NOTEBOOK – Saturday Silverstone

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Lewis Hamilton took pole position for his home grand prix at Silverstone in a nail biting qualifying session. The brit put himself in with a lot of work to do after making mistakes on two of his other runs in the session.

Pole lap – Hamilton 01:29.287

Lewis Hamilton knew he had to do it in one lap if he was to take pole he went across the line on the way to Abbey where he hits the inside kerb before heading through the curve at Farm. Heading nicely through the Arena section good through five going for the outside along the straight

He goes close to the kerb and beautiful exit from Brooklands before nicely through the long Luffield corner. On the old start finish he drives nicely at Woodcote. To the inside a Copse where he lets his car run to the outside.

The run down to Maggots and Becketts a good into part one of the section and gets a perfect exit into Chapel nicely through and on to Hangar Straight. Drives straight thought with ease at Stow and into Vale where he slows to low speed. Gets a good exit from Club and crosses the line with a 01:29.287.

Track limits

The stewards have been very tough on track limit at this weekend the drivers know that the circuit is defined by the white line. The drivers are tasked in Qualifying with getting the best out of the car and there will be frustration when they go beyond it.

Ericson FP3 crash

Marcus Ericsson came out of Stowe went over the kerb sending him into a spin and locks the rear tyres up as he crosses the track. Going onto the grass hits the wall with the front which brings the rear round into the wall ripping the rear and his steering wheel came off the circuit.

He said “I lost the car and this was followed by a big impact with the barriers. I went to the medical centre, but, because of the impact, they wanted to send me to hospital.”

“Many check-ups have been done and things are looking good. I am feeling a bit sore, but everything else is ok. It is obviously disappointing that I was not able to participate in qualifying, but the most important is that I am alright. I apologise to my car crew that I have caused them a lot of work.”

Red Bull  

Red Bull have found brilliant form in recent races and they appear to have the performance in recent races but today Mercedes had too bigger gap over the rest of the field. They will be a threat to Mercedes but they will need a good race and strategy if they are going to beat the Mercedes.

Team Principal Christian Horner Said “A fantastic Qualifying session for the team, to lock out the 2nd row in tomorrow’s grand prix at Silverstone, our local race, is very satisfying. It’s a testament to how smartly all the team are working.”

Adding “Max put in a tremendous lap on his first run in Q3, and the wind seemed to pick up with not many cars able to improve their times, but Daniel came through just a few hundredths behind.”

Q2 into Q3 close fight

It was a close fight in the closing moments of Q2 which we like to see but it will be a disappointment for Williams and Force India. But good for Carlos Sainz getting through to the final session showing he has potential.

Race Preview

The race I would expect that Mercedes will be the team to beat once again as they have great pace and  look in control. They will want to have a clean race because of recent tension between Hamilton and Rosberg in the race. Red Bull will be

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