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Lewis Hamilton on pole for home British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took shaft position for his home British Grand Prix for the third year in succession on Saturday with a breathtaking lap that left him one stage far from Michael Schumacher's Formula One record. 

Hamilton's title driving Ferrari match Sebastian Vettel, who has a 20-point advantage after nine of 20 races, qualified third. 

The Mercedes driver was a large portion of a moment snappier than Ferrari's second put Kimi Raikkonen and his season of one moment 26.600 seconds was so unbelievably fast there were heaves before the group ejected. 

"I generally attempt to leave the best to last," the Briton told resigned champion Jenson Button in post-qualifying interviews on the matrix. 

"I needed to ensure I got that lap in. I couldn't do it a weekend ago (in Austria) so I ensured I could here." 

Hamilton still confronted an apprehensive hold up after race stewards reported they were researching an episode including French driver Romain Grosjean, who griped he had been blocked before in the session. 

They quickly chosen to make no further move. 

The Briton's authority of a clammy yet becoming track lit scarce a cloudy evening and the post was the 67th of his profession, 6th of the season, and gave him each possibility of equalling Schumacher's record 68 preceding the August break. 

The triple best on the planet has won the last three British Grands Prix and can square with the late Jim Clark's accomplishment of four home wins consecutively, and five altogether, on Sunday. 

Saturday guaranteed he has effectively coordinated Clark's 50-year-old record of five British Grand Prix post positions. 

"I feel stunning before an extraordinary group this way. I trust you enjoyed the lap," Hamilton told the grandstands loaded with cheering fans. 

"I by and large like it to be dry however I like it when the conditions are dubious." 

Hamilton's Finnish colleague Valtteri Bottas, champ in Austria, was fourth quickest however has a five-put punishment following a gearbox change. 

That advanced Red Bull's Dutch adolescent Max Verstappen, who has endured five retirements in the last seven races, to the second column. 

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and his previous Force India colleague Sergio Perez filled the third column. 

There was uplifting news for ambushed McLaren, who raised a cheer when Fernando Alonso took advantage of enhancing conditions to set the speediest time in the principal period of qualifying, with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne qualifying ninth. 

That was the first occasion when he had outqualified Alonso, who has a 30-put framework punishment, and will climb a place because of Bottas' drop. 

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, a champ in Azerbaijan in June, will join Alonso at the back after a gearbox punishment taken after by the auto stopping on track in the principal eliminate and bringing the warnings.

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