The 35-year-old, who will be chasing a record seventh win at Silverstone on Sunday, will be joined on the front row by Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualifying third. The pole was the 91st of Hamilton’s career and seventh at Silverstone.
He made sure of it with a lap of one minute 24.303 seconds after Bottas led the opening two sessions on a gusty afternoon. Hamilton spun at Luffield at the start of the second phase of qualifying, without damaging his car but bringing out red flags due to the amount of gravel scattered across the track.
“Qualifying is a lot about confidence building. I was already down and was struggling through the first sector in every lap,” Hamilton told 2009 champion Jenson Button in an interview after stepping out of the car.
“I don’t know how, but with some deep breaths I managed to compose myself. Q3 (the final phase) started off the right way. The first lap wasn’t perfect, but was a really clean one. The second one was even better,” added the legendary Hamilton.