British Grand Prix 2016, live: Lewis Hamilton storms to victory at Silverstone and vows to catch Nico Rosberg in F1 championship hunt (2023)

Where is it being raced?

At Silverstone Circuit,England.

When does it start?

The race itself starts at 1pm UK time, on 10th July.

What TV channel is it on?

Sky will show the race live, with coverage starting at 11.30am on their special F1 devotedchannelSky Sports F1. You can also watch qualifying on the same channel the day before, starting at 10am.

The race is also live on Channel 4, with coverage starting at 12pm.

What are the latest standings?

What are the odds?

To win the British Grand Prix:

Lewis Hamilton- EvensNico Rosberg- 2/1Sebastian Vettel- 8/1Daniel Ricciardo- 14/1Max Verstappen- 16/1Kimi Raikonnen- 25/1

What happened in qualifying?

Daniel Johnson reports from Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton, the man for the big occasion. Under immense pressure, with just one lap to get to the job done, Hamilton seized the moment and pole position for the British Grand Prix ahead of title rival Nico Rosberg.

The reigning champion had his first lap deleted for running beyond track limits at Copse corner, yet went even faster – and within the confines of the track – on his second run, obliterating his team-mate.

It was his fourth pole here, as he bids for his fourth victory in the British Grand Prix to match Nigel Mansell’s mark of four victories. Hamilton, who trails Rosberg by 11 points in the drivers’ championship, would also become the first Briton since Jim Clark in the 1960s to win three races at home in a row.

Rosberg never seemed on terms with Hamilton, 0.3s behind. Max Verstappen qualified third for Red Bull, ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in fourth for the first time on Saturday this year. The Two Ferraris followed, but Sebastian Vettel will start 11thdue to a five-place grid penalty for changing a gearbox.

Other than for Hamilton, it was a dire day for Brits. Jenson Button qualified 17th, one place ahead of Jolyon Palmer, in his first British Grand Prix.

All the talk before this race had been of the sanctions Hamilton and Rosberg will face if they collide again, but on the evidence of this qualifying session the German will struggle to get anywhere near his Mercedes team-mate.

After his 55thcareer pole, Hamilton said: “Well firstly I want to say how amazing and grateful I am for all the fans this weekend. From Thursday until today it’s the biggest crowd I think I’ve ever seen. It’s mesmerising. A big thank you everyone out there.

“Not the cleanest qualifying session. The penultimate lap was a very good one which was taken away. I touched the kerb and it pulled me further. A lot of pressure for that last lap. But I knew sitting the garage that I couldn’t let the guys down.”

Rosberg added: “It just wasn’t the best day out there for me. Congratulations to Lewis. It’s all to play for me tomorrow.”

Hamilton had a far from perfect start to qualifying. He was 15 thousandths of a second slower than his team-mate, and wobbled his way through Stowe in his second attempt, diving into the pits rather than finishing the lap.

But it was far, far worse for the other two Britons on the grid. Palmer always faced a tall order in his uncompetitive Renault, but was shaded by 0.2s by team-mate Kevin Magnussen and went out in the first part of qualifying. He will start 18th.

Matters became even more desperate for Button. Sat in the garage with a lap four tenths of a second slower than Fernando Alonso, his sparring partner at McLaren, Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat improved to knock him out of qualifying in 17th.

Then, bizarrely, he ran back down the pit lane to get suited and booted once more, hopping back into the cockpit. McLaren hoped Magnussen’s time was about to be disqualified for exceeding the track limits, but Button’s impromptu job was in vain. "I've just been told that, because Q2 has started, it's too late now,” his engineer told him. “We are eliminated. Apologies for all the confusion."

The helmet came off for a second time. “It doesn’t seem very lucky this weekend for me,” he said afterwards. “It has been pretty tricky with issues all weekend.”

Marcus Ericsson, who had a huge crash at Stowe in final practice, and was subsequently taken to hospital in Oxford for routine checks, did not take part.

The Mercedes were first out again at the start of the second segment. Now Hamilton was up to speed. He set the fastest time in all three sectors, obliterating Rosberg by seventh tenths of a second. It was also the fastest ever lap set on this configuration of the Silverstone circuit, introduced in 2011.

Kimi Raikkonen, re-signed by Ferrari for 2017, then showed why many people believe he does not deserve that new deal. First he spun off at the final corner, and then on his following effort ran wide in the Arena section. It prompted a shake of the head from his boss, Maurizio Arrivabene.

Raikkonen eventually put in a solid lap to go through, but he nor no-one could get anywhere near Hamilton. The next fastest car, the Red Bull of Verstappen, was 1.5s adrift. Alonso put in another impressive lap to make it into qualifying three in ninth. Both Force Indias, Felipe Massa, the two Haas drivers, Daniil Kvyat and Kevin Magnussen missed out.

At the beginning of the shootout for pole position, Rosberg had it all to do. He improved on his effort from the second segment, but still could not match Hamilton’s speed. The Englishman was fractionally slower than he had gone before yet still 0.3s up on his team-mate.

But the time was soon stripped away from Hamilton by the stewards for running wide at Copse corner. The pressure was on his final lap. The rest were not in contention.

Hamilton delivered, going even faster as he headed for the line. Rosberg could not get near him.

Final Positions after Qualifying:

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 29.287secs

2 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 1:29.606

3 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:30.313

4 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:30.618

5 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:30.881

6 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:31.490

7 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams 1:31.557

8 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 1:31.920

9 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:31.989

10 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:32.343

11 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:31.875

12 Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams 1:32.002

13 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:32.050

14 Esteban Gutierrez (Mex) Haas F1 1:32.241

15 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:32.306

16 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Renault 1:37.060

17 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 1:32.788

18 Jolyon Palmer (Gbr) Renault 1:32.905

19 Rio Haryanto (Ina) Manor Racing 1:33.098

20 Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Manor Racing 1:33.151

21 Felipe Nasr (Bra) Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.544

22 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari No Time

What's Hamilton's record at Silverstone?

The Ups

2008 – Winning spectacularly in the rain, thoroughly destroying the opposition to take the chequered flag by more than a minute. With everyone else spinning all over the shop, Hamilton walked on water.

2014 – Six years after his first, Hamilton’s second win at Silverstone was even more important, getting him back in the world championship. Nico Rosberg retired but Hamilton was hunting him down anyway.

2015 – Superb judgement – a quality he has not always showed – saw Hamilton chose the right time to switch to intermediate tyres and win at Silverstone for the second year in a row.

The Downs

2009 – After the highs of 2008, came a dismal 2009. In a McLaren well off the pace, Hamilton qualified 19thand finished the race 16th, more than a lap off the lead. Quite the come down.

2013 – Leading after starting from pole, Hamilton suffered the first of many spectacular tyre blowouts. He was relegated to last, eventually hauling himself back up to fourth by the finish.

2014 (qualifying) – Perhaps the lowest and most speechless Hamilton has ever been, after he abandoned his final lap in qualifying, believing he would not improve. Team-mate Nico Rosberg took pole while he was fifth.

What have been the main themes from the season so far?

Here,F1 CorrespondentDaniel Johnsonpicks his themes of the campaign so far.

Hamilton as divisive as ever If you do not like Lewis Hamilton by now, you probably never will. And for those who think he is the salt of the earth, nothing will change their mind. He divides opinion. The globetrotting has been in full swing, as has his Nigel Mansell-style ‘me against the world’ complex. But some of his exploits on track still take your breath away. It all depends on how much the off-track showbusiness lifestyle bothers you, if at all.

Rosberg’s newfound ruthlessness Nico Rosberg clearly grew a pair of elbows over the winter. In 2015 he was pushed around by Hamilton, made to look silly on several occasions. Whatever the consequences for him, some just as embarrassing, Rosberg has decided he is not giving way anymore. If his defence in Spain was aggressive, in Austria it was bordering on the unacceptable (the stewards certainly thought so).

Ferrari are not the coming team We were told Ferrari would be on Mercedes pace at the first race in Australia and would be challenging for victories most weekend from then on. What a load of cobblers that has turned out to be. Operationally Ferrari have been weak, letting at least two wins slip through their fingers. And on pure speed they are no match for the world champions. Sebastian Vettel, the ultimate team player, is their greatest asset.

The plight of the rookie Spare a thought for Britain’s Jolyon Palmer. After just two races – one which saw an impressive drive and the other he could not start with a car failure – rumours already starting circulating that Renault were going to drop him. The 25-year-old has not done all that badly in what has been a baptism of fire. But time is really of the essence, and rookies are not being given much these days.

Worst it’s ever been, Bernie? Never shy of headlines, Bernie Ecclestone said before the start of this season Formula One was the “worst it has ever been”. But other than Baku, it is hard to think of a dud race. And there have been several thrillers: Monaco, Spain and Austria spring to mind. Even the 85-year-old now admits we are having a rather good season after all.

The old boys are clinging on Kimi Raikkonen, the oldest driver on the grid, is hardly deserving of a Ferrari drive, but he has survived. The big question now is whether two other old boys, who are frankly roadblocks to young talent – Felipe Massa and Jenson Button – cling on too. Button in particular shows he can still cut it with the best.

Mercedes face their biggest test

Not that winning back-to-back championships and obliterating the competition has been easy, but Mercedes are entering into the trickiest period of their era of domination. Their two drivers have felt emboldened to fight it out on track, pushing the so-called ‘rules of engagement’ beyond their limits. Who runs the team? We will find out the next time – and there will almost certainly be a next time – they come together on track.

Political farce as bad as ever

It seems like years ago now but it is hard to understate the scale of the farce around the ‘elimination’ qualifying format. It was a damning indictment on the sport that it survived for two races despite being universally hated. The new rules for next year’s cars became a similarly depressing quagmire. If the results are bad for the sport then we only have the infighting which runs to Formula One’s core to blame.

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