World champion spun in Q2 but bounced back for seventh Silverstone pole; Lando Norris fifth for McLaren, while George Russell makes Q2 again

Last Updated: 01/08/20 3:18pm

Lewis Hamilton brilliantly recovered from a spin to demolish Silverstone’s lap record and claim pole position for his home British Grand Prix.

Hamilton had appeared on the backfoot after losing control of his W11 in the second stage of qualifying but bounced back when it mattered most with two laps in Q3 that would have been enough to beat Valtteri Bottas.

His final effort – 1:24.303 – secured his 91st career pole by three tenths of a second to head another Mercedes front row.

Max Verstappen was a third but Red Bull lapped a second adrift of Hamilton’s pole position time.

“He did two laps that were good enough for pole position,” said Sky F1’s Martin Brundle. “Stunning, stunning laps from Lewis Hamilton.”

Charles Leclerc was six places ahead of Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel in a strong fourth, with Lando Norris the lead McLaren for his own home GP in fifth.

Racing Point achieved a best-place finish of sixth with Lance Stroll, but Nico Hulkenberg dropped out in Q2.

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