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Lewis Hamilton secures strong pole position at Silverstone // Mercedes dominate qualifying, as Ferrari and Lotus fail to make an impact

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Lewis Hamilton secures strong pole position at Silverstone
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There were sunny skies over the Silverstone circuit today as qualifying was completed in dry conditions. The first session saw the usual four drop out, but also Esteban Gutiérrez in the Sauber and a battle between the two Williams to see who would be 17th... and it was Valtteri Bottas.

The big surprise came in the second session, when Felipe Massa couldn’t haul his car up into the top ten, having to settle for 12th place, behind Jenson Button. Both McLarens were out in Q2, as well as Jean-Éric Vergne in the Toro Rosso - who had to watch teammate Daniel Ricciardo sail into the top ten.

The final shootout for pole was only ever going to be between Mercedes and Red Bull, and they ended up in that order, with Lewis Hamilton sweeping towards P1 with a stunning lap. Nico Rosberg helped him lock out the front row for Mercedes, with Red Bull taking third and fourth. Fernando Alonso was way down in tenth, whilst the two Lotus drivers were only just ahead of him - Romain Grosjean outqualifying Kimi Räikkönen for the first time this year.