F1 British Grand Prix qualifying results: Valtteri Bottas denies Lewis Hamilton

The pole for Valtteri Bottas is his fourth of the 2019 season.

Valtteri Bottas ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of four consecutive F1 British Grand Prix pole positions at Silverstone Saturday, snatching pole by just 0.006 of a second from the championship leader.

Qualifying for the British Grand Prix proved to be one of the edgiest sessions of the season to date. Heading into the session, Ferrari appeared to have the upper hand but a stunning set of laps from Bottas and Hamilton relegated Charles Leclerc to fifth while Sebastian Vettel could only manage a time good enough for sixth.

Setting the fastest time on Friday but looking distinctly off the pace on Saturday morning, Bottas was able to turn it back on at the right time.

“It feels good,” said Bottas. “It has been close all weekend with Lewis and it was great to get in a good lap and get pole. I knew that the first lap was good but it was not perfect. I should have improved in the second run. It is easy to make mistakes, so I am happy to be on top.”

 

Hamilton was chasing a fourth consecutive home pole position but, as has been the case for most of the races in 2019, he missed out on the top spot. However, as Hamilton was keen to point out, points are awarded on Sunday.

“Firstly, congratulations to Valtteri, he did a solid job all through qualifying,” said Hamilton. “Ultimately it wasn’t good enough. We worked really hard throughout the session and it just got away from is.

“We sacrificed a lap in Q2 which would have helped us get an understanding of how the car was. But we didn’t end up doing that. At the end, I had that mistake on the first lap and the second lap just wasn’t that great.

“But fair play to Valtteri, who did the job. But it’s a long race tomorrow.”

Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly filled out the top five starting spots.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

Sights from the F1 action at Silverstone, Saturday July 13, 2019.

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