Valtteri Bottas beat Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the British Grand Prix by six thousandths of a second.

Bottas set the pace on the first runs in Q3 at Silverstone, although Hamilton’s time was compromised by the rear stepping out at Brooklands, which meant he ran wide at the exit of the corner.

Although Bottas was unable to improve on his second run in Q3, Hamilton fell just short of grabbing pole position having not been able to match his first-sector pace from the first run.

Ferrari driver Charles Lerclerc was third-fastest, within a tenth of Bottas, and a tenth of a second clear of the lead Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

Leclerc looked a threat for pole position, but lost time to the Mercedes drivers in the final sector.

Pierre Gasly was fifth-fastest after a strong run during practice, although was 0.314s slower than Verstappen, while Sebastian Vettel was sixth after a difficult run in Q3 in the second Ferrari, lapping six tenths off pole position.  

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was seventh-fastest ahead of the McLaren of Lando Norris.

Alex Albon did well to reach Q3 in the Toro Rosso and ended up qualifying ninth, lapping 0.041s quicker than the second Renault of Nico Hulkenberg.

The Mercedes and Red Bull drivers will start the race on medium-compound Pirellis thanks to using that tyre to set their Q2 times, with the rest of the top 10 qualifiers using softs.

Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi was quickest of those eliminated in Q2 after being bumped by Vettel at the end of the session.

Giovinazzi was 0.027s of a second quicker than teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who ended up 12th ahead of McLaren driver Carlos Sainz, who failed to improve on his second Q2 run.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean was 14th-fastest ahead of the Racing Point of Sergio Perez, who also failed to improve on his second runs.

Kevin Magnussen was eliminated in Q1 and ended up 16th overall after being jumped by Perez, who was last driver to improve their time in the first segment of qualifying and outpaced the Haas driver by 0.013s.

Magnussen ran through the gravel at the Luffield right-hander on his final lap while “trying to make up for something that wasn’t there”, so was unable to improve on his first-run time.

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat failed to improve his time on his second set of softs, so ended up 17th after what he described over the radio as a “poor” lap on his final attempt.

Racing Point’s Lance Stroll was eliminated in Q1 for the 10th time in 2019 after running wide at the exit of Stowe and Club on his final lap and losing time.

George Russell won the intra-Williams battle for 19th place, lapping almost half-a-second faster than teammate Robert Kubica.

Cla # Driver Chassis Engine Time Gap km/h
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas  Mercedes Mercedes 1'25.093   249.228
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 1'25.099 0.006 249.210
3 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc  Ferrari Ferrari 1'25.172 0.079 248.997
4 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen  Red Bull Honda 1'25.276 0.183 248.693
5 10 France Pierre Gasly  Red Bull Honda 1'25.590 0.497 247.781
6 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 1'25.787 0.694 247.212
7 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo  Renault Renault 1'26.182 1.089 246.079
8 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris  McLaren Renault 1'26.224 1.131 245.959
9 23 Thailand Alex Albon  Toro Rosso Honda 1'26.345 1.252 245.614
10 27 Germany Nico Hulkenberg  Renault Renault 1'26.386 1.293 245.498
11 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi  Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1'26.519 1.426 245.120
12 7 Finland Kimi Raikkonen  Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1'26.546 1.453 245.044
13 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.  McLaren Renault 1'26.578 1.485 244.953
14 8 France Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 1'26.757 1.664 244.448
15 11 Mexico Sergio Perez  Racing Point Mercedes 1'26.928 1.835 243.967
16 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen  Haas Ferrari 1'26.662 1.569 244.716
17 26 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat  Toro Rosso Honda 1'26.721 1.628 244.549
18 18 Canada Lance Stroll  Racing Point Mercedes 1'26.762 1.669 244.434
19 63 United Kingdom George Russell  Williams Mercedes 1'27.789 2.696 241.574
20 88 Poland Robert Kubica  Williams Mercedes 1'28.257 3.164 240.293