Hamilton has won four of the last five British Grands Prix and is chasing a fifth successive pole position in front of what is likely to be a record crowd and well in excess of 140,000 on Sunday.
In a season of often mundane racing, the one time Lewis Hamilton can hope to grab the attention of home Formula One fans is the British Grand Prix. Although he qualified on pole, he was spun around on the opening lap and had to settle for second behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.
Verstappen could be heard over team radio asking how there was not greater damage to his auto and afterwards expressed his amazement at being able to make it to the chequered flag.
By lap 10, the lead was three-tenths, Hamilton oozing confidence could not pass Bottas slithering to protect his lead. "So we still have got a bit of work to do". But we are very happy with the qualifying performance, very close to Mercedes.
Past form certainly favours Mercedes.
But on lap 17, Bottas came in for a new set of mediums and Hamilton inherited the lead ahead of Vettel, the pair delaying their stops as long as possible. The Monegasque and Vettel will differ from the other leading drivers at Silverstone by starting on softs.
The four-times world champion, and last year's race victor at Silverstone, will line up a row behind Monegasque team mate Charles Leclerc, in third, and with both the Red Bulls also ahead of him. They continue to look unstoppable, but Red Bull are coming on strong and surely Leclerc has to win one soon.
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Viviani has five Giro d'Italia and three Vuelta a Espana stage wins to his name, but he has been made to wait for one in Le Tour. The breakaway riders swapped turns efficiently until Wellens attacked with 48km to go before the climb of Nanteuil-la-Forêt.
"In Q2 we were quite good, but then in Q3 I think Mercedes turned up a little bit the engines". "So I think it's fair and honest to say that we don't know at this point".
"I struggled to feel the vehicle today and just couldn't get on top of it". Everyone was making small mistakes here and there, but the lap was good enough and I'm really, really pleased.
"Austria exposed the biggest vulnerability of our vehicle and it meant we couldn't challenge for the win at any point of the weekend", the Austrian said.
Building towards the Silverstone weekend, confusion reigned across social media as Haas F1's title sponsor Rich Energy announced via Twitter that they were prematurely cutting ties with the team. The whole weekend's been pretty nice so far.
Hamilton enjoys remarkable support at Silverstone. Gasly finished seventh and lapped by his team mate in Austria and is under-pressure to perform.
George Russell comfortably beat teammate Robert Kubica in the Williams intra-team battle for the back row to complete the grid.
"We struggled to squeeze out everything from the tyres, from the auto".