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British Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas on pole position, Lewis Hamilton second

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Sunday’s race is live on 5 live and the BBC sport website at 14:10 BST

Valtteri Bottas beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position by the tiniest of margins at the British Grand Prix.

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Hamilton can become the most successful driver ever at the British Grand Prix with victory on Sunday

What they said

Bottas: “It reminds you why you do it. It has been really close all weekend with Lewis but I just managed to get a good lap and beat him to pole.

“The first lap was good but not perfect and I should have improved on the second run but I couldn’t get the lap together.”

Hamilton: “Congratulations to Valtteri. He did a solid job throughout qualifying but ultimately [I was] not good enough. At the end, I had that mistake on the first lap and the second one wasn’t that great.”

As he was cheered by the crowd during his post-qualifying interview, Hamilton added: “It’s the best grand prix of the year. These tracks are great but without people to fill it up and bring energy, it’s nothing. We have the best fans here.”

Leclerc: “In Q2 we were quite good but then in Q3 Mercedes turned up the engine a little bit and they were very, very quick. Also round the corners is where we need to improve and we know it. Third is the best we could do and I am very happy about it.”

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