British GP: Hamilton keeps blistering pole after investigation

Lewis Hamilton was quickest in Qualifying at a wet/dry Silverstone, but is was investigation for blocking Romain Grosjean. Kimi Raikkonen on front-row, Sebastian Vettel third as Valtteri Bottas drops to ninth with penalty. Fernando Alonso fastest in Q1 but he Daniel Ricciardo to share the back-row.

British GP: Hamilton keeps blistering pole after investigation
Hamilton's pole lap was over half a second quicker than the Ferrari's could manage, with Raikkonen ahead of Vettel. (Image Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton was untouchable in Qualifying for the British Grand Prix, taking his 67th Formula 1 Pole Position, and was cleared by the stewards for blocking Romain Grosjean in Q3. 

A stunning lap of 1:26.600s on the second runs in Q3 extended Hamilton's advantage over the rest to an evantual 0.547s over Kimi Raikkonen.

It is the fifth time that Hamilton has taken Pole at Silverstone, and fourth sucessive time in a row he has done so. 

Sebastian Vettel will line-up third, having been out-qualified by Raikkonen for only the third time this season, with Max Verstappen completing the second row for Red Bull.

After a difficult Friday, Nico Hulkenberg was fifth quickest for Renault, with the two Force India's of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon just behind. 

Stoffel Vandoorne actually took part in Q3 for the first time, and also out-qualified Fernando Alonso for the first time, on merit, and will start in eighth. 

Valtteri Bottas was fourth quickest, but a five place .grid penalty for a gearbox change drops him to ninth just ahead of Grosjean's Haas.

Cometh the hour, cometh the Hamilton

After the first two segments of qualifying were run in wet and damp conditions, Q3 was completely dry and Hamilton, who had topped Third Practice was quickly on the pace, with a 1:27.231s, a comfortable 0.2s ahead of Vettel, with Bottas and Raikkonen close behind.

It was while he was winding up for this lap, that Hamilton eased off at Club Corner, to find some space, but Grosjean was approaching on a hot-lap, and immediately radioed to say he had lost time. 

The stewards quickly decided that there was no case to answer, and so Hamilton will lead the field off on tomorrow's formation lap. 

On the final runs, Bottas's efforts were effectively ended at Farm, as he locked up and ran wide, being 0.111s slower than Hamilton's benchmark time in Sector 1. 

While he failed to improve, Raikkonen did, vaulting from fourth to second, with Vettel failing to join his championship rival on the front-row.

The top five fastest laps were all over 150mph. 

Hulkenberg slotted into a respectable fifth, with Perez not sure he could have caught the Renault. 

Grosjean did improve his time on his second flying lap, but stayed 10th.

Palmer drops out in 11th

Jolyon Palmer, who missed a load of First Practice, was ocne again on the bubble to get into Q3, but just missed out on a second Q3 appearance of the season, for Renault, after being pushed out of the top 10 by late improvements from Vandoorne and Perez. 

The two Toro Rosso's, will start 12th and 13th, Danill Kvyat ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr, who actually qualified 14th quickest.

The reason for Sainz's bump in position was that Alonso has a 30 place grid penalty, so drops to last. 

Felipe Massa was slowest of all in this 15 minute segment of qualifying, the Williams struggling for grip in the conditions.

Alonso fastest in Q1 as Ricciardo goes pop

As the qualifying hour started, teams were split between the Intermediate and slick tyres, with Verstappen sure that the green walled Inter was the best tyre. 

After quickly setting the fastest time, Ricciardo suffered a "big" engine failure on the Wellington Straight, coming to a stop just before the old pit-lane at Woodcote.

He was 20th, but will start 19th because of Alonso's penalty, having already known he'd drop five places because of a gearbox change before the Reanult engine went pop.

Alonso made a late racing pit-stop to switch to slicks, and just made the line to start a timed lap.

As it was only he and Ocon on slicks, he started setting green sector times, and the Spanish driver was able to top Q1, the first session McLaren have topped this season. 

Lance Stroll was the unlucky driver to lose put because of Alonso's lap, being joined in falling at the first hurdle by Kevin Magnussen in the Haas and the two Sauber's of Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericcson.

2017 British Grand Prix - The Grid - provisional

Position Driver Team
POLE

Lewis Hamilton 

*Under investigation for blocking Romain Grosjean

Mercedes
2nd Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
3rd Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
4th Max Verstappen Red Bull
5th NicoHulkenberg Renault
6th Sergio Perez Force India
7th Esteban Ocon Force India
8th Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
9th

Valtteri Bottas 

*Five place grid penalty applied

Mercedes
10th Romain Grosjean Haas
11th Jolyon Palmer Renault
12th Danill Kvyat Toro Rosso
13th Carlos Sainz Jr  Toro Rosso
14th Felipe Massa Williams
15th Lance Stroll Williams
16th Kevin Magnussen Haas
17th Pascal Wehrlein Sauber
18th Marcus Ericsson Sauber
19th

Daniel Ricciardo

*Five place grid penalty applied

Red Bull
20th

Fernando Alonso

*30 plae grid penalty applied

McLaren