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Daniel Ricciardo qualified behind his teammate for the first time this season. Photo: Mark ThompsonFor the first time this season Daniel Ricciardo has qualified behind a Red Bull teammate and will start fourth in Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Nanjing Night Net

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claimed his third consecutive pole position ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg in 1.29.606.

Ricciardo’s qualifying pace has been a highlight of his season so far, but on Saturday he struggled to match Max Verstappen throughout the three sessions. The Dutchman ended qualifying with a best time of 1.30.313, ahead of Ricciardo on 1.30.618.

“Just wasn’t the best day out there for me,” Ricciardo said on Fox Sports. “Still, tomorrow is all to play for and still pushing.”

Reminded it was the first time he’d been out-qualified by a teammate this season, Ricciardo said:  “That sucks. It sucks getting beat in any case … you’d like to go through a perfect season … just the low speed at the last chicane, I just couldn’t get through there.”

The Australian said Mercedes again looked well ahead of the rest of the field, but he felt third place was  up for grabs.

“That’s that, I didn’t really get the 100 percent out of it today but tomorrow is obviously points day … and get on the podium that’s my target,” he said. “I think Ferrari will give us a bit of a run for our money in the race, but I think that third place is up for grabs.”

For his part Verstappen seemed not surprised to have bested Ricciardo saying:  “I think in general I’ve been unlucky the last two qualifying … I really enjoyed it, the car was performing.”

Turn nine, among other corners, caused problems for drivers throughout the day, with officials enforcing track limits that caused some to have their lap time deleted.

Hamilton fell foul of the ruling in the final qualifying session and had his first fast time struck out and was forced to do one flying lap. As usual the world champion rose to the challenge, putting in  a blistering lap that clearly put Rosberg in the shade.

It was Hamilton’s fourth pole position at his home race, a feat he was clearly delighted with.

“I think we had really good pace … the penultimate lap was a very good lap, which unfortunately was taken away,” Hamilton said. “A lot of pressure for that last lap, but I was just sitting in the garage and I knew i couldn’t let the guys down.”

Rosberg said he would look forward to a better performance in the race itself.

The Ferrari’s of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finished fifth and sixth fastest in Q3, but Vettel will start from 11th after copping a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat had another day to forget, finishing qualifying two in 15th position, while his temmate Carlos Sainz went into the final session and finished Q3 ninth fastest.

Kyvat started the year as Ricciardo’s teammate at Red Bull but was dropped in favour of Verstappen after a scrappy start to the season.

Earlier, the final practice session was delayed when Swedish Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson crashed heavily on the exit of Stowe corner. He  was taken to hospital for medical checks and did not take part in qualifying. He will need permission from officials in order to start in the Grand Prix.

Going into the race, Rosberg leads the world championship on 153 points from Hamilton on 142, with the Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen both on 96. Ricciardo is fifth  on 88, with Verstappen closing in on 72 points courtesy of last week’s good form and his win earlier this year in Spain.

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