F1 News - Lewis Hamilton takes British Grand Prix pole
Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling battle for pole position at the British Grand Prix, snatching top spot from title rival Sebastian Vettel with his very last lap.
The Mercedes driver was behind Vettel by 0.057 seconds after their first runs in the top 10 shoot-out at a warm and sunny Silverstone but saved his best for last.
Hamilton improved by 0.1secs on his final lap, showing massive commitment through the super-fast corners at this historic track, and with Vettel failing to improve, the world champion took pole by 0.044secs.
The crowd chanted Hamilton's name as he did his interview immediately after qualifying, and he sounded overcome with emotion as he recalled qualifying.
"I gave it everything I could," he said. "It was so close. The Ferraris pulled something out and I was just praying I could do it for you guys."
Vettel, struggling with a pain in his neck, said: "I was down a bit on the straights. It was so close. Happy with second, it gives us chances in the race.
Vettel came close to being beaten by his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who set the fastest first sector on his final lap but ended up just 0.054secs off the lead Ferrari.
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July 7, 2018 at 09:21AM