See below for the full qualifying result

Pos

Driver

Team

Q1

Q2

Q3

Laps

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.995 1:31.224 1:29.607 12
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:31.355 1:31.028 1:30.059 12
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:31.559 1:30.990 1:30.211 14
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:31.605 1:31.002 1:30.220 15
5 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:32.062 1:31.291 1:30.736 19
6 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:32.097 1:31.182 1:30.757 20
7 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:32.002 1:31.097 1:30.908 17
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:31.466 1:31.530 1:30.955 23
9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:31.400 1:31.592 1:30.962 17
10 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:32.266 1:31.387 1:30.979 16
11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.979 1:31.649 12
12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:32.241 1:31.779 15
13 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:32.105 1:31.785 16
14 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.953 1:32.082 15
15 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:32.168 1:32.211 15
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:32.512 1:32.359 18
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:32.664 10
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:32.666 11
19 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:33.866 6
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:34.108 8
21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:35.481 3
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:35.858 10

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