F1: British Grand Prix qualifying - as it happened

Live text and video highlights of qualifying for the British Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton is on pole position.

29 June 2013 Last updated at 16:49

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As it happened

  1. 1610: 

    Well a cracking day for Britain so far, Lewis Hamilton claims pole position at the British Grand Prix, Laura Robson progresses at Wimbledon and later, British rockers Rolling Stones make their Glastonbury debut. You can watch one hour of the historic performance on BBC television and online this evening. That is it from me, but I'll be back for coverage of the race from Silverstone at 1100 BST on Sunday where, in the words of the legendary Stones, Hamilton will be hoping to bring the home crowd 'Satisfaction'. Until then, goodbye.

  2. 1602: 
    British Grand Prix

    A reminder that the British Grand Prix and Wimbledon are live across the BBC this weekend, along with live coverage from Glastonbury.

    If you have not seen it already, watch our video of the 'The sounds of a Great British summer' on the BBC Sport website as celebrities from across the BBC reveal what their favourite sound of summer is.

  3. 1557: 

    The day has just become even better for Mercedes as the team's British reserve driver Sam Bird wins the British GP2 race at Silverstone. Can Lewis Hamilton keep the flag flying for Mercedes and Britain in Sunday's Formula 1 race?

  4. 1550: 

    Mark Webber, who will race in his last British Grand Prix on Sunday, qualified fourth and this is what he had to say: "We were up against it to get on the front row against the Mercs, they're on another level as they have been for the last few events. We have a good balance for qualifying and race pace in terms of where we prioritised things. It should be an interesting race, we can get a good result from where we are."


    BBC F1 presenter Suzi Perry: Laura Robson... Wahhh! #Wimbledon13 what a day of sport!! #bbcf1 #motogp.

    Tell us using #bestseat which sporting event and band/singer at Glastonbury that you are most excited about watching on the BBC this weekend.

  6. 1540: 

    Lewis Hamilton is not the only British sportsperson who is earning their spurs this weekend. Cal Crutchlow, the first British rider in 11 years to start on pole in MotoGP, finished third in Assen while Laura Robson is currently beating Marina Erakovic over at Wimbledon. You can watch that match on BBC One right now and follow online via live text commentary.


    Sadiq Ibrahim: Nice to see Mercedes lock out the front row of the grid, but only if Rosberg can slow the Red Bulls down to give Lewis Hamilton the gap to win.

  8. 1532: 

    In the wider picture, Fernando Alonso, who qualified 10th, knows he has all to do to keep his world championship hopes alive. He needs to score good points at Silverstone to avoid reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel from significantly increasing his lead further at the top of the standings. Vettel leads Alonso by 36 points.

    "Not a good day, 10th and 12th [For Felipe Massa] are not the results we want," Alonso says. "Obviously we can only improve tomorrow, we must do it. Points are given tomorrow."

  9. 1527: 
    Paul Di Resta

    Great performance from Paul Di Resta, with fifth his equal best qualifying performance. The Scot will be particularly delighted to have achieved that on a Silverstone circuit that has not been particularly kind to him in his Formula 1 career to date. On his debut in 2011 he qualified an impressive 11th but, after a bit of a tangle in the race, he ultimately finished 15th. Last year was simply a race to forget as he had to retire midway through after damaging the floor of his car.

    "I think I will sleep quite well tonight," he says. "A lot of work to be done but a great result for the boys on home soil. The stands were full, the sun finally came out to play and hopefully we can score some good points tomorrow."


    Ashley Wilkinson: What was it Jenson Button said about Lewis Hamilton? "His pace will shock you"? Too right, JB! Great day for Paul Di Resta too.

  11. 1512: 

    Bit more from Nico Rosberg, who qualified second: "I've got mixed emotions as I would love to have finished ahead of my team-mate. But it's a great feeling to go into the race with such a good car. Handling hasn't been the best but the car has been very quick. As a team we are doing a great job. We are making progress with our tyre management but know that some other teams are maybe better. I hope that eventually we can do races as quickly as we have been doing qualifying."


    Bibhash Dash: Wow! Just switched on to social media world for the day to find Lewis Hamilton on pole in Silverstone can't remember last time that happened.

    I can help you out there, six years ago by the man himself in his rookie season.

  13. 1504: 

    Four-times British Grand Prix winner Nigel Mansell: Great qualifying super job from Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Red Bull pushing hard, keeping them honest, good job Seb Vettel and Mark Webber. Looking forward to race.

  14. 1459: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    We are still sweeping up reaction to today's qualifying on here, but the qualifying report by our chief F1 writer Andrew Benson is up on the BBC Sport website. Have a read to see how Lewis Hamilton claimed a stunning pole.

  15. 1454: 

    "Was the crowd loud," says Lewis Hamilton, feigning ignorance. "The support has been incredible. Big thank you - it means the world to me to be able to put it on the front row for them. This is the first year I had a car to put it where I wanted to put it.

    "I think it'll be tough tomorrow - we have not made huge strides in race pace, but our long-run pace has not been so far off. In Montreal we were half a second off the Red Bull and Ferrari, but here it was not as big a deficit. I'm just going to gun it tomorrow and hope for the best."

  16. 1449: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    A British driver on pole. This is what these people and 90,000 others came to see as Lewis Hamilton ends a six year wait to secure pole at his home grand prix. Imagine the scenes if he wins tomorrow. Let's hear more from the man of the moment...

  17. 1443: 

    One of the interesting sub-plots of this weekend is the battle by some drivers to impress the powers that be at Red Bull, with Mark Webber's seat being vacated at the end of the season.

    Daniel Ricciardo is certainly doing just that, and he was sixth fastest in qualifying today for Toro Rosso. "It has been looking pretty good," he says. "The first two days have gone well. It is nice to confirm he speed we have."


    Craig Farmer: Great to see Hamilton on pole. It's a pity he'll probably lose it by turn three come tomorrow.

    Come on Craig, where is the positivity!. A British driver on pole, the sun is out and the Rolling Stones at Glastonbury later. A glorious day.

  19. 1432: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes' one-two is their third front row lockout this season and an impressive five poles in eight races. Can Lewis Hamilton claim his first win for the team on Sunday?

  20. 1426: 
    Fernando Alonso

    Fernando Alonso, who has qualified 10th: "We were not competitive all weekend and it's not normal to see Ferrari out of Q3. We need to recover now and it was a bad Saturday. We didn't improve the car enough in the last four to five races and we ordered some new parts but they didn't do what we expected. We need to keep on working."

  21. 1423: 

    Not the best of days for one of the pre-race favourites - Fernando Alonso. It has been something of a struggle all weekend for Ferrari and the Spaniard was hardly a bundle of joy post-qualifying. Here is what he had to say...


    Peter Wimblett: Great drive by Lewis Hamilton and especially Paul Di Resta. Brilliant to see British drivers smashing it in qualifying.

    Pritesh Mistry: Just seen Lewis Hamilton's quali lap, amazing, on the power so early all the time! Fantastic!

    Nicholas Jones: Barnstorming lap from Lewis for pole; nearly half a second faster than anyone else!!

  23. 1417: 

    Sebastian Vettel, who has qualified third: "We will see what happens tomorrow. It is a long race. I'm honestly very happy today. I don't know if Lewis [Hamilton] found a short cut or he just found something special here - it was a phenomenal lap. It is always nice to position well in qualifying here. I am looking forward to the race tomorrow and we will see how we are with looking after tyres."

  24. 1416: 

    Nico Rosberg, who has qualified second: "It's definitely a great feeling to have the fastest car and the Mercedes team did a great job. We are confident we have improved and some of the other cars may be better than us but finishing top two can only be good for us."

  25. 1415: 

    Lewis Hamilton, who has qualified on pole: "It's an incredible feeling - it feels like [his previous Silverstone pole] 2007. The crowd have been great - such a great turnout - that was a lap for them. I hope we can do something special in the race. It's phenomenal because I haven't been feeling 100% comfortable in the car."

  26. 1413: 

    Let's hear from the top three drivers from qualifying...

  27. 1411: 

    Jenson Button reflects on qualifying 11th: "It is quite surprising with the way the car felt. It was very difficult getting the tyres working correctly. It is not great but it is a little less bad, is probably the right way to say it. If we had qualified into Q3 we would probably have been P10 so it is not so bad."

  28. 1408: 

    Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn talking to BBC F1 reporter Tom Clarkson: "We worked hard to get the right race set-up. It's warmer again tomorrow, we're not comfortable, so we'll see."

  29. 1407: 

    1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Nico Rosberg 3) Sebastian Vettel 4) Mark Webber 5) Paul Di Resta 6) Daniel Ricciardo 7) Adrian Sutil 8) Romain Grosjean 9) Kimi Raikkonen 10) Fernando Alonso

    11) Jenson Button 12) Felipe Massa 13) Jean-Eric Vergne 14) Sergio Perez 15) Nico Hulkenberg 16) Pastor Maldonado

    17) Valtteri Bottas 18) Esteban Gutierrez 19) Charles Pic 20) Jules Bianchi 21) Giedo van der Garde 22) Max Chilton

  30. 1405: 

    Lewis Hamilton stands atop his Mercedes, arms outstretched and laps up the applause from the fans before bouncing into the garage. His helmet is off and there's a beaming smile across his face.

  31. 1404: 

    Fantastic stuff from Lewis Hamilton! Nico Rosberg had only just eclipsed his Mercedes team-mate's previous best time but a faultless lap at the death sees the Briton secure his 28th grand prix pole, and what a place to do it.

  32. 1402: 

    Mercedes team to Lewis Hamilton over the radio: "Storming job there Lewis, storming job."

  33. 1402: 
    Lewis Hamilton


  34. 1401: 

    The drivers are all out on their final lap. This is going to be close. Will Lewis Hamilton be the first Briton on pole at the British Grand Prix since 2007...?


    I Live In Hope: Come on Lewis Hamilton I'm gonna have a heart attack here.....can't breath......left hand tingling.

  36. 1358: 

    Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel go third and fourth fastest, with Romain Grosjean sixth, Fernando Alonso seventh and Daniel Ricciardo seventh. No lap time from Kimi Raikkonen and he will only have one chance to do so.

  37. 1355: 

    This is what the home crowd want to see. Fantastic laps from the Mercedes duo as Nico Rosberg smashes the weekend's lap times with 1:30.231 to go top before Lewis Hamilton goes even faster seconds later with 1:30.096. Just under four minutes of the session remaining.

  38. 1352: 

    Daniel Ricciardo is the first out on the circuit, before he is joined by Mark Webber and Paul Di Resta.

  39. 1350: 

    Right, here we go. The 10-minute shoot-out to determine who will start on pole in Sunday's British Grand Prix.


    Shohidur Rahman: McLaren have fallen so far that they're now struggling to get into Q3.

  41. 1348: 

    Agonising stuff for Jenson Button, who misses out by just .057s. No McLarens in the top 10 will be disappointing for the British fans in attendance. Hopes of a home driver on pole now rest with Lewis Hamilton and Paul Di Resta, sixth and seventh fastest respectively during Q2.

  42. 1346: 

    1) Sebastian Vettel 2) Mark Webber 3 ) Nico Rosberg 4) Adrian Sutil 5) Daniel Ricciardo 6) Lewis Hamilton 7) Paul Di Resta 8) Fernando Alonso 9) Romain Grosjean 10) Kimi Raikkonen

  43. 1345: 

    11) Jenson Button 12) Felipe Massa 13) Jean-Eric Vergne 14) Sergio Perez 15) Nico Hulkenberg 16) Pasto Maldonado

  44. 1344: 
    British Grand Prix


  45. 1342: 

    Jean-Eric Vergne, one of the Toro Rosso drivers bidding to stake his claim for a Red Bull seat next season, is in danger of elimination and his hopes of making the top 10 are not helped when he runs wide coming out of Becketts and can only clock the 11th fastest time.

  46. 1339: 

    Just three cars on the circuit at the moment. One of those is Sebastian Vettel who takes full advantage of the quiet track to whizz round in 1:30.990s and move top.


    Jeni: "Wishing @AussieGrit [Mark Webber] an amazing race! My favourite driver & also an honouree Brit as the only driver to live in the UK!"

  48. 1338: 

    Nico Rosberg is back in the pits preparing to head out for the last four minutes of the session. Even so, Mercedes inform the German over the radio that they are confident his 1:31.028s is enough to see him through.

  49. 1335: 

    It's a Mercedes one-two at the top at the moment - a familiar sight today - as Nico Rosberg puts himself in P1 1:31.028, while Lewis Hamilton clocks 1:31.224 to go second. Felipe Massa locks up on his first lap but recovers to go round in 1:33.170 - the 11th best time of the session.

  50. 1332: 

    Max Chilton, who was 22nd quickest in Q1, talking to Jennie Gow on BBC Radio 5 live: "We made a step forward while we struggled in practice, but everyone else did it seems. Qualifying wasn't really working for me, but my race pace was good. We just hope to get a clean start and hopefully pick a few people off as we go."

  51. 1329: 

    Mark Webber is first out for Q2 on a used set of the hard tyre compound. He sets the initial benchmark with 1:31.341s.

  52. 1328: 

    The second part of qualifying is under way, with drivers having 15 minutes to secure the time they need to ensure a place in the top 10 and in the final qualifying session.

  53. 1327: 

    Jenson Button, who was eighth fastest in Q1, says over team radio: "Quite a lot more grip out there - surprisingly so."

  54. 1325: 

    A last-ditch effort from Felipe Massa saw the Brazilian save himself from early elimination. His time of 1:32.241s meant he climbed up to 14th, one place ahead of Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso.

  55. 1322: 

    17) Valtteri Bottas 18) Esteban Gutierrez 19) Charles Pic 20) Jules Bianchi 21) Giedo van der Garde 22) Max Chilton

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  57. 1319: 

    Just under a minute left and at the moment, and the Marussias of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton are in danger, along with Caterham's Charles Pic and Valtteri Bottas of Williams. Felipe Massa also down there at the moment.

  58. 1318:  
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator at Silverstone

    "I don't think Red Bull will be too disappointed with that. Rather encouragingly Mark Webber never really had to work around that lap."

  59. 1317: 

    The Red Bulls make their first appearance of qualifying with just under five minutes to go in Q1 and a very smooth, and steady lap sees Mark Webber go third fastest with 1:31.605. His team-mate Sebastian Vettel is just over two tenths of a second slower.

  60. 1313: 

    Lewis Hamilton is out on circuit now, after he had popped out to acknowledge the home fans in attendance, and he is straight into P1 with 1:30.995s, putting him ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg, who had only just toppled Romain Grosjean himself.

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "Lotus have been told they need to change ahead of the next race a tiny detail of their rear wishbone design for rules compliance."

  62. 1310: 

    There are sparks spitting up from under Kimi Rakkonen's Lotus as he moves up to second, behind his team-mate Romain Grosjean before Paul Di Resta splits the two Lotuses with 1:32.546s.

  63. 1307: 

    Nico Hulkenberg's stay at the top of the timesheet does not last long as first his team-mate Esteban Gutierrez displaces him before Romain Grosjean clocks 1:32.586s in his Lotus to go fastest, with 12 drivers having now posted times.

  64. 1305: 
    British Grand Prix

    Nico Hulkenberg sets the initial pace with 1:35.806s as a super-relaxed Lewis Hamilton pokes his head between metal fencing near the pit lane to wave to the crowd in the nearby stands, who respond with a huge roar of cheers. High hopes for the Mercedes driver to add to his 2008 British GP win.

  65. 1303:  
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator at Silverstone

    "Wind has always been an issue on this circuit - a big open airfield. It has always been a challenge when a gust can significantly change the balance of the car. It does get quite uncomfortable for the cars going through Copse corner in particular."

  66. 1301: 

    Sebastian Vettel steps on the weighing scales before he clambers into his Red Bull while Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg is straight out on the circuit.

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "Paddock filled up nicely, sun out, Silverstone packed. Let's go qualifying - a Mercedes for pole? Or can Sebastian Vettel stop them? Let's see..."

  68. 1300: 

    The pit lane is open and and we are under way in the first part of qualifying, a 20-minute session where the slowest six drivers will be eliminated.

  69. 1257: 

    Minutes away now from qualifying. Track temperature is up to 32 degrees Celsius while air temperature is 19. Much more pleasant for the gathered crowd in the stands after yesterday's rainy weather.

  70. 1254: 

    Force India: Lots of people on the pitlane walk. Nice to see so many smiling faces and welcome our guests to our garage! Hope everyone enjoyed it!

  71. 1249: 

    Force India's Paul Di Resta was 10th fastest in final practice earlier. High hopes for him to do well at Silverstone. The Scot is the highest points scorer on the grid to have not finished on the podium this season. Can that change this weekend?

    "Q3 is definitely what we have to go out and achieve," he says. "We probably lost a bit of speed to our rivals overnight. It might be that we tweaked our car in the wrong direction overnight."

  72. 1246: 

    Breathtaking stuff. If you missed it just now, make sure to catch the Jim Clark piece shown in BBC One's qualifying coverage on the BBC iPlayer. Right, just over 10 minutes until qualifying is under way.

  73. 1241: 
    British Grand Prix

    David Coulthard, a two-time winner of the British Grand Prix, is paying homage to the most prolific British winner of the race, Jim Clark, in a cracking piece on BBC One right now. The Scot won the race five times from 1962-67 - a record matched only by Alain Prost.

  74. 1238: 
    Sebastian Vettel's helmet

    Here is the specially designed helmet that Sebastian Vettel is wearing for the British Grand Prix, featuring tiny pictures of the faces of all the Red Bull crew. Lots of folk on there!

  75. 1232: 

    Just under 30 minutes until qualifying is under way. Here is a quick run-down of the last five polesitters at Silverstone:

    2012: Fernando Alonso

    2011: Mark Webber

    2010: Sebastian Vettel

    2009: Sebastian Vettel

    2008: Heikki Kovalainen


    Bev Luther: Seeing Mark Webber speak about him leaving the sport has reduced me to tears. Top bloke. Thanks for getting me into F1 Mark.

    I Live in Hope: Mark Webber is a great ambassador for the sport. Sebastian Vettel should be grateful he had a decent bloke for team mate.

  77. 1227: 

    Profound words from Eddie Jordan as he reflects on Mark Webber's decision to retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season.

    "Leaving with dignity is by far the most important thing for any sportsman," he says. "You should give the sport up, not the sport give you up."

  78. 1225: 

    The mystical powers of Eddie Jordan's wardrobe have thrown up another cracker for today. BBC F1's chief analyst has rocked up at Silverstone in blue trainers, blue trousers and a blue and white floral patterned shirt. It matches, I'll give him that.

  79. 1222:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "If anyone is going to beat Sebastian Vettel to pole position at the British Grand Prix, it is likely to be one of the Mercedes drivers. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton's run of four pole positions between them was only broken by Vettel in Canada - and even then Hamilton was second on the grid."


    Kenny Karaoke: Sausage and bacon cob, British GP on BBC One. A great Saturday.

  81. 1215: 
    BBC coverage

    The sound of The Chain on BBC One right now, that can mean only one thing. Coverage for qualifying for the British Grand Prix is under way.

  82. 1209: 
    BBC coverage

    Coverage for the British GP this weekend is live across the BBC, on TV, radio & online.

    Qualifying is live on BBC One from 1215 BST and 5 live sports extra from 1255. You can watch the TV coverage at the top of this page (you may have to refresh), while mobile users can go to their F1 homepage.

    Race coverage on Sunday is on BBC One from 1210 BST, on 5 live from 1300 and here online from 1100. TV highlights are on BBC Three at 1900 BST.

    And don't forget all the lovely extra camera streams available online during qualifying and the race, including the pit lane feed (also available on the Red Button), driver tracker, on-board, timing screens and alternative commentary.

    For more information on what's available on Red Button, Connected TV and alternative camera views, click here.

  83. 1206: 
    British Grand Prix

    McLaren spent much of final practice trying to get to the bottom of what caused Sergio Perez's tyre to instantly deflate. Pirelli say a cut to the tyre sidewall was the cause of failure, and nothing to do with the new bonding process.

  84. 1201:  
    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at Silverstone

    "There doesn't seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel for McLaren at the moment - and their struggles look set to continue this weekend with Jenson Button saying it would be a "miracle" if they make the podium on Sunday. Worse still, he isn't that hopeful for qualifying either. "The car doesn't feel too bad on the track, but we're still 1.5 seconds off the good cars," he said. "I don't think Q3 is possible for us this weekend."

  85. 1200: 

    Not a great weekend so far for McLaren. An exploding tyre heavily disrupted Sergio Perez's session in final practice while Jenson Button's best time this morning was only good enough to place him 12th fastest. The Woking-based team are running out of races to salvage a disappointing campaign, and a finish inside the points would likely represent a good weekend, after Perez and Button's failure to manage even that in Canada last time out.

  86. 1154: 

    So just how crucial is securing pole position at the British Grand Prix? Since 2004 the race has been won three times from pole, while drivers who have qualified second have won the race on six occasions.

    Throughout the entire 63-year history of the British GP, the polesitter has won on 16 occasions from 46 races. A bit of number crunching says that is a 34% win rate from pole.

    The last time the driver on pole won here was in 2009, when Sebastian Vettel won. Can he repeat that feat this weekend?

  87. 1149: 
    British Grand Prix

    Eddie Jordan may be at Silverstone but he can't wait to watch "great mate" Ronnie Wood on stage with the Rolling Stones at Glastonbury. #bestseat#bbcf1

    Tell us using #bestseat which sporting event and band/singer at Glastonbury that you are most excited about watching on the BBC this weekend.

  88. 1144: 

    Lunchtime is fast approaching and, in case you missed the action itself, a report on this morning's final practice from chief F1 writer Andrew Benson is on the BBC Sport website. Have a look and see if there is anything to be read into how things unfolded ahead of qualifying at 1300 BST.

  89. 1141:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "Paddy Lowe is attending a grand prix for the first time in his new role as Mercedes executive director (technical) following his move from McLaren, where he was previously technical director. Lowe hosted a news conference for a small group of media on Friday to talk about his new role, and the subject of team principal Ross Brawn's future was inevitably brought up. Lowe was initially hired to replace Brawn, who the team now say is staying on for the 'short to medium term', without defining what exactly that means.

    "Lowe said: 'Ross is team principal at the moment. We don't know how long he will want to remain team principal. Those plans are not made. What the future brings in terms of progression from there remains to be seen. It is not set or defined at the moment.' Asked how he would feel if Brawn left at the end of the season, Lowe added: 'I would be fine with that if that is how it turns out. I think I have got what it takes to take that on. We have got Toto [Wolff, Mercedes motorsport boss] as well, who is a great asset to the team. I actually really enjoy working with Toto.'"

  90. 1138: 
    Max Chilton

    Max Chilton has been providing great insight into what it is like to be a British driver making his debut at his home grand prix. In his latest piece, he explains why he touches his toes before he gets into his Marussia....

    Have a read on the BBC Sport website.


    That little treat is just 45 minutes, with the qualifying show starting at 1215 BST on BBC One. Stay with us here as we continue to build up to qualifying, which gets under way at 1300.

    Who do you think will start on pole? Sebastian Vettel left it late to record his flying lap and slotted in third. Is pole a foregone conclusion for the Red Bull man? Or can Lewis Hamilton end Britain's long-wait after showing good pace in final practice? Let us know on Twitter, using the hashtag, #bbcf1 or text us 81111 (UK only).

  92. 1123:  
    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at Silverstone
    British Grand Prix

    "It was like a hurricane hit the BBC F1 production office when Eddie Jordan strolled in this morning. The former Jordan team boss was in fine form as he munched on a bowl of cereal and chewed the fat while flicking through the papers. On Friday, he was sporting this pair of funky blue trainers, with an unusually plain black top and jeans. That all changed today when he unleashed a blue floral shirt complete with bright blue trousers. Ensure you've got adequate eye protection for the BBC One qualifying show, folks."

  93. 1121: 

    I'm seeing quite a lot of blue in the sky above Silverstone at the moment, with clouds breaking up and it is certainly looking much brighter than it was throughout yesterday. Nothing, however, will top the brightness of what our man Lawrence Barretto has spotted. Sunglasses at the ready people...


    Welsh Racer: ok I am going to predict Rosberg for pole at #Silverstone today

    Chris. Tof. Her: What we'd all give for a all British podium.

    Rob Valledy: Hoping that Mercedes can keep their good form for the whole weekend.

  95. 1113: 

    It looks as though what could be crucial though, is how drivers manage themselves coming through Becketts. Wind caused a few issues for drivers in that section in final practice.

  96. 1111: 

    Not much separated Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the end there, just 0.146 seconds in fact. Despite Hamilton's frustrations with the car on Friday it seems his team have made the improvements that could well see them very competitive in qualifying later today.

  97. 1106: 

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Vettel 4) Webber 5) Grosjean 6) Ricciardo 7) Alonso 8) Raikkonen 9) Sutil 10) Di Resta

    11) Vergne 12) Button 13) Maldonado 14) Hulkenberg 15) Massa 16) Bottas 17) Gutierrez 18) Perez 19) Pic 20) Bianchi 21) Chilton 22) Van Der Garde

  98. 1103: 

    Nico Rosberg snatches P1 from Lewis Hamilton at the death, knocking his Mercedes team-mate down to second. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel third fastest with Mark Webber fourth in the other Red Bull. Another good effort from Daniel Ricciardo, who clocks the sixth fastest time of the session.

  99. 1101: 


  100. 1100: 

    Lewis Hamilton on a fast lap as he looks to improve on his 1:31.750 but backs off after he slides wide at the Brooklands left hander. Will his time be challenged?

  101. 1058: 

    Two minutes left and Lewis Hamilton still has the fastest time ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Sebastian Vettel third with Mark Webber fourth. All bar Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez out on track.

  102. 1057: 

    The luckless Sergio Perez is off the circuit at the exit of Becketts in what looks like his first lap on the medium tyres. That section has proved troublesome for a number of drivers today and the Mexican can do little as he slides off. It has not been his day.

  103. 1053:  
    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter at Silverstone

    "I am just at the Mercedes garage where they have been doing quite a lot of work to the front end of Lewis Hamilton's car. They have been working on the front suspension, changing some of the settings. Interestingly he is still not happy and is still sat in the garage."

  104. 1051: 

    Impressive stuff from McLaren to get Sergio Perez back out for the last eight minutes of practice. He performs a practice start at the pit lane exit and is out on the empty circuit.

  105. 1050: 

    McLaren: Amazing work by both crews to swap Checo's rear bodywork and wing after his tyre issue earlier in the session. He's back in the car. Wow!

  106. 1048: 

    The circuit falls quiet as the cars head back into the pits. It will only be brief, though, as they prepare for the final 10 minutes of the session.

  107. 1047: 

    Still plenty of activity in the McLaren garage, with engineers working hard on Sergio Perez's car to try to get it back out on the circuit. The Mexican watches on anxiously.

  108. 1044: 

    Felipe Massa is evidently making up for the lost time from yesterday, when he crashed in second practice. He has completed 16 laps in the Ferrari today but has a bit of a scare as a moment of understeer sees him slide through Becketts and Chapel. Mark Webber briefly goes top before Lewis Hamilton improves to 1:31.750.

  109. 1041:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "Lotus have re-introduced their 'double DRS' system here and it looks like Kimi Raikkonen will race with it. The system gives extra 'stall' on the rear wing above a certain speed by triggering what is known as a 'fluidic switch', which alters the direction of the airflow. It increases the car's pace in a straight line. Lotus admit that it costs them a bit of downforce in the fastest corners but think that the benefits outweigh the penalties."

  110. 1040: 

    It gets even better for Mercedes as Nico Rosberg, fastest in second practice yesterday, is up to P2 with 1:32.192. Kimi Raikkonen is fourth fastest in his Lotus.

  111. 1037: 

    Lewis Hamilton improves significantly and he sneaks in ahead of Mark Webber at the top of the timesheet with 1:32.317, despite a little wobble through Vale. It is his fastest time of the weekend so far.

  112. 1032: 

    A couple of drivers run wide at Becketts as this time both Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel fail to master it. No bother for the pair, who return to the track with the minimum of fuss. Not seen too much from Lewis Hamilton yet, with the Mercedes driver 18th fastest with eight laps under his belt. Just under 30 minutes left of the session.

  113. 1028: 

    Back to action on the circuit and Mark Webber is looking fast. Very fast indeed. And he leaps into P1 with 1:32.369. His potential Red Bull successor Daniel Ricciardo is second fastest with Briton Paul Di Resta third in the Force India.

  114. 1026: 

    McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale: "The damage is fairly extensive to the rear of the car and the top body. Sergio did not recall hitting any kerb. All we know is that it was instant tyre deflation. The rear floor diffuser seems fairly badly damaged. The boys have a bit of work to do. Hopefully we will have it out for qualifying."

  115. 1022: 

    Flurry of activity in the McLaren garage as engineers get to work on Sergio Perez's car, where damage to the floor is visible. Several cars are back out on the circuit after the debris from Perez's tyre explosion is cleared away.

    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter at Silverstone

    "Pirelli's second in command has come out and is just by the side of the garage looking in to see what happened. A worrying failure for the team."

  117. 1018:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "Mmm. Tyre failure on Perez's car. These are the rears with improved glue introduced here for the first time. That's worrying. Tyre seemed OK on turn-in; then car goes out of shot. Still not clear exactly where it failed - did he go over the exit kerb and cut tyre?"

  118. 1016: 

    The red flag is waved as Sergio Perez's left rear tyre fails and he slowly makes his way back to the pit lane. Lots of debris on the track at the exit of Copse. "The tyre exploded," reports Perez.

  119. 1014: 

    Sergio Perez briefly tops the timesheet with 1:33.607 before he is displaced by Valtteri Bottas.

  120. 1012: 

    Lewis Hamilton, on the medium tyre, goes round in 1:38.415s with his first timed effort of the session but looks decidedly shaky slinging his Mercedes through Becketts, where Charles Pic then runs wide but quickly recovers.

  121. 1008: 

    Kimi Raikkonen is first to put a time on the board as he clocks 1:34.184s, Valtteri Bottas is second fastest, some three seconds behind Raikkonen but improves with his next lap a 1:34.712s.

  122. 1006: 

    Lewis Hamilton heads out and he is on the circuit only a matter of seconds before reporting something that concerns him over team radio. "Big vibrations already," he says.


    Sue: Well fingers crossed The Massa Demons have made their only appearance this weekend. Here we go FP3!!!

    Milesey: Don't bother fixing Massa's car. Just give him a brush and tell him to make himself useful in the garage. But don't touch anything.

  124. 1002: 

    An unsurprising flurry of activity as Nico Hulkenberg heads a stream of cars making their way out on to the dry circuit. Air temperature is 16 degrees Celsius at the moment, while on the circuit it is 19.

  125. 1000: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    The green light flicks on and final practice for the British Grand Prix is go, go, go!

  126. 0958: 

    BBC F1 pit lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "Ferrari had a very busy evening yesterday. They have completed work on Felipe Massa's car - the front end has been completely rebuilt after his crash in second practice He didn't get much running yesterday so this is going to be a very important session for the Brazilian."

  127. 0955: 

    Five minutes until the pit lane is open for final practice at Silverstone and coverage has started on BBC Two and on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Tune in, sit back and enjoy.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst at Silverstone

    "Sebastian Vettel has more finesse in the low speed corners while his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber is braver in the high speed corners so that's why Silverstone suits Webber, who looked to have better one-lap pace than Vettel in second practice. But Vettel will lift his game in qualifying. And once you lose the edge of the tyre, that high speed bravery doesn't count for as much as you've lost the bite in the tyres. That's why Vettel is often stronger than Webber in the races."

  129. 0952: 

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzine: Gorgeous feature with David Coulthard in one of the all time classic F1 cars and a message from the wonderful Murray Walker BBC1 12:15.

  130. 0948:  
    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at Silverstone

    "There is plenty of chat linking Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, to the Red Bull seat which will be vacated by Mark Webber at the end of the season. However Lotus team boss Eric Boullier is hopeful of keeping hold of his star man. "I am confident because privately," he said. "We are the favourite choice for him but understandingly he needs some reassurance about where we are going and how we are building."

  131. 0946: 

    The speculation regarding who will replace Mark Webber at Red Bull next year continued on Friday, as team principal Christian Horner confirmed that it was between Kimi Raikkonen and the Toro Rosso pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. It certainly seemed as though Ricciardo and Vergne were auditioning themselves yesterday with impressive performances in the two practice sessions. Raikkonen, meanwhile, will unlikely feel he needs to showcase his talents, especially on a circuit he generally performs well on. He won the race back in 2007 and holds the fastest lap time of 1:34.661, set last year.


    Gemma Chapman: Would absolutely love Lewis Hamilton to get pole today but failing that it would be nice to see Fernando Alonso or Kimi Raikkonen!

    Nestor Siewe: I think Lewis Hamilton will be P1 and p2 tomorrow. He can do it.

  133. 0935:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "Sebastian Vettel was only third fastest in the only dry practice session on Friday and afterwards was typically non-committal, repeating his standard Friday line that 'overall we can be pretty happy; it was a good day'. But the underlying message from his running was clear - the Red Bull looks hugely impressive and Vettel's rivals already think he has as good as won this race. Can Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Vettel's team-mate or the Mercedes drivers do anything about it?"

  134. 0930: 
    BBC coverage

    Here is what is coming up today and the variety of ways you can follow the action. Before qualifying at 1300 BST, we have one hour of final practice. That session gets under way at 1000. TV coverage starts on BBC Two at 0955 and commentary is also available on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing today you can read, watch and listen to the action on desktop, tablet and mobile. Desktops users can watch TV coverage at the top of this page (you may have to refresh), while mobile users can get TV coverage on their BBC F1 homepage.


    Kelly McNish: No pressure, Laura Jordan, but Allan (McNish) has put a fiver on Paul Di Resta being top Brit today #moneyonthetable.

  136. 0921:  
    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at Silverstone
    British Grand Prix

    "The sun finally fought its way through at Silverstone this morning which made for much more pleasant conditions for the fans who were hovering around the paddock entrance hoping to grab a glimpse of their idols. Lotus' Romain Grosjean and Williams' Pastor Maldonado spent plenty of time signing autographs, but the biggest cheer was for our very own David Coulthard who had several fans, mostly women, chasing him down the road towards the TV compound."


    So let's have your views. Who will the dry conditions benefit most at Silverstone and which British driver are you backing to do best in qualifying later on Saturday and why? Let us know on Twitter, using the hashtag, #bbcf1 or text us 81111 (UK only). Lots of other sport going on today so texters, please remember to pop F1 at the front of your messages. Cheers.

  138. 0915: 

    So while the weather is not going to rain on our proverbial parade, the expectations of the British drivers might do. Jenson Button played down hopes of an elusive Silverstone podium in the weeks building up to the race, while Lewis Hamilton on Friday admitted he was not happy with his Mercedes car. Paul Di Resta has been backed as an outside chance of a podium on Sunday. Could he be where British hopes lie?

  139. 0911:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "The threatening clouds of Friday have lifted and the Formula 1 teams are setting themselves for a packed morning of preparations for qualifying this afternoon. Friday's preparations were truncated by the rain that effectively wiped out first practice and as a result the usual one-off qualifying-style laps done on Friday afternoon went by the wayside. Saturday morning's final practice is therefore the first real indication of where the cars could sit on the grid. Will it confirm the impression that Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull are in a league of their own?"

  140. 0907:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    Blue skies (nearly). Sunshine. That's more like it.

  141. 0906: 

    But first a look at the weather. It is the British Grand Prix, it is the British summer, it is wet an...hang on, scrap the stock 'moan at the British weather' entry, there are actually blue skies above Silverstone and we are, indeed, in for dry practice and qualifying. But don't take my words for it, take the words of our chief F1 writer Andrew Benson, replete with pictorial evidence....

  142. 0903: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Welcome to qualifying day at the British Grand Prix. Yes, six years have passed since a British driver last qualified fastest. Six long years. The last Brit to do so? Lewis Hamilton in his debut season. He is desperate for success this year, but can he do it? That is what we are here to find out.

  143. 0900: 

    Cast your mind back to 2007. Australia complete a 5-0 whitewash of England in The Ashes, the new Wembley stadium opens for the first time and Gordon Brown is elected Prime Minister of Great Britain. But of significance in Formula 1, it was the last time a British driver qualified on pole at Silverstone. Can the long-suffering home fans be given something to cheer about today?

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 190
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 176
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 106
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 97
5 Finland V Bottas Williams 91
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 82
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 69
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 59
9 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 37
10 Brazil F Massa Williams 30
11 Mexico S Perez Force India 29
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 19
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 9
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 6
16 France J Bianchi Marussia 2
17 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
18 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham 0
19 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
21 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0


Position Driver Team

Second practice completed. Final practice due to take place on Saturday 26 July at 10:00 BST.

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
3 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
6 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
7 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
8 Finland V Bottas Williams
9 Great Britain J Button McLaren
10 Brazil F Massa Williams
11 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
12 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
13 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
14 Germany A Sutil Sauber
15 Mexico S Perez Force India
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
17 France R Grosjean Lotus
18 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber
19 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham
20 France J Bianchi Marussia
21 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
22 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham