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Hamilton secures pole for British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton takes the plaudits for his pole position. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton gave an emphatic performance in front of his home crowd to secure pole position for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who trails his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 11 points in the championship, had his first lap deleted by the stewards for exceeding track limits. But the fired-up Briton returned to the Silverstone circuit to set an even quicker time to leave Rosberg trailing in his wake.

Rosberg will line up alongside his team-mate on the front row for Sunday's race but he was one third of a second slower than Hamilton.

Red Bull secured the second row with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo third and fourth on the grid.

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Hamilton fastest again at Silverstone as Ericsson crashes

World champion Lewis Hamilton waves to his fans. Credit: PA

Home favourite Lewis Hamilton led the way in final practice for the British Grand Prix as Marcus Ericsson walked away unscathed from a huge shunt.

While Hamilton, quickest in both sessions at Silverstone on Friday, topped the timesheets once more - his best lap just 0.063 seconds faster than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg - the one-hour session was heavily disrupted following Ericsson's crash.

With 20 minutes remaining, the Swedish driver lost control of his Sauber on the exit of Stowe before hitting the inside barrier head-on at high speed.

The force of the impact saw Ericsson sustain significant damage to his Sauber, but the 25-year-old walked away from the accident. The red flags were immediately deployed and Ericsson was given a once-over by medical staff at the scene of the crash.

While he appeared fine, his participation in qualifying later on Saturday is in doubt following the damage sustained to his car.

Mercedes F1 rule out team orders for Hamilton and Rosberg

Hamilton and Rosberg at the Austrian GP post-qualifying press conference. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be free to race for the remainder of the Formula One season, Mercedes have said in a statement.

Hamilton and Rosberg, who crashed on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix, were hauled in front of Mercedes bosses Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe at the team's Brackley headquarters for crisis talks on Thursday.

A furious Wolff had threatened to impose team orders following their third collision in five races, but Rosberg and Hamilton, who the German leads by 11 points heading into Sunday's British Grand Prix, are now set to continue their battle on the track.

Mercedes did stress, however, that team orders could still be used as a "last resort".

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Hamilton and Rosberg collide at Spanish Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg's car is carried off the track. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are out of the Spanish Grand Prix after they collided on the opening lap.

Hamilton, starting from pole position, lost the lead to Rosberg and in attempting to pass his Mercedes team-mate he ran on to the grass at turn three.

The world champion then lost control of his car, spun, and crashed into Rosberg. Both drivers ended up in the gravel trap at turn four with Hamilton holding his head in his hands.

Rosberg on pole in Russia as Hamilton suffers engine failure

Nico Rosberg (centre) celebrates his pole in Russia. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton's troubled defence to his Formula One title took another twist on Saturday after an engine failure prevented him from battling for pole position for Sunday's Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, already under investigation from the stewards for failing to negotiate a block placed in the run-off area at turn two, is set to start only 10th.

And to make matters worse for the triple world champion, Nico Rosberg, whom he trails by 36 points in the race for the title, claimed pole to leave him as the overwhelming favourite to seal his fourth victory from as many grands prix this season.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel qualified second, but his five-placed grid penalty promotes the Williams of Valtteri Bottas on to the front row with Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) third.

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