Qualifying facts and stats: Hamilton claims 100th front-row start for Mercedes
Mercedes’ dominance was clear to see on Saturday. But it was not without drama, as Lewis Hamilton recovered from a rare spin en route to pole. However, the Silver Arrows weren’t the only ones creating some intriguing Silverstone stats…
• Hamilton is the first man to take 7 poles in his home event.
• Mercedes are the first constructor to take 8 consecutive pole positions at the same venue.
• Hamilton's 65th pole for Mercedes ties Ayrton Senna's entire career total.
• This is the 25th pole position for a British driver in the British Grand Prix.
• Hamilton claimed his 100th front-row start for Mercedes in 144 starts for the team.
• Mercedes retake the front-row lockout record with their 66th, surpassing Ferrari.
• Mercedes were 0.7s quicker than in 2019. Red Bull and Ferrari were both slower than they were in Q3 in 2019.
• Thanks to Max Verstappen, Red Bull have their first top-3 start at Silverstone since 2016.
• At Ferrari, Charles Leclerc (P4) and Sebastian Vettel (P10) are tied 2-2 in their season head-to-head qualifying battle.
• Vettel's best Q3 time was deleted for violating track limits at Turn 9. He has only started higher than 10th once this season.
• McLaren’s Lando Norris has his 2nd top-5 start in 4 races this season.
• Lance Stroll qualified 6th for Racing Point. He had never progressed beyond Q1 at Silverstone until today.
• AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was knocked out in Q2 despite setting an identical time to Stroll, who progressed to Q3 since he set the time first.
• While his Red Bull team mate made the top 3, Alex Albon dropped out in Q2 for the 2nd consecutive race. Last year he reached Q3 here for Toro Rosso.
• George Russell put Williams into Q2 for the 3rd consecutive race.
• No Alfa Romeo has progressed from Q1 in any of the first 4 races this year.
• Their star driver Kimi Raikkonen was eliminated in Q1 for a career-record 5th straight race.
• He has been out-qualified by team mate Antonio Giovinazzi 3-1 this year.
• With Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon 8th and 9th respectively, both Renaults reached Q3 - neither reached Q3 last time out in Hungary.