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Hamilton on pole for Mercedes at British Grand Prix

Reuters, SILVERSTONE, England

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton yesterday drives in the qualifying session for the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, England.

Photo: Reuters

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton yesterday took pole position for his home British Grand Prix with Mercedes teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg qualifying alongside on the front row.

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen and his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo filled the second row with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fifth.

Hamilton’s pole — thanks to a sensational last lap after his first effort of the final phase was deleted for exceeding track limits — was the 55th of his career and fourth at Silverstone.

The Briton will be chasing his fourth win there today, and third home success in a row, to cut Rosberg’s championship lead of 11 points.

Earlier in practice, Hamilton took full advantage of Rosberg’s absence on Friday to top the times. Rosberg was left on the sidelines as his car was dismantled for repairs in the team garage.

Hamilton revealed after Friday’s second practice session that he enjoys racing on his home Silverstone track so much that he screams aloud while he is whizzing around the circuit.

“It’s been a great first day, lots of positive steps forward with the balance of the car,” Hamilton said. “It’s incredibly gusty out there, which is one of the awesome challenges of this circuit. Coming through Maggots and Becketts [corners], then down through Stowe, I was actually yelling in my helmet. It’s that exciting.”

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