Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas will start tomorrow's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on pole position after beating teammate Lewis Hamilton to pole by 0.063 of a second. Racing Point's Nico Hulkenberg will start tomorrow's race in third.
Hulkenberg led early on in Q1, as Geroge Russell stayed ahead of the two Haas cars. The AlphaTauri's of Pierre Gasly and Danill Kvyat looked confident, setting times good enough for fifth and seventh.
The stewards put Esteban Ocon under investigation for impeding Russell as Hamilton topped the times, breaking into the 1:26's for the first time in the session. Sebastian Vettel struggled in the first part, falling as low as thirteenth.
Kvyat was knocked out of the session after his final time was deleted for exceeding track limits, while Russell scraped through yet again into Q2. finishing the first session in fifteenth.
Medium and hard compound tyres were the preferred option for drivers as Q2 got underway as Bottas set the early pace with a 1:25,785. Max Verstappen, on hard tyres, went fourth fastest.
Hulkenberg went wide at Chapel, dropping him to eleventh. Vettel initially stayed on the edge of elimination with his first lap in tenth, while Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc achieved fourth on his first run.
Hulkenberg pulled off a quick lap to go second, splitting the Mercedes as Pierre Gasly just scraped into Q3.
It was Hamilton on provisional pole from teammate Bottas at the start of Q3, with Renault's Ricciardo a second back in third, which he set on the medium compound tyres.
Bottas snatched pole from Hamilton by six-hundredths of a second to take his second pole of the season, while Hulkenberg finished off an impressive qualifying session to take third.
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