But heading into Qualifying, it would seem that Mercedes are looking like the team to beat heading into the session that look set to gain Pole Position ahead of the race on Sunday. But Ferrari, Williams or Toro Rosso may spring a surprise and throw a spanner into the works based on their early pace and promise within the Practice sessions.
Let the battle for Pole Position begin…
In Q1, Kimi Raikkonen tops the timesheets with a time of 1.33.426, Nico Rosberg was second, Sebastian Vettel was third, Lewis Hamilton was fourth and Valtteri Bottas was fifth. Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat, Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg managed to get 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places for their teams. At the end of Q1, we lose Felipe Nasr, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi.
During the Q1 session, we saw Nico Hulkenberg, Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Pastor Maldonado, Sergio Perez and Daniil Kvyat had their times deleted by the stewards after exceeding track limits at Corpse corner where there is a clampdown on drivers exceeding the limits of the track this weekend.
In Q2, Rosberg tops the timesheets with a time of 1.37.737, Bottas was second, Hamilton was third, Kvyat was fourth and Vettel was fifth. Hulkenberg, Massa, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Sainz Jr managed to get 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places for their teams. At the end of Q2, we lose Perez, Grosjean, Verstappen, Maldonado and Ericsson.
During Q2, we saw Raikkonen, Ericsson and Maldonado having their times deleted by the stewards for exceeding the track limits and the pressure was on each of them to complete a lap time before the session ended.
The battle for Pole Position is on…
In Q3, Hamilton tops the timesheet in Q3 and gets pole with a lap time of 1.37.248 to claim Pole Position at the British GP; his 46th Pole Position of his career. Rosberg was second fastest with a gap of 0.113 seconds behind Hamilton and Massa was a credible third fastest with a gap of 0.837 seconds behind Hamilton.
Bottas was a credible fourth fastest with a gap of 0.901 seconds behind and Raikkonen was fifth fastest with a gap of 1.137 seconds behind Hamilton. Vettel was sixth fastest with a gap of 1.299 seconds behind, Kvyat was seventh fastest with a gap of 1.388 seconds behind, Sainz Jr was eighth fastest with a gap of 1.401 seconds behind, Hulkenberg was ninth fastest with a gap of 1.425 seconds behind and Ricciardo was tenth fastest.
It would seem that Mercedes genuinely has the pace to challenge for the race win again this weekend despite their form in Qualifying. Both of the Mercedes drivers seem to have the cars underneath them to do this and have been consistent and fast throughout every session so far this weekend.
You cannot discount Massa, Vettel, Bottas or even Raikkonen even to be challenging also for the race win and could also be the dark horses to take the win away from Mercedes that could see gaining some points on their rivals to leapfrog in the Constructors Championship.
Sainz Jr, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg and Kvyat could also have a decent race tomorrow and pick up some much needed points for their respective teams. Will it rain tomorrow? I do not know. Who will win the Grand Prix tomorrow? I really don’t know Who will win the championship after this race?
Let’s see what happens tomorrow on the Silverstone circuit on race day tomorrow…