IN PICTURES: Saturday British Grand Prix action from Silverstone

Valtteri Bottas will start today's British Grand Prix at Silverstone on pole position, after pipping team-mate Lewis Hamilton by just 0.006 seconds!

Sunday, 14th July 2019, 11:32 am
Valtteri Bottas on his way to claiming pole

The pair, who both race for the Brackley-based Mercedes team, lit up the Northamptonshire track in a thrilling qualifying session.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc claimed third place.

Bottas said: “It felt really good. I've been missing the feeling being on pole. And a good performance, especially on a track like this where Lewis has been so difficult to beat.

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Charles Leclerc

“Again, it just reminds you why you do this, these kind of feelings."

Hamilton said his performance was “ultimately not good enough” – a mistake on his first Q3 run putting him on the back foot and leaving him with a big task on his final effort.

“I felt better today, and FP3 was good. Q1, run 1 was awesome and then it kind of fell apart from there,” explained the Briton. “It’s crazy, you have these five or six stabs at it, but it just wasn’t a good day. Frustrated with myself but it is what it is.”

Sunday's race starts at 2.15pm, with Hamilton aiming to win a record sixth British GP.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner
The front three...
Lewis Hamilton waves to the crowd
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc
Sir Jackie Stewart
Max Verstappen
Pierre Gasly
Valtteri Bottas celebrates claiming pole position