HOME SWEET HOME Lewis Hamilton takes pole at Silverstone with Bottas second as Mercedes dominate again

LEWIS HAMILTON will start his British Grand Prix title defence from pole position after blitzing the rest of the grid. The 35-year-old recovered from a spin to set the fastest ever lap at Silverstone – obliterating the track record in the process. “It still wasn’t perfect but still a really clean lap, and the second one even better. Hamilton’s lap time was 1m24.303 – a full one-second ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who headed up the best of the rest in third behind Valtteri Bottas. Verstappen said: “You could see early in qualifying that Mercedes were way too fast.

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