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F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Lewis Hamilton to start from second as team-mate Bottas take pole

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F1 is at Silverstone for a second week running and Lewis Hamilton will be hoping for a similar result.

The Brit showed incredible calmness in last week's British Grand Prix to win even after his tire punctured on the final lap.

Hamilton, 35, will start from second today, with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas taking pole in qualifying.

Start time: 2.10pm BST

Follow all the updates from the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix below...

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    TYRED AND EMOTIONAL

    Lewis Hamilton fears his tyres could explode during Sunday's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone.

    The world champion will start from second on the grid after Valtteri Bottas sprung a surprise by snatching pole position from his

    Hamilton said: “I have not looked at the different race scenarios with the tyres but I imagine we will have to manage them.

    “We don't want to push these things or they might explode.”

    Pirelli, Formula One's sole tyre supplier, determined that high tyre wear following a one-stop strategy led to Hamilton's puncture last Sunday. Bottas and McLaren's Carlos Sainz were also subjected to tyre failures late on.

    Pirelli have brought a softer tyre compound to the fifth round of the championship here, and it is expected that the change in rubber will make a one-stop strategy almost impossible.

  • GOOD MORNING, FORMULA ONE FANS,

    Mercedes secured yet another front row with Valtteri Bottas snatching pole from Lewis Hamilton.

    Hamilton missed the chance to make it three poles in a row in Formula 1's 70th anniversary race at Silverstone, with Bottas leaving it late to qualify first.

    Qualifying took place in tropical conditions as the track temperature soared up to 42C.

    Silverstone is hosting its second race in a row and this weekend is in honour of F1's 70th anniversary.

    Mercedes dominated last week despite both cars suffering late tyre failures and Hamilton crossed the line first to take the win.

    But this week his team-mate will be starting at the front of the gird after pipping six-time world champ Hamilton by 0.063 seconds.

    Bottas already had plenty to celebrate after signing an £8million one-year contract extension with Merc and will hope to be spraying the champagne after Sunday's race conclusion.

    Nico Hulkenberg proved to be an excellent super sub for Sergio Perez who is still out after twice testing positive for Covid-19.

    Hulkenberg claimed third on the grid after an astonishing lap for Racing Point, with Canadian team-mate Lance Stroll also faring well to secure sixth.

    Max Verstappen took fourth for Red Bull ahead of Renault's Daniel Ricciardo.

    Brit Lando Norris scraped into Q3 by the skin of his teeth and will start in tenth place.

  • LEW BEAUTY

    Lewis Hamilton admitted Valtteri Bottas did a “better job” to win pole position for F1's 70th Anniversary GP.

    “At the end of the day he did a better job at the end,” Hamilton said after qualifying second.

    “And probably also down to me just not doing a good enough job at the end. But it was relatively close, so it's not the end of the world.”

    With the more traditional gusty winds of Silverstone combining with the more atypical high temperatures on Saturday, Hamilton added: “It was actually a struggle balance-wise, it was not so easy to get it nailed. Yesterday was a much better day.

    “We have a slightly different set-up, interesting to see how it works tomorrow.”

  • STILL TO BE VETTED

    Sebastian Vettel has admitted that he has made a decision about his future.

    The four-time former World Champion said: “In a way, I’ve made my decision. Now it will show whether something sensible will come together or not.

    “It will take a few more weeks, nothing will change today. I don’t see why I have to be put under pressure.

    “If the right project comes around the corner, I believe I still have a lot to give. If that is not the case, I am not interested in just continuing just to be there. What is on the pay cheque is less important.”

  • IN GOOD NIC

    Nico Hulkenberg's role in qualifying for F1's 70th Anniversary GP has been hailed.

    Sky F1's Jenson Button said: “He didn't do any preparation for this season in terms for working with the team, also on his fitness, so to come here on his second weekend with the team and put it P3, that is an extraordinary lap.

    “And up against some true greats.

    “He was up against Max Verstappen for that P3, he was up against Daniel Ricciardo. They are both at the top of their game and he put one-and-a-half to two tenths in them.”

  • VAL-IANT EFFORT

    Mercedes secured yet another front row with Valtteri Bottas snatching pole from Lewis Hamilton.

    Hamilton missed the chance to make it three poles in a row in Formula 1's 70th anniversary race at Silverstone, with Bottas leaving it late to qualify first.

    Qualifying took place in tropical conditions as the track temperature soared up to 42C.

    Silverstone is hosting its second race in a row and this weekend is in honour of F1's 70th anniversary.

    Mercedes dominated last week despite both cars suffering late tyre failures and Hamilton crossed the line first to take the win.

    But this week his team-mate will be starting at the front of the gird after pipping six-time world champ Hamilton by 0.063 seconds.

    Bottas already had plenty to celebrate after signing an £8million one-year contract extension with Merc and will hope to be spraying the champagne after Sunday's race conclusion.

    Nico Hulkenberg proved to be an excellent super sub for Sergio Perez who is still out after twice testing positive for Covid-19.

    Hulkenberg claimed third on the grid after an astonishing lap for Racing Point, with Canadian team-mate Lance Stroll also faring well to secure sixth.

    Max Verstappen took fourth for Red Bull ahead of Renault's Daniel Ricciardo.

    Brit Lando Norris scraped into Q3 by the skin of his teeth and will start in tenth place.

  • QUALIFYING RESULTS

  • BOTTAS TAKES POLE

    Incredible stuff, he beats his teammate with a super last lap. Hamilton looked to have done enough but Bottas crosses the line 0.063 seconds in front.

    Nico Hulkenberg and astonishing third place in his Racing Point. What an incredible performance from him.

    Max Verstappen qualifies in fourth. Ricciardo fifth, Stroll sixth and Gasly in seventh.

    Leclerc is eighth, Albon in ninth and Norris completes the top 10.

  • FINAL THREE MINUTES

    And Mercedes are comfortably clear of the rest of the field.

    They have now given it a massive flex by going out on the medium tyres – not the quicker, soft compounds.

    Saving tyres for the race day, perhaps.

  • HAMILTON SETS THE BENCHMARK

    He has gone quickest with his first run. Still not as quick as his pole time from last week, but that is still over a second clear of Ricciardo, who is third.

    Bottas in second with no answer yet to his teammate's pace around this track.

  • ELIMINATED FROM Q2

    Ocon, Vettel, Sainz, Grosjean and Russell all knocked out of the top-10 shoot out.

    Next up, Q3

  • LANDO NORRIS SURVIVES…BUT VETTEL IS OUT

    Norris is though, but by the skin of his teeth, as Sebastian Vettel becomes another early casualty.

    The German is clearly going in reverse since the start of the season. Yes his Ferrari is slow but Leclerc is still getting though.

    He's qualified in 12th place. That is simply not good enough.

    “That's all this car had,” he says over the radio, implying it is simply not quick enough.

  • RUSSELL IS GOING FOR IT

    The Brit is not sitting tight in the garage. He is going for as high-a-place as possible.

    He's the only car on track and is currently 12th.

    Elsewhere, Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly both go off at the same point.

    Track about to get busy.

  • RAIKKONEN MAKES HIS FEELINGS KNOWN

    He's has his say on yet another early exit. He has had enough now: “One place, two places it doesn’t matter we’re just too f****** slow.”

  • Q2 IS GO

    Who will make it into the top 10 along with the Mercedes and the Red Bulls? Six spaces to filll.

    Will Racing Point finally show their pace?

    Verstappen is confident, he is out on the slower, but more durable, harder tyre.

  • ELIMINATED FROM Q1

    Kimi Raikkonen seems done to me. He is in last place. The 40-year-old does not seem to have the same fire to deliver.

    He is out along with teammate Giovinazzi, Latifi, Magnussen and Kvyat.

    That means George Russell is again through to Q2.

    Good stuff from the Williams man.

  • ALBON HAS TO BE CAREFUL HERE

    He needs a clean Saturday but at the moment he is in danger of being booted out at Q1. He needs this lap to count.

  • RUSSELL IS UNHAPPY WITH OCON

    The Brit blames the Frenchman for blocking him saying it was “massively dangerous” over the radio.

    The stewards have noted the incident, meaning they are aware of it and will investigate after the session.

    It has got to be said, Ocon has NOT impressed this year. This time his team did not warn him that Russell was approaching at speed.

    But still, he is hardly challenging his teammate, Daniel Ricciardo.

  • GO GO GO FOR QUALIFYING

    Can anyone stop another Mercedes front row lock out?

    I am going to call it now…..

    No. They can't.

  • MERCS TOP THE SESSION

    Not a surprise to see Hamilton and Bottas dominate proceedings here in final practice.

    It is shaping up to be another Mercedes whitewash, sadly.

    Then the two Racing Points with Hulkenberg and Stroll.

  • VERSTAPPEN NOT HAPPY WITH STROLL

    The Red Bull man was on a flying lap and was marginally held up by Stroll.

    He lets him know what he thinks of it. Plenty of expletives over the radio.

  • LAP TIMES ARE DROPPING

    But we are some way off Hamilton's pole time for last weekend's race.

    Hamilton is still the quickest man on track.

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