Hamilton dedicates record pole to home fans at Silverstone

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We can not be sure but we do know that despite missing out to Mercedes for the third race in a row, Ferrari will be much happier with their plight and will pose a significant threat to Hamilton in the race.

"I definitely think it's going to be physically tougher and more intense, being that we're so close as well".

Lewis Hamilton lauded one of the finest moments of his Formula One career as he delivered a scintillating lap to put his Mercedes on pole position for the British Grand Prix.

"I was happy with second and it gives us a good chance".

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Hamilton had been behind Sebastian Vettel after his first run in Q3 and admitted that he had to pull out all the stops with his final flying lap.

"It felt like the most pressurised lap I have ever had". "I'm very, very sorry guys".

Hamilton, who is chasing a fifth successive home win, saw his lead in the Drivers Championship vanish in Austria last weekend after a series of mishaps. "I was shaking through the emotion, the adrenaline rush was way above the limit that I had experienced before". For fans, it is always more interesting when you aren't able to name the victor on a Thursday before a wheel has even been turned.

"It's my 76th but it's so special".

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With 30C sunshine forecast for Sunday's race, Raikkonen is hoping Ferrari will be able to take on Hamilton on Sunday.

Vettel's front row start at Silverstone is his first since the 2014 edition of the race - and the first time he has outqualified Kimi Raikkonen at the venue since they've been team mates.

The Red Bull pairing of Dutch 20-year-old Max Verstappen, victor in Austria last weekend, and Australian Daniel Ricciardo qualified fifth and sixth. "I was pretty happy with the first run in Q3 and I knew I had a little bit more in sector three, and bits around the track, which I think I got right on the second attempt, but I seemed to lose a little bit down the straights, I'm not sure why".

"While it was a painful experience it has brought us closer and made us stronger", he said.

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"Also the speed tomorrow is less than in qualifying because you have more fuel and you will be a bit slower so it's going to be OK".

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