Sun, Jul 16, 11:49am by Head Editor
Lewis Hamilton has blown the field away in qualifying at his home Grand Prix, securing his fifth British Grand Prix pole position, which equals Jim Clark’s record.
The 67th pole of his career came after a stunning lap at Silverstone, which set the pace by over half a second, and leaves him just one behind the all-time record of 68, held by Michael Schumacher.
The record-equalling achievement was the subject of an investigation, but the stewards ruled that he had not blocked Haas driver, Romain Grosjean, who had complained that the Brit impeded him during the Q3 top-ten shootout.
The Mercedes driver finished ahead of Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen, and title rival Sebastien Vettel, in rain-soaked conditions.
Having started the weekend as a $1.72 chance, he’s now into $1.45 to win his fourth straight British Grand Prix. Championship leader Vettel is out from $3.25 to $5, while Raikkonen’s second placed start on the grid has seen him come in from $34 to $8.
The tough conditions made things treacherous for the drivers, with Aussie Dan Ricciardo narrowly avoiding disaster, when his car spun out, and ended up sideways.
While he managed to keep his car off the wall in that incident, it didn’t change the fact that his run of five successive podiums in his serious doubt, after the gearbox on his car was replaced before the qualifying session started on Saturday, which incurs an automatic five-place grid penalty.
It is his second grid penalty of the season, after a similar five-place drop in his home race in Melbourne in March. He started from the pit lane on that occasion and failed to finish the race.
The West Australian will start from the back row of the grid, which has seen his odds balloon out from $21 to $101.
British Grand Prix Winner
L Hamilton $1.45
S Vettel $5
K Raikkonen $8
V Bottas $15
M Verstappen $17
D Ricciardo $101
S Perez $201
N Hulkenberg $201
D Kvyat $501
K Magnussen $501
J Palmer $501
S Vandoorne $501
C Sainz Jr $501
M Ericsson $501
F Massa $501
L Stroll $501
P Wehrlein $501
E Ocon $501
F Alonso $501
R Grosjean $501
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