George Russell hatches Silverstone plan as Lewis Hamilton warns Mercedes teammate

George Russell hatches Silverstone plan as Lewis Hamilton warns Mercedes teammate
George Russell hatches Silverstone plan as Lewis Hamilton warns Mercedes teammate

Lando Norris was beaten to pole position by both Mercedes drivers for the British Grand Prix, while George Russell outpaced Lewis Hamilton to take the honour of starting at the front at Silverstone.

George Russell was delighted after qualifying on pole((Getty Images)

“Race to win.”

The three words from George Russell that showed how much he wanted to give the Silverstone fans a home win today.

On a drying track he took pole position from Lewis Hamilton, who will start on the front row for the first time at his home race this year. And Lando Norris made sure the first three grid positions were filled by Britons, sending the Silverstone crowd wild. They were all better than Max Verstappen, who suffered floor damage early in the session and had to settle for fourth.

“This is one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” beamed a delighted Russell. “The car was just crazy – it really came alive. When I crossed the finish line and saw my name P1, and then saw we were both on the front row… we didn’t even dare to dream that after the first three or four races.”

Russell won for the second time in his F1 career in Austria last Sunday and is now dreaming of back-to-back victories. But he knows he may need more rain to hold off the backmarkers, adding: “We’ve got a good fight on our hands and the weather is going to play a big part in that.

“The last few days it has rained and dried. We are now riding this wave, but that doesn’t mean anything because tomorrow the points will be scored. But we are clearly in a great position to fight for the win.”

The summer rain has made it difficult for teams to gauge how fast their race pace will be at this circuit. But Hamilton’s prowess in the wet is legendary and the seven-time F1 champion would be happy to see more rain clouds today. And he warned team-mate Russell that he will be a force to be reckoned with, as he admitted he had set up his Mercedes with the main event in mind.

He said: “I was careful with my set-up, I thought about having a good balance in the race, rather than just for one lap. I think the car will be good tomorrow. When it’s wet, those are the conditions I feel most comfortable in.”

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