British GP qualifying as it happened

Text and video highlights of qualifying for the British GP, where Nico Rosberg starts on pole position after an error by Lewis Hamilton.

5 July 2014 Last updated at 09:35

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  1. 15:05: 
    Jenson Button

    The British fans had something to celebrate on Saturday, but it wasn't a Lewis Hamilton pole position.

    The Briton made a huge mistake by backing off in his final lap and as a result will start sixth on the grid tomorrow while Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico rosberg starts on pole.

    However, there was reason to be cheerful for the other Brit driving in silver as Jenson Button qualified third - his best grid position at Silverstone in nearly 10 years.

    Can he convert it into a podium? Join me tomorrow to find out. I'll be back live at 11:30 BST to begin building up to the British Grand Prix. Until then, it's good afternoon from me.

  2. 15:00: 
    Stirling Moss

    On the anniversary of Silverstone's 50th hosting of the British Grand Prix, legendary racing driver Sir Stirling Moss has taken a trip down memory lane to recall the first race back in 1948.

    "It was all rather crude, oil drums cut off perimeter roads to stop us getting lost, but anything we could race on we were grateful for," says Moss. "Still, there was something special about it even then."

  3. 14:55: 
    Sergio Perez

    Force India's Sergio Perez, who starts seventh, has apologised after making a sexist joke about Susie Wolff's outing for Williams in Friday practice.

    The Mexican told Spanish television that he would not like a woman as a team-mate, adding that women were "better to stay in the kitchen".

    Perez apologised via social media and on his website for his "unacceptable" remark and said Wolff was a close friend.

    Wolff said on Twitter that Perez's comments were "taken out of context" and that people should "please give him a break".

  4. 14:52: 
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    There a few great bits of video on the F1 pages, too, including Jenson Button and David Coulthard hitting the streets of London on a pair of motorbikes ahead of this weekend's race.

  5. 14:48: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's qualifying report, which will have the video highlights of the session embedded later this afternoon.

  6. 14:44: 

    Marussia's Jules Bianchi starts 12th, his own career best and also the highest grid position for the team since they entered F1 in 2010 as Virgin Racing.

    His team-mate Max Chilton will start between Bottas and Massa in 18th after qualifying a career-best 13th but suffering a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

  7. 14:39: 

    It was a mighty final lap from Nico Hulkenberg, who will start tomorrow's race from fourth on the grid for Force India. The German's team has the shortest commute to the track as they are based just over the road.

    "I have never felt a circuit dry up that quickly," he says. "First, I felt it was undriveable and the next minute I felt it was completely dry. It was hard to judge what was going on out there.

    "On the out lap, I thought 'oh gosh this is not going to work, let's not crash the car'. I was the first car to set a lap time in the final part, so I was still suffering from a few damp patches, but it's a good result and I hope tomorrow is a good day."

  8. 14:33: 
    Niki Lauda

    Mercedes chief Niki Lauda confirms that it was Lewis Hamilton's decision to abort his final quick lap.

    "It was tricky in the end, we were both well in the lead, then we had to make a decision on whether we go out again.

    "They both pushed to go out. Lewis thought the circuit was slower so he stopped, Nico kept going.

    "It was Lewis' decision because he thought he cannot go quicker but Nico proved you can go quicker and he was proved right.

    "This time Nico was outstanding again to grab pole under these difficult conditions."

  9. 14:28: 
    Jenson Button

    McLaren's Jenson Button said he was happy "like you could not believe" after qualifying third for his home race at Silverstone.

    "It's only third but for us after the last 18 months, we had no chance of getting this result. It's nice to qualify so well in front of the home crowd."

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    Amanda:‏ 3 nice guys on top. Very pleased for Jenson Button on such a special day - #pinkforpapa. Shocked about Lewis Hamilton.

    Shel: That was an interesting qualifying! Good to see Button have a better result. Silverstone really does have a bizarre micro-climate.

    Rod Crew: Did Hamilton really think he had done enough, very unprofessional. I'm bitterly disappointed.

    Dan Gates: No rain, rain, very fine rain. Don't know about you guys but I think Vettel would be great as a weatherman.

  11. 14:25: 

    Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, who will start second: "The start of Q3 we went out as one of last cars. We aborted the lap because it was impossible to set a decent time on the slick tyres.

    "We sat in the garage waiting and eventually went out on dry tyres. We went out for one flying lap at the end - it was difficult to believe it was possible to find dry areas

    "I think England is the only country where you get these sort of conditions but it worked out and it's very positive for us to start from the front row tomorrow."

  12. 14:22: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg, after securing his fourth pole position of the season: "It was definitely quite crazy - certainly in first qualifying it was and last qualifying also.

    "The tyres were still drying out so we lost time on the out lap. We sat in the garage and eventually came to the conclusion that we might as well go out out and have a look.

    "Then it seemed like it was worth it because the last part of the lap was very dry. It was a great team effort."

  13. 14:19: 
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    It's time for to hear from the top three...

  14. 14:17: 

    Mercedes co-team boss Toto Wolff says: "It's very disappointing. There are so many errors you can do in that situation. You can see with Ferrari that you don't have to extract the last few seconds.

    "I don't think we're hugely dominant. You saw yesterday that there is still an advantage but it's a matter of time. We can't keep ahead for the whole season."

  15. 14:15: 

    Lewis Hamilton gives a Kimi Raikkonen-esque interview to Lee McKenzie.

    "I don't know, I don't have much of an answer," says Lewis Hamilton when asked why he aborted the lap. When pushed for an answer, a disappointed Hamilton added: "I just decided not to do the lap."

    Did he not complete the lap because he felt he wasn't going to improve, Hamilton says: "Obviously not. I don't have anything to say to you at the moment."

  16. 14:11: 

    "We missed the window with Seb at the beginning and missed it at the end with Dan," says Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

    "Seb did a great job to get second. We didn't think the track was going to be better. It wasn't Dan's decision, he just did what he was told.

    "As a team we made the wrong call, but there are other teams who made worse calls today."

    He adds that it's unlikely they will be able to challenge Rosberg for victory tomorrow and he expects Hamilton to come through the field.

  17. 14:08: 
    QUALIFYING RESULT

    1) Rosberg 2) Vettel 3) Button 4) Hulkenberg 5) Magnussen 6) Hamilton 7) Perez 8) Ricciardo 9) Kvyat 10) Vergne

    11) Grosjean 12) Bianchi 13) Chilton 14) Gutierrez 15) Maldonado 16) Sutil

    17) Bottas 18) Massa 19) Alonso 20) Raikkonen 21) Ericsson 22) Kobayashi

  18.   
    BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan

    "That was so exciting, so unpredictable. I'm pinching myself. Is this really the grid? It's fantastic."

  19. 14:07: 

    So according to Mercedes co-team boss Paddy Lowe, it was Lewis Hamilton's decision to abort the lap. "He felt the lap was worse," says Lowe. "He bailed out, which was unfortunate as a lot of time was found in sector three."

  20. 14:05: 

    Jenson Button gets his first top three start at Silverstone since 2005. The 2009 world champions looks absolutely delighted as he waves to the crowd.

  21. 14:04: 

    Lewis Hamilton cuts a disconsolate figure has he is weighed before heading back to the Mercedes garage. Meanwhile, his team-mate Nico Rosberg takes in the plaudits as he parks his car in parc ferme.

  22. 14:03: 
    THE TOP 10

    1) Rosberg 2) Vettel 3) Button 4) Hulkenberg 5) Magnussen 6) Hamilton 7) Perez 8) Ricciardo 9) Kvyat 10) Vergne

  23. 14:02: 

    No one saw that coming! The final sector had dried significantly, allowing everyone who was still on the track to improve. Lewis Hamilton didn't complete his lap, instead choosing to pit. What happened there?

  24. 14:01: 
    POLE POSITION
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    Nico Rosberg qualifies on pole position for the British Grand Prix.

  25. 14:00: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes quickest!

  26. 13:59: 
    TEAM RADIO

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg: "Could you please tell Lewis that he needs to speed up."

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    Captain Sassy: Silverstone never seems to fail to deliver!

    Fake Chloe Roberts: Why do McLaren never push in Q3? Not as if it will affect their starting tyres tomorrow, might as well just go for it.

    James Weir : Could the worst of British weather, be the best of British luck for Lewis Hamilton?

  28. 13:58: 

    Jenson Button has chosen a set of medium tyres for his final run of the session. He's joined out on track by both Mercedes, botth Force Indias and his McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

  29. 13:56: 

    If the conditions don't improve, Lewis Hamilton will start on pole position. Good timing from the 2008 world champion, setting a good lap time when it mattered. Three minutes remaining.

  30. 13:55: 

    So Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg with Sergio Perez a further second behind in third.

    Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat, Jean-Eric Vergne, Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen complete the top nine. Sebastian Vettel has yet to set a time.

  31. 13:54: 

    Jenson Button's race engineer says the rain has stopped but he should pit now and sit in the garage before one final run at the end of the session.

  32. 13:53: 

    It's now Lewis Hamilton at the top of the pile with a 1:39.232, with Nico Rosberg 0.194 seconds off the pace. Sergio Perez is third with Daniel Ricciardo fourth.

  33. 13:52: 

    Sergio Perez goes quickest, with Daniil Kvyat second and Jean-Eric Vergne third.

  34. 13:51: 

    "It's starting to drizzle at Stowe," says Nico Rosberg.

  35. 13:49: 
    FINAL QUALIFYING STARTS

    Ten drivers, 12 minutes, one pole position. Let's do this.

  36. 13:48: 

    Kimi Raikkonen, who will start 20th: "It started to rain half-way through the lap - it got too wet. So something went wrong - it's hard to tell right now."

  37. 13:46: 

    Fernando Alonso, who will start 19th: "It happens sometimes in this weather, 30 second before or later, you put the right tyre on and you are the hero or you have made a mistake.

    "We are here in the TV compound, two Ferrari drivers and two Williams drivers, it's something we did wrong compared to other teams. We need to study what happened.

    "We will start at the back, we have some overtaking to do and we will try to enjoy. We have nothing to lose."

  38. 13:44: 

    Pastor Maldonado was instructed to stop out on track by his team after his car suffered a loss of fuel pressure. The Venezuelan has had miserable luck this year.

  39. 13:43: 
    IN

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Vettel 4) Button 5) Kvyat 6) Hulkenberg 7) Perez 8) Magnussen 9) Vergne 10) Ricciardo

  40. 13:42: 
    OUT

    11) Grosjean 12) Bianchi 13) Chilton 14) Gutierrez 15) Maldonado 16) Sutil

  41. 13:40: 
    SECOND QUALIFYING ENDS

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

  42. 13:39: 
    gutierrez

    Esteban Gutierrez slides off the track, the rear of the car clipping the barriers. That's both Saubers out of qualifying.

  43.   
    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "The track has improved by 10 seconds during the course of the last 15 minutes."

  44. 13:38: 

    Nico Rosberg goes quickest, the German clocking a 1:35.179 but his time at the top is short-lived as Lewis Hamilton nips ahead to the delight of the crowd.

  45. 13:37: 

    Lewis Hamilton gets caught out by the tricky conditions and runs of track. That ruins the lap which means he'll need to go again. He's currently seventh.

  46. 13:36: 
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    Jules Bianchi goes quickest with a 1:39.712, with Esteban Gutierrez second and Nico Rosberg third.

  47. 13:35: 

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have switched to slick tyres and headed back out on track.

  48. 13:34: 

    So Romain Grosjean, Esteban Gutierrez, Jules Bianchi, Sebastian Vettel, Max Chilton and Adrian Sutil are currently in the drop zone.

  49. 13:33: 

    Sebastian Vettel's leading time has been deleted as he put all four wheels over the line at Copse corner. That means he's in the drop zone with seven minutes remaining. The German is told to pit for slicks immediately.

  50. 13:32: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes quickest by half a second with his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo slotting into third.

  51. 13:31: 

    Lewis Hamilton slices more than six tenths off Nico Rosberg's best time to go quickest. Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo reports that the conditions are edging closer to being ready for slick tyres.

  52. 13:30: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Nico Rosberg goes quickest, two seconds faster than anyone else. Jean-Eric Vergne is second with Kevin Magnussen third.

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    Richard Roeton: Looked certain that Chilton would be last with that grid penalty and then that qualifying happens.

    Mr. Paul J: Tomorrow is where it matters now, then. #ForzaFerrari

    Paul: Wow. Ferrari and Williams, who should be in Q3, are out in Q1 and Marussia are through. Already looking an exciting race tomorrow.

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    Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick: What a crazy qualifying going on here, Ferrari and Williams have had a shocker!

  55. 13:28: 

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg reports that the intermediate tyres are the best ones to be on at the moment as the conditions have deteriorated.

  56. 13:27: 
    SECOND QUALIFYING STARTS

    Intermediate tyres are the rubber of choice as the second part of qualifying gets under way. Six more drivers will bite the dust in this session. Will we see any more shocks?

  57. 13:26: 

    Sensational scenes at Silverstone as two Marussias finish in the top six. Remarkable. Sebastian Vettel was on the bubble in 16th, while Ferrari and Williams have had a shocker.

    Quite simply, they were not out on the track when the conditions were continuously improving and as a result, their hopes of a podium look all but lost now.

  58. 13:25: 
    IN

    1) Rosberg 2) Kvyat 3) Hamilton 4) Bianchi 5) Hulkenberg 6) Chilton 7) Perez 8) Magnussen 9) Sutil 10) Vergne 11) Grosjean 12) Gutierrez 13) Maldonado 14) Button 15) Ricciardo 16) Vettel

  59. 13:24: 
    OUT

    17) Bottas 18) Massa 19) Alonso 20) Raikkonen 21) Ericsson 22) Kobayashi

  60. 13:23: 

    Replays show that Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas both made mistakes on their quick laps, getting caught out by the conditions.

  61. 13:22: 
    OUT

    Both Ferraris - Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen - and both the Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas are out of qualifying!

  62. 13:21: 
    FIRST QUALIFYING ENDS

    Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in the first part of qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

  63. 13:20: 
    sutil

    Sauber's Adrian Sutil has stuck it in the gravel, too, bringing out the yellow flags.

  64. 13:19: 

    Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are currently in the drop zone.

  65. 13:18: 
    ericsson

    Marcus Ericsson is making a hash of it again. He spins the Caterham, not for the first time this weekend, bouncing through the gravel. That must have damaged the floor.

  66. 13:17: 

    Daniel Kvyat goes quickest with Jules Bianchi in the Marussia second. Nico Hulkenberg is third with Max Chilton fourth. Could the Marussias get through to Q2? One minute remaining.

  67. 13:16: 
    Button

    Jenson Button goes quickest by 2.2 seconds but the lap won't count as he gets out of shape at the final corner, running wide and putting all four wheels across the white line.

  68. 13:15: 

    Nico Rosberg heads out on track on a set of medium slick tyres. Meanwhile, Jenson Button is quickest of all in the first sector on the mediums. That means it's the right time for dry tyres. Everybody will have to go again.

    Nico Rosberg
  69. 13:14: 

    Felipe Massa goes sixth quickest, two seconds off the pace, with Valtteri Bottas one place and four tenths ahead.

  70. 13:13: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button along with the Marussias and Caterhams have both dived into the pits for a set of the dry, medium tyres. Will the gamble pay off?

  71. 13:11: 
    Carol Vorderman at the British GP

    The celebrities are out in force at Silverstone with Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender, former England cricketer Michael Vaughan and, er, TV presenter Carol Vorderman enjoying qualifying.

  72. 13:07: 

    Lewis Hamilton says he can switch to dry, slick tyres if he can get the temperatures up. Interesting.

  73. 13:05: 

    Lewis Hamilton smashes it with the fastest lap of the session by a second from Daniel Ricciardo. His Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg can only manage the third quickest time.

  74. 13:04: 

    Esteban Gutierrez is the current pacesetter, ahead of Jules Bianchi and Nico Hulkenberg.

  75. 13:03: 

    It's raining again. Drivers will want to get a lap in the bag as soon as possible in case the rain intensifies. The six slowest drivers will get knocked out of this segment.

  76. 13:00: 
    FIRST QUALIFYING STARTS

    Here we go, then. Time for the first part of qualifying...

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    Brother Amos: Bit of rain for qualifying, this should spice things up!

    Geordie Guy: Really hoping Button can do better than 10th this week on home turf!

  78. 12:59: 

    The rain has stopped, but there remains a good chance it'll return. The track is wet, but no standing water, so intermediates will be the tyres of choice.

  79. 12:57: 

    We're just minutes away from the start of qualifying. You've got just enough time to get a fresh brew, I reckon.

  80. 12:55: 

    Paddy Lowe on Lewis pulling out of his lap

    "He [Lewis] thought the lap was worse when he bailed out which is a shame because a huge amount of time found in sector 3. In his first run, sector 3 was slower because of the rain - but it became faster as the track dried out. The drying is the bit you can't predict."

    Wolff - on Lewis

    "Very disappointing- there are so many errors you can do in that situation - you can see with Ferrari that you don't have to extract the last few seconds.

    I don't think we're hugely dominant - you saw yesterday that there is still an advantage but it's a matter of time. We can't keep ahead for the whole season."

  81. 12:53: 

    Lewis Hamilton has been on pole position four times in eight races so far this season, however, his last pole came back in May at the Spanish Grand Prix.

  82. 12:49: 

    It's just started raining again at Silverstone. Eleven minutes until qualifying starts.

  83. 12:47: 

    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has suggested he could buy back the sport's commercial rights from owners CVC Capital Partners.

    "It is possible, although one or two other companies are interested and I would not enter an auction," the 83-year-old, who is on trial in Germany accused of bribery, told the Daily Express.

    "Our company has been a very good investment for CVC and it would be a very good investment for me or anyone who owned it.

    "You can make money from it, so it would not be a problem for me to find financial backers. I run it now but it wouldn't make any difference. It just means I would have to buy the shares."

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    Cloe: Today Lewis Hamilton you're going to be be epic! Whatever happens you still look awesome in your GB hat!

    Hannah I can't see Mercedes ever swapping Hamilton for Alonso, they already have one of the best driver pairings on the grid

    Martin Burstow Really hope Jenson Button gets a job on @bbcf1 when he retires!

  85. 12:44: 
    Lee and Lewis

    Lewis Hamilton is in confident mood about his title aspirations. "There's so many reasons as to how to get back - I did it before so there's no reason can't get it back," says the 2008 world champion.

    When asked whether it's better to be battling a team-mate for the title: "I would imagine it's easier battling someone else [from another team] because you almost need someone in between you to take points away from the other driver."

    And on how he is dealing with the pressure, Hamilton said: "If any driver says there's no press that's rubbish. There's always pressure - from yourself and there's hundreds of people in the team and lot of people watching so there's lots of pressure."

  86. 12:38: 
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    On BBC Two Jenson Button and David Coulthard are currently riding Harleys round London and discussing the McLaren driver's love of bikes and the British Grand Prix while also trying to belt out a few tunes including "Born to be wild".

  87. 12:33: 
    A selection of classic cars and former F1 drivers take part in a drivers parade before qualifying.

    Some legendary cars are currently whizzing around the track as part of a number of parades which are taking place to celebrate the 50th British Grand Prix to take place at Silverstone. The likes of Nigel Mansell, Sir Jackie Stewart and Alain Prost are getting behind the wheel again.

  88.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone:

    "Those bothered by the lack of volume produced by the new turbo hybrid engines in F1 may be interested to know that experiments are continue into whether they can be made louder. One potential solution is to change the single exhaust pipes into two.

    "By doing this, according to race director Charlie Whiting, 'you do get more noise'. But there is a concern about its effect on the aerodynamic parts at the rear of the car, 'so it's not a straightforward job'. The next step, Whiting said, 'is to assess whether or not anyone feels this is a worthwhile thing to do. That's where we are.'"

  89. 12:28: 
    Sergio Perez

    Ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix, I spoke to Mexico's Sergio Perez about carrying the weight of a nation as he contests his fourth season in Formula 1.

    "I feel everywhere I go there is support," he says. "They are always cheering for me, always telling me that they woke up in the morning to watch the race and that they are behind me. It makes me very proud."

    You can see the full interview, including a peak behind the scenes at the Force India factory, on BBC World News during the weekend.

  90. 12:25: 
    Eddie Jordan and Marco Mattiacci

    Ferrari boss says the team will retain the current driver line-up of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen next year.

    He described Alonso and Raikkonen as "by far the best drivers in F1" and "a fantastic combination" and he rejected rumours either could quit by insisting both would stay on.

  91. 12:21: 
    Susie Wolff

    Susie Wolff's historic appearance at the British Grand Prix ended after one timed lap after an engine problem forced her to stop on lap two of her first run.

    "Susie had put in a lot of hard work to get to that session," says deputy team boss Claire Williams. "The team were so excited so for that to happen was so disappointing but she handled it with such good grace."

    Wolff will get another chance at the next race in Germany, but Claire Williams confirms that the agreement was for Britain and Germany and there will be no more scope for further opportunities this year to make up for the loss of track.

  92.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone:

    "There has been talk for some time among the teams in F1 about switching to 18-inch wheels - and lower profile tyres - from the current 13-inch, to bring F1 cars more in line with performance road cars. A digital render of a car at a recent strategy group meeting featured a Ferrari on just such a design - although the tyres in that shot had Michelin branding, hinting at the direction the teams want to go after the Pirelli contract ends in 2016.

    "Well, now Pirelli has produced some 18-inch tyres, which will be tried on a Lotus at next week's Silverstone test. A change in wheel and tyre spec in this way would have profound effects on aerodynamics and suspension design, through the change in wheel and tyre profile and the reduced deflection in the tyre, so it is not a change that will be undertaken lightly."

  93. 12:17: 
    Kamui Kobayashi

    It's all change at Caterham, with Tony Fernandes selling the team to a Swiss and Middle Eastern consortium, advised by former Midland and HRT team boss Colin Kolles.

    Ex-Dutch driver Christijan Albers is the new team principal and, having only been in the job a few days, he says the aim is to get 10th place in the constructors' championship.

    That will require them to get points. Something they have yet to do.

  94. 12:15: 
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    Who is your tip for pole position this afternoon, then? Can Lewis Hamilton beat team-mate Nico Rosberg? And if you're at Silverstone, send over your photos from the grandstands, campsites or around the grounds.

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    James: Qualifying o'clock. Mercedes on pole a dead cert, but which one?

    Kat: Qualifying baby, Come on Button! #Pinkforpapa

    Danial Adibi: ‏You've got to love Eddie's shirt. To be honest I have one of those.

  96. 12:10: 

    Final practice was ruined by rain, meaning running was limited. Mercedes didn't even bother heading out on track while Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel did just six laps as he finished fastest ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

  97. 12:05: 

    Welcome to the Home of Motorsport, welcome to the magical track that is Silverstone, welcome to our live coverage of the British Grand Prix.

  98. 12:00: 
    Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton

    The fans have turned up in their tens of thousands in the hope of seeing a British driver take pole position for the British Grand Prix. Jenson Button is likely to feature in the top 10 but it's Lewis Hamilton who has the best chance. He just has to beat his team-mate Nico Rosberg - which is something he's found quite tough of late.

  99. 11:10: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Here's Andrew Benson's final practice report. I'm going to take a quick break before returning at 12:00 BST to begin building up to qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

    Regardless of the fact Red Bull topped the times in final practice, it's hard to see anything other than a Mercedes 1-2. But which Mercedes will start on pole? Not long until we find out. See you in a bit.

  100. 11:06: 
    FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

    1) Vettel 2) Ricciardo 3) Maldonado 4) Grosjean 5) Sutil 6) Kvyat 7) Magnussen 8) Button 9) Bottas 10) Raikkonen

    11) Vergne 12) Gutierrez 13) Massa 14) Hulkenberg 15) Perez 16) Ericsson 17) Bianchi

    18) Kobayashi 19) Chilton 20) Alonso 21) Rosberg 22) Hamilton

  101. 11:03: 

    I'm pretty sure that's the first time Sebastian Vettel has finished fastest in any practice session this year.

    It's not representative, of course, as Mercedes didn't bother to do a lap time and the conditions weren't favourable.

  102. 11:00: 
    CHEQUERED FLAG

    Sebastian Vettel finishes fastest in third and final practice for the British Grand Prix.

  103. 10:58: 

    Most drivers only hit single figures in terms of laps, although Daniil Kvyat did 15 - more than anyone else. Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso - who were the top three in second practice yesterday, haven't done a single timed lap.

  104.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone:

    "A series of rule changes for next season were announced in the days leading up to this race and one of the most important, even if might not seem it from the outside, is the decision to make the skid blocks in the under-floor planks on the cars out of titanium rather than the heavier, more durable tungsten alloy. This will produce sparks from under the car, but that is not the main reason.

    "That is to stop teams using the durability of the metal in the plank, which must not wear by more than 1mm during a race, to allow them to run the cars lower to the ground. Those with long memories may remember TV shots on a thermal camera of the Red Bull's front floor heating up last year, which led to speculation they may have a way of making the floor bend upwards under load, so the car can run lower at speed. It would be easy to jump to the conclusion that this rule change was aimed at stopping teams doing this."

  105. 10:56: 

    Esteban Gutierrez is very fortunate when he touches the kerb on the exit at Copse and the rear end just snaps. The Mexican catches it, but that could have been much worse. When it's wet like this, you do not want to be anywhere near the kerbs.

  106. 10:54: 

    It's been a decent session for Lotus, with Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean third and fourth respectively. The track is still wet, but it's intermediate tyre conditions.

  107.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone:

    "In the dry, Mercedes are looking untouchable at Silverstone so far this weekend, 0.7 seconds faster than Fernando Alonso's Ferrari on single-lap pace and a second clear of Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull on the race run. There is a chink of light, though. Vettel's Daniel Ricciardo split the Mercedes on the hard tyre runs early in Friday's second session, but then failed to improve on the medium, which should be more than half a second faster. And if it's wet, the track should come further towards Red Bull."

  108. 10:51: 
    vettel

    Sebastian Vettel mows the lawn before rejoining and heading back to the pits.

  109. 10:47: 

    It's a Red Bull 1-2 at the moment with Sebastian Vettel quickest on a 1:52.522, one tenth quicker than Daniel Ricciardo. However, neither Mercedes nor Fernando Alonso has bothered to set a lap time.

  110. 10:45: 
    CRASH!
    Jules Bianchi

    This has turned into a miserable session for Marussia. Jules Bianchi locks up at Stowe corner and slides off into the gravel and into the barriers. That's his session over and some repair work for the team.

  111.  
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    Stephen Bark: F1 is always better in the rain. Will make Quali interesting if it stays wet. Mercs won't have it all there own way.

    Stuart W Hill: Grosjean does an impersonation of a Top Gear lap! crowd cheer!

  112. 10:43: 

    "It's not perfect with these conditions but it does not make a lot of sense to run at the moment," says Mercedes co-boss Toto Wolff. "You need to save tyres."

  113. 10:40: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg has yet to complete a flying lap. He's spent most of the session out of the car and keeping an eye on the screens. The German will have plenty of data from yesterday, though, and looks pretty confident ahead of qualifying later on, which starts at 13:00 BST.

  114. 10:37: 
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    Lewis Hamilton is out on track on the intermediate tyres. The Briton will be disappointed with the conditions as he will have hoped to get some more meaningful running after losing 30 minutes in practice on Friday. He has a little off-track excursion, but it's minor and he's soon back on the circuit.

  115.  

    Williams: Is raining and getting harder so track conditions tricky - both our cars waiting in the garage.

  116. 10:33: 
    Jennie Gow interviews a disappointed Max Chilton

    Marussia's Chilton says his session is over because the team have to change the gearbox. That means he'll get a five-place grid penalty. "The best thing you can do is take in as much as you can and learn from it," he says. "It might still be dry for qualifying so it's not the end of the world yet. We have the advantage over the Caterhams again but the Saubers are still just out of reach."

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    Richard Augustine: It just wouldn't be a British GP with some rain would it? But look in the stands it doesn't stop the fans.

  118. 10:28: 

    Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who is speaking to Ben Edwards and Allan McNish from the pitwall, believes his team are just three tenths of a second behind Mercedes when they get everything right, having been a second adrift at the start of the season.

  119. 10:26: 

    McLaren's Kevin Magnussen goes quickest with a 1:153.911 on the intermediate tyre. That's 0.691 seconds quicker than Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne.

  120. 10:24: 
    Spectator tents at the British Grand Prix

    There's always an array of flags in the fields which surround Silverstone and provide fans with somewhere to kip during the race weekend. Nice to see a Damon Hill flag still flying, though it should probably be in a museum as the 1996 world champion retired back in 1999.

  121. 10:20: 

    Force India's Sergio Perez is out of the car and using the time to chat with the team's guests. But out on track, we have some lap times, with Jean-Eric Vergne going quickest with a 1:55.236. His team-mate Daniil Kvyat moves into second with Marcus Ericsson third and Jules Bianchi fourth.

  122. 10:16: 
    The British weather doing its magic at the British Grand Prix

    Wellies and umbrellas are the two must-have items if you've got a ticket for today's action. If you don't have either, I'd say you're in a spot of bother...

  123. 10:14: 

    Tom Clarkson reports that it has started to rain again. He adds that McLaren are not planning to go out again after their installation laps because they don't want to waste tyres in these conditions.

  124. 10:13: 

    Lewis Hamilton is popping in and out of the pits at the moment, focusing on practice starts. No timed laps at the moment, though everyone has completed an installation lap.

  125. 10:11: 
    Ben Edwards and Allan McNish

    "It's an airfield circuit, it's so open and you've got some big grandstands so when you drive past one, suddenly a gust of wind hits you," says BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish, who wearing an EJ-style shirt today.

  126. 10:08: 

    Jenson Button pops out for a spin in the McLaren, the 2009 world champion reporting that there dry patches in places on the track. The intermediate is the tyre of choice at the moment.

  127. 10:04: 

    Will Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen stick around at Ferrari after yet another disappointing start to the season? Well team boss Marco Mattiacci, who took over at Ferrari in April after Stefano Domenicali resigned from the position, thinks so.

    Mattiacci described Alonso and Raikkonen as "by far the best drivers in F1" and "a fantastic combination" and rejected rumours either could quit by insisting both would stay on.

  128. 10:00: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Third practice is up and running. It's not raining and the sky looks brighter but the conditions are pretty greasy out there.

  129. 09:55: 

    We're live on BBC Two and in the video console at the top of this page. Lee McKenzie is your host, with Tom Clarkson and Jennie Gow are in the pits and Ben Edwards and Allan McNish in the commentary box.

  130. 09:50: 

    So we've got one final practice session for you coming up. This will last 60 minutes and provide the teams will an opportunity to do some low-fuel runs ahead of qualifying.

    For Lewis Hamilton, though, we may see him do a high-fuel run having missed the opportunity to do so yesterday following a oil pressure problem in the second session. It'll all depend on how quickly the track dries, though.

  131.  

    BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson: Showers now 20km NW and look set to cross circuit in around 30 minutes so expect a busy start to session.

  132.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone:

    "Welcome to Hamilton v Rosberg chapter nine, part one. Eight races down, four poles and four wins to Hamilton; three wins and three poles, and a 29-point championship lead, to Rosberg. Hamilton knows that another defeat this weekend would do him no favours whatsoever in a title battle he still has every confidence he can win.

    "He struck the first blow on Friday, with fastest time in the qualifying simulation runs in second practice, but then lost his race preparation to an engine problem. Rain adds a wild card into the mix, and possibly a Red Bull or two and maybe even a Ferrari as well."

  133. 09:45: 

    Mercedes were in a league of their own on Friday, with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg way out in front. Hamilton headed Rosberg by 0.228 seconds to strike a psychological blow. Read the report or watch the highlights from that session here.

  134. 09:40: 
    Susie Wolff

    Williams development driver Susie Wolff made history on Friday when she became the first woman to take part in a grand prix weekend in 22 years but an engine problem forced the Briton to stop on lap two of her first run.

    "Really tough day but that's F1 sometimes," said the 31-year-old Scot. "Going out on the track was just the best feeling. When you put your helmet on, that's the best. I had a good feeling out there in the car. It turned out to be a very short run, but I have to keep my head up."

  135.  

    Four-time British Grand Prix winner Nigel Mansell: Good morning everybody to a special 50th Race at Silverstone. Quali should be very interesting today if it stays wet. Straight fight for the Merc drivers! One of the best circuits in the world, and for myself some of the most outstanding corners anywhere.

  136.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone:
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    "In 1988, I sat with my father in the grandstand on the exit of Copse to watch the British Grand Prix. The rain was slanting in from the south end of the track, rendering the cover on the stand useless, and I shivered as every item of clothing I wore became progressively soaked. This has started like one of those days.

    "Many things have changed in F1 and at Silverstone since then but the difficulties of this track in the rain are not one of them. With its patches of standing water and unpredictable rivers, Silverstone is a treacherous place in the wet. Although there is a sense things might brighten up, eventful day is in prospect, although how much running there is in final practice remains to be seen."

  137. 09:34: 

    Morning all and a very warm welcome to our live coverage of third and final practice - followed by qualifying - for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Hopefully for those travelling to the race, you've safely negotiated the M40 or M1 and the A43 with minimal pain this morning and are in position ready for some action, even if it is a bit wet.

  138. 09:30: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    They arrived at Silverstone on Wednesday, pitched up their tents, fired up the BBQs and settled into a deckchair ready for four days of high-octane Formula 1 action at the Home of Motorsport. There were reasons to be cheerful on Friday as Britain's Lewis Hamilton topped the times with McLaren's Jenson Button an impressive seventh. Could we maybe see two Brits on the podium come Sunday? We'll get our next clue shortly.

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 384
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 317
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 238
4 Finland V Bottas Williams 186
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 167
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 161
7 Brazil F Massa Williams 134
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 126
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 96
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 59
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 55
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 55
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 2
18 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
23 W Stevens Caterham 0

Results

After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

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

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