Hamilton quickest in last follow for 70th Anniversary GP

Silverstone, August 8

Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton set his sights on a second successive house pole place after lapping quickest in last follow for Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Saturday.

The Mercedes driver set a time of 1 minute 26.621 seconds on the 5.8-km Silverstone circuit, the place he took a pole-to-flag win in final Sunday’s British Grand Prix regardless of struggling a late puncture.

His Finnish workforce mate Valtteri Bottas, quickest in Friday morning’s opening session, was second 0.163 seconds slower.

Briton Lando Norris was third-quickest, 0.581 seconds off the tempo for McLaren.

German Nico Hulkenberg, standing in for Sergio Perez after the Mexican contracted COVID-19 after which examined constructive for a second time, was fourth for Racing Point forward of workforce mate Lance Stroll.

The Silverstone-based outfit have been caught in a guidelines wrangle this weekend after stewards upheld a protest from rivals Renault and fined the workforce and docked them 15 factors.

Charles Leclerc, who completed a shock third final week, was the highest-placed Ferrari in sixth forward of Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon.

The Dutchman, who completed second at Silverstone final Sunday, vented his frustration over the radio after being held up by Stroll whereas on his quickest lap.

Esteban Ocon was ninth for Renault forward of Spaniard Carlos Sainz who accomplished the top-10 for McLaren.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, whose future has been the topic of intense hypothesis amid rumours linking him to a transfer to Racing Point, was solely 13th in his Ferrari.

Hamilton, going for a record-equalling seventh title this yr, is 30 factors forward of Bottas after 4 races.

Sunday’s race commemorates the primary world championship grand prix which was hosted by Silverstone in May, 1950. Reuters

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