Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to pole at Silverstone

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Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the British Grand Prix as the challenge from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg failed to materialise in the final session of qualifying at Silverstone.

Hamilton beat Rosberg by 0.113s as the German complained of a lack of grip from his front left tyre, which takes a pounding in a number of Silverstone's high-speed corners. Rosberg was quicker in the first sector but couldn't match Hamilton in the sweeping bends of the second sector or the tighter final few corners of the lap. There was never a threat from behind for the dominant Mercedes, with Felipe Massa 0.837s off Hamilton in third as Williams trumped Ferrari to lock out the second row on the grid. Valtteri Bottas had to settle for fourth after being beaten by Massa on the final run, but will fancy his chances in the race after saving an extra set of the softer medium tyres over his team-mate in Q1.

Despite looking second fastest throughout free practice, the Ferrari proved to be a long way off the pace with Kimi Raikkonen fifth fastest and 1.131s shy of Hamilton's Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel was beaten by his Ferrari team-mate for just the second time this year as his lack of practice pace continued through the three sessions in qualifying. Daniil Kvyat took seventh place ahead of Carlos Sainz, who left nothing on the table as he ran well wide at the final corner on his last attempt. Nico Hulkenberg took a solid ninth place in the updated Force India ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in tenth.

Sergio Perez will start 11th after pushing to the limits in the Force India but failing to match team-mate Nico Hulkenberg. Perez was just one of several drivers to fall foul of running wide at Copse and had his fastest time deleted, although it made no difference to his starting position. Romain Groisjean qualified 12th ahead of Max Verstappen, who struggled for grip in qualifying after showing prodigious pace in the Toro Rosso in earlier practice sessions. Pastor Maldonado was another driver to test the limits at Copse and incur the wrath of the stewards and had more than one time deleted for straying wide on corner exit, but will still start ahead of Marcus Ericsson.

Felipe Nasr joined the McLarens and Manors in dropping out in Q1, despite being 0.011s off Pastor Maldonado and a place in Q2. Fernando Alonso was 17th fastest as McLaren again struggled for pace despite significant upgrades on both cars. Jenson Button was a further 0.25s off the pace but still two seconds clear of Will Stevens in the faster of the two upgraded Manors.