Vettel: Hamilton's pole pace out of reach

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Bottas is third in the F1 standings right now. I'm impressed by the new cars on this track with its high-speed corners.

Ricciardo had a spin out of the last corner, Sauber's Marcus Ericsson lost the auto on the bump on the entry into Vale and Hamilton ran wide in the new stadium section.

Vettel faced an investigation from the FIA, Formula One's governing body, earlier this month after he deliberately drove into Hamilton at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Hamilton chose to skip the event as he wanted to take two days off to help him regain his focus and get back to winning ways at his home Grand Prix.

"I was coming around to start my lap, Valtteri [Bottas] was up ahead, so I was, as we all do, trying to get the space".

But for now, if Hamilton can enjoy more home comforts, it will provide a significant boost to his hopes of a fourth world title.

The stewards looked into it and cleared Hamilton of any wrongdoing. A loose headrest cost him an nearly certain win in Baku.

The Finn, victor of the last race in Austria, lapped the 5.8-kilometer long Silverstone circuit in one minute 28.496 seconds. "We had a bit of time on track to try to give the fans what they wanted to see".

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"Our target will be to let him fight back in the best possible way in Silverstone".

Hamilton has won the British Grand Prix four times. Mercedes' run of success at Silverstone extends even longer to 2013 but both Hamilton and the German marque are likely to have their work cut out this weekend to keep their respective winning streaks going.

Lewis Hamilton is on pole for the British Grand Prix after flying round Silverstone more than half a second quicker than his rivals.

It was also a day of mixed fortunes for McLaren's Fernando Alonso. "At the moment we're battling Ferrari and not Mercedes", said Ricciardo, who has been on podium for five races in a row.

"Not quite fast enough for first place".

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will face a challenge to extend his streak of podium finishes after suffering a loss of power on his auto early in Q1, resigning him to last place, with his misery only compounded by a grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Drivers can expect a cloudy, breezy day for the big race with a small chance of patchy drizzle, but some lengthy dry spells.

Silverstone's owners, the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC), triggered a break clause in their contract on Tuesday that threw the future of the country's Formula One race into doubt.

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