- Mercedes driver on pole for 91st time in career
- Bottas second on the grid, with Verstappen third
For Lewis Hamilton, the singularly unfamiliar atmosphere for qualifying here mattered not a jot. His performance in taking pole position for Sunday’s British Grand Prix bore all the hallmarks of a driver in the form of his life, soaring around one of his favourite circuits, albeit one empty of fans.
In doing so he and Mercedes laid bare the yawning chasm that lies between them and the rest of the field this season.