Number 44 is one more year ahead of everyone else at Silverstone: 2020 edition with empty grandstands didn’t hold back the British driver in delivering one of his stunning performances.
Lewis smashes the track record and takes provisional pole!! 👊 A super 1:24:616!— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) August 1, 2020
The next 5 minutes should be MEGA!! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/TwO8XD1Jdv
1st, 2nd and pole position: here the track record of one of the perfect Saturdays that Lewis has experienced inside Brackley. A spin out in Q2 didn’t compromise the performance in the final shootout: indeed, it proved the commitment lavished for keeping P1 (for the seventh time in UK):
"Ultimately, we have seen a big gap between us and the third place, but it doesn’t matter: at the end of the day Valtteri is pushing me to the limit. A fantastic job in the weekend, we made some changes for qualifying and they were worth it.
"I had this inconsistency with the balance of the car, I was struggling. I got into Q2 and had that big snap and spin, which is my first spin in some time"
"Usually the atmosphere is buzzing: this year there’s a different energy and I just want to say thank you to the team that are working away from here"
Teammate Valtteri Bottas tried to reach the front-end slot for Sunday’s race: after having topped the first position on timesheets both in Q1 and Q2, he had to bow on to his team’s king for what it seems the trend of the season. 3/10 of a second held him back in the second slot:
"It was a pretty good qualifying until Q3, quite comfortable with the car. By the time I entered in Q3 I started struggling with the rear a bit more, I really don’t know how Lewis found more than me but he deserves the pole. Our long run is delivering good this weekend: everything is still open for tomorrow as Lewis managed the win from P2 last year"