2013 BRITISH GP: MERCEDES TO START FROM FIRST ROW AS USUAL

Local hero Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position at his home grand prix with a time of 1:29.607, the fastest Formula One lap ever seen at the new Silverstone, which was remodelled in 2010. The Mercedes AMG driver set his 28th pole position, bringing him to just one pole off Fangio’s total of 29.

Following a wet practice session yesterday morning and drying weather in the afternoon, today’s action was dry from start to finish, with 20 degrees centigrade ambient temperature and 32 degrees centigrade of track temperatures. Similar conditions are expected for the race tomorrow.

The majority of the top runners used the hard compound to get through Q1, with the exception of the Mercedes drivers, who opted for the medium tyres to set the two fastest times in the session with Hamilton leading his team mate Nico Rosberg.

All the drivers used the medium tyre in Q2, with the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finishing in one-two formation. Bad day for Felipe Massa and McLaren drivers.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean were the only drivers to start the final top 10 Q3 shoot out on hard tyres, but they both set their fastest times with the medium compound. All the drivers completed two runs in Q3, with plenty of action from start to finish.

Paul di Resta has been excluded from qualifying at the British Grand Prix after his Force India was found to be under the minimum weight limit. The Scot had secured fifth on the grid at Silverstone but his car came in 1.5kg underweight in post-qualifying scrutineering.

Even with a mandatory fuel sample on board, the car weighed only 641.5 kg - which is 0.5 kg below the minimum weight. After the FIA drained the car of fuel, it was found it weighed just 640kg, two kilogrammes under the limit. With a 0.5kg tolerance accepted for the scales' accuracy, it was ruled that the car was officially 1.5kg underweight.

 P.    Driver                Team         Time        Gap 
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG   1:29.607
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG   1:30.059  + 0.452
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull       1:30.211  + 0.604
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull       1:30.220  + 0.613
 5. Paul di Resta         Force India    1:30.736  + 1.129
 6. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso     1:30.757  + 1.150
 7. Adrian Sutil          Force India    1:30.908  + 1.301
 8. Romain Grosjean       Lotus          1:30.955  + 1.348
 9. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus          1:30.962  + 1.355
10. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari        1:30.979  + 1.372
  Q2 fastest time: Sebastian Vettel 1:30.990         Gap  
11. Jenson Button         McLaren        1:31.649  + 0.659
12. Felipe Massa          Ferrari        1:31.779  + 0.789
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso     1:31.785  + 0.795
14. Sergio Perez          McLaren        1:32.082  + 1.092
15. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber         1:32.211  + 1.221
16. Pastor Maldonado      Williams       1:32.359  + 1.369
  Q1 fastest time: Lewis Hamilton 1:30.995           Gap  
17. Valtteri Bottas       Williams       1:32.664  + 1.669
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber         1:32.666  + 1.671
19. Charles Pic           Caterham       1:33.866  + 2.871
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia       1:34.108  + 3.113
21. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham       1:35.481  + 4.486
22. Max Chilton           Marussia       1:35.858  + 4.863
107% time: 1:37.364