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Qualifying - home hero Hamilton storms to Silverstone pole 29 Jun 2013

(L to R): Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, pole sitter Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 29 June 2013 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for his home Grand Prix Colleagues Niki Lauda and Jock Clear celebrate a Mercedes one-two in qualifying for the British round Sebastian Vettel can only qualify third fastest for Red Bull Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM06.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 29 June 2013

Lewis Hamilton gave the 90,000 spectators at Silverstone exactly what they wanted when he dominated qualifying for Sunday's 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix.

Fastest in Q1 but only sixth as he conserved rubber in Q2, the British racer put in the best lap on his first run before brilliantly snatching back the momentary advantage of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg on his second run to claim pole by over four tenths of a second.

Thus the Silver Arrows line up first and second with 1m 29.607s and 1m 30.059s respectively. Behind them, Red Bull's Mark Webber seemed set for third after shading team mate Sebastian Vettel in their first runs, but the German just reversed that by the end of their second with 1m 30.211s to 1m 30.220s.

To cheer the crowd even more, Paul di Resta bounced back to fifth on 1m 30.736s after playing second fiddle to Force India team mate Adrian Sutil for much of the session. The German was separated from the Scot by Daniel Ricciardo, whose practice form for Toro Rosso held up with sixth slot on 1m 30.757s.

Sutil was seventh with 1m 30.908s, with Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen next up for Lotus on 1m 30.955s and 1m 30.962s apiece. Fernando Alonso had a disappointing run for Ferrari to finish in 10th place on 1m 30.979s, which gives him a mountain to scale in the race.

For a few moments it seemed that another home favourite, Jenson Button, had just done enough to squeeze into Q3 with 1m 31.649s, but then Raikkonen launched a lap of 1m 31.592s to bump the understeering McLaren out.

Felipe Massa also failed to get through to Q3, after lapping his Ferrari in 1m 31.779s. Right behind him was Jean-Eric Vergne, who spoiled one lap with a grassy moment exiting Chapel in his Toro Rosso, then improved marginally to 1m 31.785s.

Sergio Perez couldn’t better 1m 32.082s in the second McLaren, which left him 14th ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber on 1m 32.211s and Pastor Maldonado’s Williams on 1m 32.359s.

As Hamilton set the pace with 1m 30.995s, Q1 had seen Maldonado pip Williams team mate Valtteri Bottas for the final Q2 slot, with 1m 32.512s to 1m 32.664s. Behind the duo came Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez on 1m 32.666s, then Charles Pic continued to head the final quartet for Caterham with 1m 33.866s to Jules Bianchi’s 1m 34.108s for Marussia.

Pic’s team mate Giedo van der Garde did only one lap since he gets a five-place grid penalty from his collision with Webber in Canada, so though he was 21st fastest on 1m 35.481s he’ll drop behind Max Chilton, who recorded 1m 35.858s for Marussia.

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