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Summary

  1. Hamilton on pole, Rosberg 2nd, Massa 3rd, Bottas 4th
  2. Raikkonen 5th, Vettel 6th, Kvyat 7th, Sainz 8th, Hulkenberg 9th Ricciardo 10th
  3. Raikkonen top in Q1, Rosberg in Q2
  4. Hamilton only 3rd in Q2 and 4th in Q1
  5. Both McLarens out in Q1, Lotuses & Verstappen out in Q2

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

Righty-ho, you can stick a fork in this F1 live text because we are done. Be sure to peruse Andrew Benson's qualifying report,

which is now up on the site.

We'll back with you tomorrow at 11:00 BST for all the build-up to the ninth round of the season, where championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start from his 46th career pole bidding for a third British Grand Prix win.

And as we go our separate ways on this Saturday afternoon I feel obliged to impart one last nugget of wisdom, one you would all do well to remember:

You'll never be as cool as Eddie Jordan.

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Best Silverstone quali for Williams in 13 years

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Felipe Massa's third place on the grid is Williams' best qualifying performance at Silverstone since Juan-Pablo Montoya took pole in 2002.

That race in 2002 was also the last time both Williams made the top four of the British GP grid, with Ralf Schumacher on row two.

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Max Baggins-Craig: Real shame for Button & McLaren, it's goin to be a very long journey, but hopefully not too long... ‏

Jeremiah Kariuki: ‏Lewis knows when to make the lap count! The first Lap of Q3 was all what mattered and it won the Pole for him.

Mercedes match 22-year-old pole record

With Hamilton's lap today, Mercedes have become only the second constructor in Formula 1 history to take 20 consecutive poles.

Williams are the only other team to achieve the feat, in 1992-93.

The Williams team went on to achieve 24 poles in a row (France 1992 through Japan 1993).

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Massa delighted with third on grid

Felipe Massa, P3: "It was a fantastic day for us. It is amazing to see how many people here, it is the home grand prix for the team and it is great to see.

"Me and Valtteri were third and fourth fighting each other, especially in Q3, and I just managed to get a fantastic lap in the end.

"I'm so happy, really looking forward to tomorrow. Hopefully we can have a strong race and fight with the Ferrari. It is important to see we are in front with both cars we just need to concentrate on tomorrow now."

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Rosberg annoyed to miss top spot

Nico Rosberg, P2: "Well first of all the first lap was really good, Lewis was just one tenth quicker which is annoying but way it is.

"It is awesome to see how many people and here. It's great to see how enthusiastic everyone is about our sport. No one improved in that last run apart from Felipe. There was something wrong on my left front, we need to look at what it was."

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Hamilton 'incredibly happy' with pole

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Lewis Hamilton, P1: "It's a special day. When you see all those fans out there, so many people they really do motivate me.

"It is special when you do get the pole. Generally it has not been the smoothest of weekends. I made a change in the car before qualifying which hopefully will be good for the race. Once I got to Q3 I could go all out, and I am incredibly happy. Big thank you to everyone for the support.

"It's the banners, the flags, the team caps, the messages that get sent every day. I was replying to some just before qualifying they just create the atmosphere that buzz. You know those guys are there right behind you and I hope the energy they give can help us tomorrow."

Hamilton delivers when it matters - Wolff

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff on Hamilton's pole: "It's great he is on pole, he deserved it. The wind is pretty strong and gusty that was a bit of a messy situation for everybody.

"Until this morning it was Nico who was more at ease but, as you can see in all the other races, Lewis responds when it matters."

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Edward Williamson: As much as Kimi has done a good job today to try and silence his critics, I'd still rather see Hulkenberg in that Ferrari.

Liam Whitehouse: Great position for Lewis. Hopefully this is the turn around for Williams as well.

Tracy: I'm betting on Massa to win. Well deserved for team and driver if it comes true.

Qualifying standings: 11-20

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Quick stat attack

That pole position is Lewis Hamilton's third at the British Grand Prix, but more importantly takes him to third outright on the list of all time pole-position winners.

He now has 46, moving him one ahead of Sebastian Vettel, and behind only Ayrton Senna (65) and Michael Schumacher (68).

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Mercedes team radio

Rosberg lost his pole
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Nico Rosberg: "No grip on the left front - very strange."

Eddie Jordan

BBC F1 chief analyst

"I am really quite surprised Lewis looked out of sorts, locking up, on edge of bite lines - well done to him he dragged that round himself."

Ferraris must settle for third row

Ferrari feared they would be unable to challenge the Mercedes this weekend but I don't think they envisaged being out-qualified by both Williams cars, but that is exactly what happened.

Kimi Raikkonen will start fifth, 1.1secs shy of Hamilton's time, with team-mate Sebastian Vettel a tenth further back.

Kvyat, Sainz, Hulkenberg and Ricciardo round out the top 10.

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BBC F1 commentator

"Just listen to that response from the crowd. He's done it again. That's what they came to see Lewis Hamilton has delivered."

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Rosberg can't do it on final lap

Hamilton actually aborted his final lap there, so all attention switched to Rosberg.

However, the writing was on the wall when the German failed to improve on his previous best time in the middle sector, and crossed the line unable to better his earlier effort of 1:32.361.

Pole instead goes to Hamilton - his third at Silverstone - with that initial 1:32.248.

The big winner in those final runs was Felipe Massa of Williams, who claimed third in a time of 1:33.085 while team-mate Valtteri Bottas could not improve.

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LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES POLE POSITION FOR THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX

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Rosberg up on final lap

He's two tenths up on his team-mate.

Hamilton has lost time in the middle sector.

All eyes on Rosberg

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The order across the line...

Should be Hulkenberg, Bottas, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Massa, Vettel, Rosberg, Kvyat and Sainz.

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"I'm buzzing inside. A windy Silverstone is one of the best tracks in the world.

"It's so close. Either of them making a small mistake could result in them losing the pole position."

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Standings ahead of final runs

1 Hamilton, 2 Rosberg, 3 Bottas, 4 Massa, 5 Raikkonen, 6 Vettel, 7 Kvyat, 8 Sainz, 9 Ricciardo, 10 Hulkenberg

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Ferraris well off pace

Those first fast laps rather underlined the dominance of Mercedes this weekend.

While there's little between Hamilton and Rosbeg, there was then a gap of nine tenths to Bottas in third for Williams, with his team-mate Massa in fourth.

The Ferraris, meanwhile, are fifth and sixth, Raikkonen 1.1secs off Hamilton and Vettel 1.2.

Ouch.

All 10 drivers are out

Ricciardo sets the first time on a 1:33.9, which is immediately beaten by Raikkonen and then Bottas.

The Mercedes boys then come steaming through, Hamilton first on a 1:32.248, with Rosberg next, a tenth back.

Belgium and Monza will be worse - Alonso

Fernando Alonso talking to BBC Sport about McLaren's Q1 elimination: "DRS problem this morning and we found a solution and we could run in qualifying that was positive. I think we struck the maximum, a couple of tenth in front of Jenson.

"Belgium will be worse, Monza worse, it sounds strange but this is the best qualifying for the season for us."

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Speed trap readings

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Get involved - Verstappen out in Q2 #bbcf1

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Chris Jones: Verstappen sounding like Kevin the Teenager.

David Aust: Can someone tell Max Verstappen to stop moaning and concentrate on driving the car?

James Thomas: Sainz beats Verstappen again. Will people PLEASE start giving the guy some credit.

Green light

The top-10 shoot-out for the British Grand Prix is under way.

Lotus team radio

Romain Grosjean: "The previous run was oversteer, this run was understeer. Strange."

Get involved - lots of love for Stevens #bbcf1

James Goodall: Think Will Stevens can go far given the chance. Do hope Manor keep improving.

Daniel: Nice to see Stevens getting some airtime.

Ben Webb: Good run Will, and to me you guys look every bit as fast and committed as the rest! You will get to the front!

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Q2 round-up

IN: Rosberg, Bottas, Hamilton, Kvyat, Vettel, Hulkenberg, Massa, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Sainz.

Toro Rosso team radio

Max Verstappen: "I dont know what's going on, it's just so bad compared to the practice. I don't feel one corner the same. Just no grip."

Q2 round-up

OUT: Perez, Grosjean, Verstappen, Maldonado, Ericsson.

Raikkonen through... for now

A 1:33.9 has Raikkonen through for now but there are more cars to come through and he's only in ninth.

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Danger-zone dwellers

Your five heading out at present are Grosjean, Verstappen, Raikkonen, Ericsson, Maldonado

Raikkonen loses lap

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Raikkonen briefly went eight but he loses the time for running out of the track limits at Copse.

He's back in the drop zone...

Raikkonen really doesn't need another early elimination.

Toro Rosso team radio

Max Verstappen: "I can't do anything."

The handling and traction of that car has seemingly gone away from the Dutchman this afternoon despite finishing a strong third in FP2 yesterday.