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Valtteri Bottas won pole at the 2019 British Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas won pole at the 2019 British Grand Prix

Mercedes riders Valtteri Bottas won after dramatic performances with Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc.

Valtteri Bottas is only 0.006 seconds faster than Hamilton teammates. Mercedes' duo goes far behind the rear. Riders on three Charles Leclerc have a record of 1 minute 25,172 seconds, slower than Bottas 0.079 seconds.

After the rain at the test stage, the first part of the classification took place in dry conditions. All teams use soft tires to get good results, except Ferrari - the team picks the average tire. Hamilton was the fastest in Q1 with a 1 minute record of 25,513 seconds but Leclerc was only 0.02 seconds slower despite experts judging that he would have to be twice as slow when using thicker tires. This is like a warning about Ferrari's speed.

Sebastian Vettel is not racing as well as his teammates and only on Thursday. He had to switch to using a soft tire and abandon a race even though it was safe. The duo of Williams George Russell and Robert Kubica, Racing Point racer Lance Stroll, Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) and Kevin Magnussen (Haas) are eliminated after Q1.

In Q2, the rookies of F1 shine, the most impressive is Leclerc. All attention is paid to how the leading teams choose tires. Mercedes and Red Bull switched to medium tires while Vettel continued to use soft tires. Leclerc proved the speed of the SF90 and then continued to improve the performance of the end of Q3 when switching to soft tires. By this time, Ferrari had revealed their tactics at the grading stage.

In the fight against Q3, Lando Norris (McLaren) overtook teammate Carlos Sainz for the seventh time this year. Sainz also has a duo of Alfa Romeo Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean (Haas) and Sergio Perez (Racing Point).

At the beginning of Q3, Lewis Hamilton made a mistake. Bottas took a chance to lead his team by 0.25 second. Meanwhile, two Ferrari riders ranked fourth and sixth respectively after the first round. Leclerc admits to making a mistake because "wants to try something new".

Hamilton wanted to compete with Bottas to win against the cheers of the home audience. He improved his performance in the final rounds while Bottas leveled off. But that is not enough for Hamilton to overcome his teammates. The distance between the top two riders is the tightest in the rankings at F1 over the past 10 years. Hamilton could not win the pole at Silverstone for the fifth time.