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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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  1. "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.

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  3. No further action against Hamilton

  4. Welcome to England

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  9. Hamilton equals British GP pole record

    Jim Clark

    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.

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    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
  12. 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.

    Lewis Hamilton
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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."

  15. '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."

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    Tom Clarkson

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    Lewis Hamilton

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

  17. Q3 result

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

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    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.

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    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.

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