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Summary

  1. Hamilton on pole, Raikkonen 2nd, Vettel 3rd
  2. Equal five British GP poles with Jim Clark
  3. Bottas & Ricciardo receive five-place grid penalties
  4. Race coverage on Sunday from 11:30 BST

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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"Good Mercedes, nice Mercedes"

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Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes hasn't always been the most obedient of puppies this season, but on the long straights and fast sweeps of Silverstone, this pedigree performer shrugged off its leash, pricked back its ears and bounded to an utterly crushing pole position.

Good car.

Hamilton can also retire for the evening safe in the knowledge that no-one is going to take his 67th career pole off him after the investigation into allegedly blocking Romain Grosjean came to naught. A good day all round for the Brition.

Can he make it a perfect weekend with a fifth Silverstone victory tomorrow? All the signs suggest he can, but the race-pace of the Ferraris should not be underestimated, and the great British weather is always capable of throwing a double six.

It promises to be an enthralling race.

We'll see you with all the build up from 11:30 BST.

No further action against Hamilton

Welcome to England

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Hamilton closes on Schumacher record

Hamilton's 67th pole position takes him to the brink of tying with Michael Schumacher for the all-time record.

Schumacher claimed his 68th and final pole at the 2006 French Grand Prix.

Schumacher actually stuck an F1 car on pole again at Monaco in 2012 - his final season in the sport - but didn't actually take the start from there after a five-place grid penalty was applied, the legacy of a collision with Bruno Senna at the previous race in Spain.

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Love for Lewis

Gary Rose

BBC Sport at Silverstone

Not even having to dress like this could ruin Reece's mood after that stunning pole lap by Lewis Hamilton.

"Unbelievable", "stunning", "brilliant" are just some of the words overheard as fans head off.

If Hamilton's no-show at the London live event earlier this week annoyed any fans, it isn't evident at Silverstone today.

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HAM to RAI = 0.547s

That's the biggest P1 - P2 margin in #Quali so far this season

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HAM to RAI = 0.547s That's the biggest P1 - P2 margin in #Quali so far this season #Quali #BritishGP 🇬🇧 #F1

Hamilton equals British GP pole record

Jim Clark
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That mighty effort gave Lewis Hamilton his fifth British Grand Prix pole position, equalling the 50-year-old record held by fellow Briton Jim Clark.

Sebastian Vettel, P3: "The car really came alive this morning, that was really good. It's a shame, the last run in Q3 I think there was a bit more."

Sebastian Vettel
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Hamilton under investigation

In all the excitement I missed that an incident of apparent blocking involving Hamilton and Haas's Romain Grosjean is being investigated by the stewards.

I'll bring you more on that as I get it.

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Kimi Raikkonen, P2: "It felt OK, conditions were not easy, changing a lot, but the car we had was the best it has been this weekend. Not quite fast enough for first place."

'I like it tricky'

Hamilton parks his car on the start-finish line and is immediately pounced on by Jenson Button and David Coulthard for an interview.

"I like it to be dry but I like it to be tricky. Typical English conditions. I felt very comfortable in those conditions. "these are the conditions we grew up racing in."

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Lewis Hamilton
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We have just witnessed something very very special. The peaks that Lewis has are higher than any other driver out there.

Q3 result

1 Hamilton; 2 Raikkonen; 3 Vettel; 4 Bottas; 5 Verstappen; 6 Hulkenberg; 7 Perez; 8 Ocon; 9 Vandoorne; 10 Grosjean

Jack Nicholls

Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

An incredible time by Lewis Hamilton. he is half a second quicker than anybody else. He will start on pole position. The crowd here at Silverstone are on their feet.

A 1:26.600 by Hamilton. That was immense and he's on pole position.

The small matter of half a second clear of second-placed Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari and a full SEVEN TENTHS up on title rival Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Now that was a statement of intent.

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Hamilton is half a second up on his previous best. This is going to be huge!

Hamilton gains two tenths on the first sector over Bottas after that error,.

Vandoorne goes into ninth and Perez improves to sixth.

Chequered flag

Bottas has a big lock up on his fast lap.

Pole will not be his!

This is Hamilton's to lose.

Bottas heads out and Hamilton follows him.

Final word will go to the Briton.

Ocon blinks first on the final runs.

The Force India man is in P8 as it stands.

Team-mate Perez and McLaren's Vandoorne follow him out.

Force India"s French driver Esteban Ocon
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Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Red Bull
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What Silverstone has become this year - to those of you who are technically minded - is the cars are three seconds a lap faster than last year as the corners have been straightened out and become a more power sensitive track. That hurts Red Bull and helps the Mercedes and Ferrari cars.

So, first hot laps done.

The order is 1 Hamilton, 2 Vettel, 3 Bottas, 4 Raikkonen, 5 Verstappen, 6 Hulkenberg, 7 Perez, 8 Ocon, 9 Grosjean, 10 Vandoorne

Max Verstappen - Red Bull's sole driver in this session - completes his first hot lap and slots into fifth place, over a second slower than Hamilton.

Verstappen sparks
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Vettel splits the Mercs

P2 for Vettel - he goes two tenths slower than Hamilton's provisional pole time.

Sebastian Vettel
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A 1:27.580 for Bottas is the first time on the board, but Hamilton blasts through seconds later and goes quicker by three tenths of a second.

Perez and Ocon in the Force Indias then set their times - two seconds off the pace of the Mercedes. Ouch.

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Bottas and Hamilton are on track and will be setting the benchmark times any moment....

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

This is the moment the drivers love. These are the fastest laps we are going to see at Silverstone this weekend and the drivers love it as much as we do.

A reminder of your protagonists in this session:

Hamilton, Bottas, Vettel, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, Verstappen, Ocon, Perez, Grosjean, Vandoorne

Bottas will take a five-place grid penalty, don't forget, so pole is likely to come down to a straight fight between Hamilton and Vettel.

Go! Go! Go!

The top-10 shootout is under way.

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No such heroics for Fernando in Q2, but Vandoorne quietly goes into Q3. Great to see both Force India through as well #BritishGP #bbcf1

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

The standout from that session for me was Stoffel Vandoorne, who went 10th fastest. He was quicker than McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso - the first time this year that has happened. It's a great confidence boost for Vandoorne and to put one over on Alonso will be good for his end-of-year CV.

Gary Rose

BBC Sport at Silverstone

It has taken a while but I've bumped into a colourful group of characters at Silverstone. These chaps are apparently dressed up as dead popstars. Got to be a stag do?

"No we just fancied it," said one of their group.

"What did you think of Alonso's Q1 lap," I asked.

"What did he do?" was the response.

It is fair to say the beers were flowing.

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