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British Grand Prix 2013: Lewis Hamilton snatches pole on home soil

British Grand Prix 2013: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton grabs pole in front of the home crowd at Silverstone

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Lewis Hamilton will start from pole on SundayPhoto: Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton grabbed pole for the British Grand Prix in a sensational lap in the last seconds of qualifying to become the first home driver to front the grid at Silverstone in six years.

The Brit edged out Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by four tenths of a second with a lap time of 1.26.6 minutes, as they locked out the front row.

World champion Sebastian Vettel secured third, while his team-mate Mark Webber will start his last-ever British Grand Prix from fourth place.

But there was disappointment for home crowd favourite Jenson Button, as he narrowly missed out on a place in Q3, only managing 11th place.

Fellow home driver Paul di Resta secured fifth place – his best performance at a British Grand Prix qualifying session.

It was a miserable qualifying session for Ferrari with only Alonso making it through to Q3, eventually qualifying in tenth spot, while Massa only managed 12th.

Both Ferrari drivers struggled throughout as they scraped through Q1 narrowly avoiding elimination in 14th and 15th.

The usual suspects found themselves eliminated from Q1 – Brit Max Chilton qualifying in last place at his first home Grand Prix.

Although, the Marussia driver will start from 21st after Caterham’s Giedo Van der Garde carries a five-place grid penalty from his clash with Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg in Canada.

British Grand Prix 2013: Qualifying times

1. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 29.607s

2. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 30.059s

3. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 30.211s

4. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 30.220s

5. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 30.736s

6. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 30.757s

7. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 30.908s

8. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1m 30.955s

9. Kimi Räikkönen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 30.962s

10. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 30.979s

11. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 31.649s

12. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 31.779s

13. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 31.785s

14. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes 1m 32.082s

15. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari 1m 32.211s

16. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault 1m 32.359s

17. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault 1m 32.664s

18. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 32.666s

19. Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault 1m 33.866s

20. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Cosworth 1m 34.108s

21. Giedo van der Garde Holland Caterham-Renault 1m 35.481s*

22. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Cosworth 1m 35.858s

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