The Finn improved the champion’s time in the final qualifying lap while the German showed that he deserves to be in the top flight.
Valtteri Bottas gave the note at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix of the Formula 1 by taking pole at the end of the qualifying round, beating his teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
The Finn set a time of 1: 25.154 and surpassed the Briton by just 63 thousandths, for which he will start from the top position at Silverstone in what will be the fifth race of the rare 2020 season, complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.
In third place will start the surprise of the day, Nico Hulkenberg. The German driver, who replaces Sergio Pérez (still recovering from covid), was the best of the rest and the only one who remained less than a second behind the Mercedes.
Hulkenberg wants a place in the top category again, although now he will have to prove it in the race since last weekend he could not start due to a mechanical problem with his Racing Point, which did not let him even start the British GP.
Max Verstappen will start fourth with Red Bull while Daniel Ricciardo will start from fifth in his Renault. Then they qualified Lance Stroll (Racing Point), Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri), Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Alex Albon (Red Bull) and Lando Norris (McLaren).
Another very poor qualifying for Ferrari, with Leclerc setting just the seventh fastest time, almost a second and a half behind the Mercedes, and Sebastian Vettel starting from an inconceivable 13th place. The Prancing Horse accentuates his terrible moment.
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