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British GP: Nico Rosberg on pole after crazy qualifying session

Nico Rosberg will start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix from pole position after a dramatic finish to this afternoon’s qualifying session.

Championship rival, Lewis Hamilton, was all set for his second successive pole position at Silverstone with just seconds remaining after he had seemingly mastered the changing conditions.

Rosberg took pole ahead of Vettel and Button

It was not to be though as the final section of the track had dried out and all of the other drivers, including Rosberg, reached that point of the circuit at exactly the right time.

Hamilton did not realise this and actually aborted his lap, leaving him down in sixth place whilst his teammate, Rosberg, posted a pole position lap time of 1:35.766.

He is joined by four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel on the front-row, with Britain’s Jenson Button in third place.

Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen were also in the right place at the right time as they qualified in fourth and fifth places respectively.

It was a disastrous day for  the Williams and Ferrari teams, with both of them failing to make it out of Q1. Fernando Alonso spun off the circuit as the weather began to change, whilst teammate Kimi Raikkonen was struggling all day to control his Ferrari.

Hamilton’s error led to him dropping to sixth

The loss of the Williams cars was a surprise as there were no visible mistakes by the drivers, meaning that they must have simply timed their runs wrong.

One team that performed excellently in the conditions was Marussia, just like they did at the Belgian Grand Prix last year. Both drivers made it out of Q1 and Jules Bianchi managed to put his car 12th on the grid for tomorrow’s race.

Max Chilton will start from 18th after suffering a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox.

Today’s excellent qualifying session should mean that we have an exciting race tomorrow as many cars are out of position on the grid.

Hamilton will certainly need a good start if he is to keep up with Rosberg, not only in tomorrow’s race, but also in the driver’s championship.

 

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