even Before the start of the classification, important news disrupted the calm before the activity in Silverstone. Following the heavy crash of Marcus Ericsson in the previous session of training, the swede was taken to the hospital to get a medical check-up, so he was unable to take part in the classification. In addition, Sebastian Vettel was forced to go out on the track being aware that the would have to add five seats to their final position, after replacing the gearbox for the second Grand Prix in a row.
Button outside… or inside?
With the dry track, the tire mostly used was the soft. , most of The pilots went out quickly to the track to mark a first reference time for if the cloudy sky I decided to download some water.
Soon the Mercedes was placed at the head of the classification, although in this case with Nico Rosberg as a reference and only fifteen thousandths of a margin over Lewis Hamilton. Behind them, mixed the pilots of Red Bull and Ferrari, with Max Verstappen and Kimi Räikkönen ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. After the first attempt back quickly, Fernando Alonso was placed on the tenth place 1.5 seconds of Rosberg and Carlos Sainz was installed on the eighth square, being almost two tenths better than the McLaren driver.
The first pilots in danger were Palmer, Magnussen, Haryanto, Nasr and Wehrlein -in addition to the absent Ericsson-, but there was still the final attempt fastest lap with three minutes of the session ahead of you and drivers like Kvyat and Button, in danger of entering that group deleted.
Finally, it was the McLaren driver who lost his place in Q2, after not being able to go out on track again with a mechanical problem with the rear wing and improve your time Kevin Magnussen. But the danes went out of track with all four wheels on his fastest lap, and race direction will removed the time, so that Jenson Button finally became the Q2.
time Table Q1 Grand Prix Bretaña
|1||Nico Rosberg||6||Mercedes||01′ 30″724||0||5|
|2||Lewis Hamilton||44||Mercedes||01′ 30″739||+0.015||5|
|3||Max Verstappen||33||Red Bull||01′ 31″305||+0.581||3|
|4||Kimi Raikkonen||7||Ferrari||01′ 31″326||+0.602||3|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||5||Ferrari||01′ 31″606||+0.882||5|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||3||Red Bull||01′ 31″684||+0.960||3|
|7||Valtteri Bottas||77||Williams||01′ 31″913||+1.189||3|
|8||Carlos Sainz||55||Toro Rosso||01′ 32″115||+1.391||3|
|9||Felipe Massa||19||Williams||01′ 32″146||+1.422||4|
|10||Esteban Gutiérrez||21||Haas F1 Team||01′ 32″237||+1.513||8|
|11||Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren||01′ 32″281||+1.557||3|
|12||Romain Grosjean||8||Haas F1 Team||01′ 32″283||+1.559||8|
|13||Sergio Perez||11||Force India||01′ 32″336||+1.612||4|
|14||Nico Hulkenberg||27||Force India||01′ 32″349||+1.625||4|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||26||Toro Rosso||01′ 32″553||+1.829||6|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||20||Renault||01′ 32″729||+2.005||9|
|17||Jenson Button||22||McLaren||01′ 32″788||+2.064||3|
|18||Jolyon Palmer||30||Renault||01′ 32″905||+2.181||9|
|19||Rio Haryanto||88||Manor F1||01′ 33″098||+2.374||9|
|20||Pascal Wehrlein||94||Manor F1||01′ 33″151||+2.427||9|
|21||Felipe Nasr||12||Sauber||01′ 33″544||+2.820||8|
|22||Marcus Ericsson||9||Sauber||No time||—||0|
Still no official confirmation about who should participate in the Q2, if Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen, started the second session with the Mercedes, once more, marking the first time of reference. Finally Jenson Button got out of the car, confirming why not take part in Q2.
In strictly sport, Lewis Hamilton endorsed seven tenths to his team-mate in the first attempt, marking a exceptional time of 1:29.243 that became, in that moment, in the record of Silverstone. Meanwhile, Räikkönen lost the option to mark a first time after making a spinning top and his team-mate is placed in the fourth square between the two Red Bull.
After the first attempt, both Carlos Sainz, as Fernando Alonso managed to time valid to pass to Q3, being the pilot of Toro Rosso eighth and McLaren’s tenth, with only 70 thousandths of a margin over the Force India of Sergio Perez.
Kimi Räikkönen, after his spin in the first attempt, was the first to go out on the track to make a second attempt, but returned to make a mistake in his lap, putting himself in clear danger of being eliminated. In his third and final attempt, less than a minute from the end, the Ferrari driver finally managed to score a time, placing it in sixth place temporary and leaving out Alonso.
But the Spanish driver of McLaren reacted to time, improving his time and standing finally in the ninth square, just behind Carlos Sainz, which also went in Q3. Not experienced the same luck Perez, Massa, Grosjean, Gutierrez, Kvyat and Magnussen, who completed here his participation in the classification.
time Table Q2 Grand Prix Bretaña
|1||Lewis Hamilton||44||Mercedes||01′ 29″243||0||8|
|2||Nico Rosberg||6||Mercedes||01′ 29″970||+0.727||8|
|3||Max Verstappen||33||Red Bull||01′ 30″697||+1.454||6|
|4||Sebastian Vettel||5||Ferrari||01′ 30″711||+1.468||11|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||3||Red Bull||01′ 31″319||+2.076||6|
|6||Kimi Raikkonen||7||Ferrari||01′ 31″385||+2.142||9|
|7||Valtteri Bottas||77||Williams||01′ 31″478||+2.235||6|
|8||Carlos Sainz||55||Toro Rosso||01′ 31″708||+2.465||9|
|9||Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren||01′ 31″740||+2.497||9|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||27||Force India||01′ 31″770||+2.527||12|
|11||Sergio Perez||11||Force India||01′ 31″875||+2.632||12|
|12||Felipe Massa||19||Williams||01′ 32″002||+2.759||10|
|13||Romain Grosjean||8||Haas F1 Team||01′ 32″050||+2.807||14|
|14||Esteban Gutiérrez||21||Haas F1 Team||01′ 32″241||+2.998||14|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||26||Toro Rosso||01′ 32″306||+3.063||12|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||20||Renault||01′ 37″060||+7.817||12|
Exhibition of Hamilton with suspense
The duel for the pole position was the preserve of Mercedes and, in him, Lewis Hamilton was the first, earning a time of 1:29,339 -slower than in Q2- and outpacing Nico Rosberg in 267 milliseconds. But in turn 9 was out of the margins of the track and his time was deleted, so I should go back to the track to try to get the pole.
behind installed the Red Bull with Verstappen ahead of his teammate. then the Ferrari, with Kimi Räikkönen improved to be a Vettel who lost control of the rear in Stowe. Sainz was seventh interim and Alonso is ninth.
Aware of the delicate situation, Lewis Hamilton was first out on track to make his second attempt the fastest lap, with Carlos Sainz the last to do the same operation. The british Mercedes failed and regained the pole by almost four tenths, Rosberg was unable to recover the do not improve in their respective fastest lap.
After the Mercedes were placed in the Red Bull, with Max Verstappen beating his partner with amplitude, something that also did Räikkönen with Vettel. In regard to the spaniards, Sainz finished ninth ahead of Fernando Alonso who eliminated his final time -that we placed eighth – to overcome the margins of the track.
time Table Q3 Grand Prix Bretaña
|1||Lewis Hamilton||44||Mercedes||01′ 29″287||0||14|
|2||Nico Rosberg||6||Mercedes||01′ 29″606||+0.319||14|
|3||Max Verstappen||33||Red Bull||01′ 30″313||+1.026||12|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||3||Red Bull||01′ 30″618||+1.331||12|
|5||Kimi Raikkonen||7||Ferrari||01′ 30″881||+1.594||15|
|6||Sebastian Vettel||5||Ferrari||01′ 31″490||+2.203||17|
|7||Valtteri Bottas||77||Williams||01′ 31″557||+2.270||12|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||27||Force India||01′ 31″920||+2.633||18|
|9||Carlos Sainz||55||Toro Rosso||01′ 31″989||+2.702||15|
|10||Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren||01′ 32″343||+3.056||15|