Bernie Ecclestone once joked when Formula One was going through a processional period, that installing “sprinklers” at circuits would liven things up. Well the British weather meant at Silverstone no sprinklers were required as a wet qualifying session built the crowd’s hopes for a Hamilton pole.
After a slow start Carlos Sainz last lap in Q1 saw him progress to the next session and end up with the last clean lap in Q3 and his first ever pole position in 150 GP weekends.
Max Verstappen was hindered on his last lap by a spinning Charles LeClerc coming in P2 less than 0.1s behind the Spaniard.
LeClerc’s previous lap was good enough for P3.
There was huge hype coming into the weekend that the upgraded Mercedes may propel Lewis Hamilton to his best result of the year and Lewis believed he’d missed an opportunity to fight for pole.
“We brought some parts to the car but it wasn’t a big upgrade. We seemed to have closed up a bit.”
“I think in the dry we wouldn’t have been able to compete for a top 3. But in the rain we had a chance today,” lamented Hamilton.
Hamilton explained, “In the rain you’re not as fast in the high speed corners, so there’s less bouncing. In the dry you’re carrying a lot more speed so more bouncing. And it’s the bouncing that’s making it pretty bad for us”
Lewis really believes he could have delivered a great result for the British fans today. “I’m, a little bit gutted really, cos we have such a great crowd here and I was pushing so hard to get on the front row and fight for pole position today.
“I think we could have been in the top 3. Honestly I was gunning for second at least.”
However, Hamilton was over a second a lap slower than the leader in Q1 and Q2 and was a similar distance behind the eventual pole sitter Carlos Sainz.