Bottas silences Hamilton and Sainz stays far away

Six thousandths gave the Finn the advantage over Lewis in a pole position on the limit, because Leclerc was 0.079. Bad day for the Madrid, who will be 13th.

No rain came, neither did Ferrari. Charles Leclerc grew up in the Silverstone classification and was the reference until the Q3 placed everyone in his place: an unbeatable return of the Monegasque 21 years, squeezing the most of his SF90, barely enough to leave him 79 thousandths of the prize more big. "I gave it my all, the lap was good and I'm happy, it just is not enough," he told his track engineer. Without this time there were no windmills, but giants, because the Mercedes are very strong in one of the most demanding circuits for a single-seater. And this time the British Sir and his squire did not appear: Bottas was the one from Australia and he signed a pole of carat with six thousandths of an advantage over Hamilton, injured at home. Nobody has left more times since the first place than him in this 2019.

There was excitement, it can not be ignored, because the asphalt made suffer with temperatures near 30ºC, much lower than usual, and with tar to be released this weekend. You had to dare to find the limits under the risk of failing in the narrow loopholes bathed in gravel, and there spotted Verstappen, fourth, who can meet again with Leclerc in the first corner of the British layout, although this time it seems that they fight for another thing. After him, a good Gasly, fifth, and a bad Vettel, sixth, unable to find the sensations to fly. Ricciardo, another who has fun when you have to put the knife between the teeth, will start sixth, first in the middle area in front of a good Lando Norris and a surprising Alex Albon, who took the Toro Rosso to unsuspected levels. Hulkenberg completes the top-10.

This time it was bad for Carlos Sainz, without a good lap in his last attempt that prevented him from being eliminated in Q2 when his first time had placed him ninth. By two tenths, his teammate went loose while he finished 13th, although throughout the weekend have lacked hundredths of safety, especially compared to the aerodynamic 'kit' that Lando rode since Friday morning and that has given good results . The two Alfa Romeo overtook him, with Giovinazzi better than Raikkonen, and behind he left Grosjean.

Although the first hero of the day was Sergio Pérez overcoming the threshold of Q1 against all odds with a Racing Point without a miserable evolution from Barcelona. He left out at the last minute an incompetent Magnussen, fifth fastest two weeks ago, and before that Kvyat, Stroll and the two Williamses had fallen. The Mexican will start 15th when his saddle car deserves to do it in the penultimate position. The asphalt of Silverstone was for the brave. The race (15:10 hours, Movistar F1), with a 30% risk of rain according to the forecasts, also.

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