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British GP: George and Lewis Lock Out the Front Row

Front Row Lockout for the Team: George takes his first pole position at the British GP, Lewis in P2. Three cars with Mercedes-Benz Power in the top-three.

The second day of the British Grand Prix began with overnight thunderstorms, rain, wind and a wet track in FP3. The final practice session took place in low temperatures (air: 10°C, track: 16°C) and was contested with Intermediate tyres throughout.

The Team seemed to have found a decent balance for these difficult conditions and George and Lewis finished the session in P1 and P2, but drier conditions were expected for qualifying, so the pace did not allow any direct conclusions to be drawn for qualifying.

Nevertheless, it was an encouraging start to the second day of our home race, which was to get even better shortly afterwards.

Just half an hour before Formula 1 went into qualifying at the Home of British Motor Racing, our Junior Driver Kimi Antonelli scored his first win in a Formula 2 Sprint Race in difficult wet conditions. Kimi put in a masterful performance to finish more than 8 seconds ahead of the runner-up and also set the fastest lap of the race.

Exciting Q1 in Changing Weather Conditions

After a heavy rain shower during the F2 race, the strong wind helped to dry the track before F1 qualifying, so that the drivers started Q1 on Intermediates, but were able to switch to slicks during the session.

Both drivers completed two push laps on the Intermediates before changing to the Soft tyres for their final run with multiple laps to get the tyres into the working window. Unfortunately, the first attempt on the Soft tyres was abruptly interrupted on the out lap when the session was red-flagged because Sergio Perez was stuck in the gravel at Copse.

Lewis and George resumed Q1 on slicks and completed several push laps in a row, while the rain first became heavier again and then eased off again. In the end, both made it safely into Q2 in P1 and P2.

Extremely Close Qualifying Ends with Front Row Lock Out

Our duo started the second qualifying segment on the used Soft tyres from Q1, which were already well up to temperature. With every lap completed by the remaining 15 drivers, the lap times continued to tumble on the drying track.

Both drivers put on a new set of Soft tyres for their second run in which they did a fast lap followed by a slow one and another push lap. This meant that George and Lewis made it safely into Q3 in P2 and P5. In total, drivers from seven different teams made it into Q3, seven of the ten cars were Mercedes-powered.

George and Lewis completed the first run on new Soft tyres in Q3 in P1 and P3. They were separated by less than two tenths of a second.

In an incredibly exciting, close battle on the final run, George secured pole position by 0.171 seconds ahead of Lewis in P2. Lando Norris in third ensured there were three Brits and three Mercedes-powered cars in the top three, with the top six within half a second of each other.

After a breathtaking qualifying, the race weekend is now heading towards its climax: the British Grand Prix. The race will start on Sunday at 15:00 local time (16:00 CEST).

George Russell

What a feeling! At the start of this year, we couldn’t have even dreamt of being on pole position at Silverstone. Having three Brits in the top-three is absolutely mega too. The crowd has been incredible, and they give us all so much energy. Having myself, Lewis, and Lando (Norris) at the front of the grid just shows that!

The car at the moment feels so good. It came alive in Qualifying, and it was an absolute joy to drive around this amazing circuit. We are riding a wave at the moment, but our eyes are on tomorrow. We’ve got a race to win, and we know that the McLaren of Lando will be pushing us incredibly hard. Max (Verstappen) will also be in the fight, but I am so excited right now. We can’t wait for the race tomorrow.

Lewis Hamilton

Having three Brits at the front of the grid for the British Grand Prix is incredible. A huge congratulations to George, he did such a great job to take pole position. We didn’t expect to be on the front-row this weekend. This result is therefore huge for us as a team. The car felt fantastic out there and everyone at Brackley and Brixworth deserves this.

It was all about getting the tyre temperatures in the right place today and then sealing the deal with a good lap. I think there was a little time left on the table which George managed to extract. I feel confident in the car for tomorrow’s race. With both myself and George on the front-row, we have an advantage in trying to keep Lando (Norris) behind. Let’s see what we can do.

Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO

That was a very good Saturday for the team. That is a front three for Mercedes-Benz power and three Brits at the front, which is special for the Silverstone crowd. That said, today doesn’t count for much. We need to do the job tomorrow and the McLaren of Lando Norris has looked incredibly quick. Keeping him behind will be a tough ask. The race tomorrow may be dictated by tyre degradation so we will have to be at our very best if we want to fight for victory.

We’ve been on a rollercoaster in recent months, and it has been difficult at times. Coming here to one of the temples of motorsport and locking out the front-row is a great reward for everyone at Brackley and Brixworth. So much work has been done in all areas to help get us into this position. We are not stopping here though. We have more developments to come, and everyone is continuing to push incredibly hard.

Andrew Shovlin, Trackside Engineering Director

That was a great qualifying session for the team and drivers. It's been a while since we've had both cars on the front row, and this is a testament to the hard work and determination from everyone in the team.

In FP3, it felt like we had good pace in the wet. That running was useful as there's still a chance that we'll see more rain tomorrow. We felt we were missing a bit of speed on the Soft tyre yesterday, but the overnight setup work seems to have nudged us in the right direction. The cooler conditions may also have suited our car. Turning a front row in Qualifying into a one-two for tomorrow is our objective. We're under no illusion that with Lando (Norris) and Max (Verstappen) behind us, that will be a difficult task. We've enjoyed great support from the Silverstone crowd so far this weekend and we'll do everything we can to give them something to celebrate tomorrow.

2024 British GP Qualifying Result

1

George Russell

Mercedes-AMG

1:25.819

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes-AMG

1:25.990

3

Lando Norris

McLaren

1:26.030

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:26.203

5

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

1:26.237

6

Nico Hülkenberg

Haas

1:26.338

7

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

1:26.509

8

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

1:26.585

9

Alexander Albon

Williams

1:26.640

10

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

1:26.917

11

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

1:27.097

12

Logan Sargeant

Williams

1:27.175

13

Yuki Tsunoda

Racing Bulls

1:27.269

14

Zhou Guanyu

Sauber

1:27.867

15

Daniel Ricciardo

Racing Bulls

1:27.949

16

Valtteri Bottas

Sauber

1:32.431

17

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

1:32.905

18

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

1:34.557

19

Sergio Pérez

Red Bull

1:38.348

20

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

1:39.804

2024 British GP FP3 Result

1

George Russell

Mercedes-AMG

1:37.529

23

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes-AMG

1:37.564

28

3

Lando Norris

McLaren

1:37.714

20

4

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

1:38.139

23

5

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:38.393

20

6

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

1:38.454

26

7

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

1:38.654

27

8

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

1:38.940

21

9

Sergio Pérez

Red Bull

1:39.284

18

10

Nico Hülkenberg

Haas

1:39.340

16

11

Alexander Albon

Williams

1:39.603

24

12

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

1:39.700

23

13

Logan Sargeant

Williams

1:39.702

22

14

Yuki Tsunoda

Racing Bulls

1:39.820

26

15

Valtteri Bottas

Sauber

1:40.242

22

16

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

1:40.430

25

17

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

1:40.539

21

18

Daniel Ricciardo

Racing Bulls

1:40.823

28

19

Zhou Guanyu

Sauber

1:41.785

23

20

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

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