Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) scored his fourth pole of the season in Silverstone, tenth of his career, and prolongs the hegemony of the silver cars on Saturdays in the GP of Great Britain: in the last 7 years, consecutively, the Mercedes started in first position. The Finn will leave with Lewis Hamilton at his side, followed by Charles Leclerc.
Like last year, the first three were separated by only 79 thousandths
The classification of 2019 was a carbon copy of the 2018, with three drivers (then Hamilton, and the Ferrari Vettel and Räikkönen) in less than a tenth. On this occasion, in the last round, the second attempt of Q3, a lap thrown, none of the three contenders could reduce the best time of the first attempt, which had established Valtteri Bottas with a new track record.
In this way, the Finnish retained the pole with his 1m25s093 of the first round. Approached Hamilton only 6 thousandths, and Leclerc to 79. All three, in only 79 thousandths of difference; tighter than last year, when they were separated by 98 thousandths.
In the first sleeve (Q1), Lewis Hamilton gave good account of his intentions marking the best record with new record of the track (1m25s513). A chrono that reduces by more than 3 tenths the record that he established himself last year. The English managed to be in the lead for the first time all weekend. He followed very closely Charles
Leclerc (Ferrari), only 20 thousandths of a second, and Max
Verstappen (Red Bull), third, to one tenth.
Carlos Sainz signed the 13th time trial for an inexplicable loss of pace in Q2
The strategy appeared in the second sleeve When you put on most favorites the medium tire (yellow, in this case). The intention was clear: to start the race with a rubber that nobody wants and get rid of it. It surprised the different strategy of Ferrari, which shod with softer rubber (red) to Charles Leclerc, which was the fastest, and Sebastian Vettel. The German entered the top 10 by the hair, in his last lap, with worse time than his partner.
The surprise was the elimination of Carlos Sainz, who did not pass the 13th time and will start from the seventh row, very late for what was usual for the Madrid. "It's not what we wanted. I lost a lot of rear grip without knowing why, I was half a second slower from Q1 to Q2, "admitted the McLaren, who was overtaken by his partner, Lando Norris (8th). "You have to analyze what has happened, that lack of rhythm."
The starting grid
1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 1m25s093
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 1m25s099
3. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), 1m25s172
4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 1m25s276
5. Pierre Gasly (Red Bull), 1m25s590
6. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), 1m25s787
7. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), 1m26s182
8. Lando Norris (McLaren), 1m26s224
9. Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso), 1m26s345
10. Nico Hülkenberg (Renault), 1m26s386
11. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), 1m26s519
12. Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo), 1m26s546
13. Carlos Sainz (McLaren), 1m26s578
14. Romain Grosjean (Haas), 1m26s757
15. Sergio Pérez (Racing Point), 1m26s928
16. Kevin Magnussen (Haas), 1m26s662
17. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), 1m26s721
18. Lance Stroll (Racing Point), 1m26s762
19. George Russell (Williams), 1m27s789
20. Robert Kubica (Williams), 1m28s257