Lewis Hamilton beat team-mate Nico Rosberg to snatch pole for the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton trailed Rosberg going into Q3, but took the early advantage in the final shootout, producing a 1:32.248 on his opening run, lapping a tenth faster than Rosberg.
Both Mercedes racers returned to the track in the dying minutes, but despite a solid first sector Rosberg could not overturn Hamilton’s early benchmark, handing the Briton pole.
Felipe Massa jumped to third with his final flier, relegating Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas to fourth as the Grove based squad locked out the second row.
Kimi Raikkonen beat Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel to fifth, out-qualifying the German for just the second time this season.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat was seventh, ahead of Toro Rosso racer Carlos Sainz Jr and Nico Hulkenberg – the German ninth quickest in the upgraded Force India.
Daniel Ricciardo was left to round out the top 10 in the second Red Bull after losing his best lap for exceeding track limits.
Force India’s Sergio Perez missed out on a spot in the final shootout after his fastest time was deleted for running wide at Turn 9, leaving him 11th.
A frustrated Max Verstappen failed to carry his practice form into qualiftying, lapping just 13th quickest, sandwiched between the two Lotus’ of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.
Marcus Ericsson was 15th for Sauber, ahead of team-mate Felipe Nasr, who narrowly failed to progress into Q2 after missing the cut by a mere 0.011s.
Both McLaren-Hondas were eliminated in the opening pat of qualifying, with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button just 17th and 18th quickest.
Will Stevens beat Roberto Merhi as the two Manor cars rounded out the order.
This report first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS