Lewis Hamilton delighted a home crowd on Saturday when he stormed to the pole position for the British Formula One Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton clocked 1 minute 29.607 seconds on the 5.891-kilometre course on a sunny afternoon, racing almost half a second faster than Rosberg, who had 1:30.059. It was Hamilton’s second pole of the season and fifth for Mercedes.

World champion Sebastian Vettel was third ahead of Mark Webber in the second row on Sunday’s grid. Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen was ninth and Fernando Alonso 10th for Ferrari.

Vettel commands the standings with 132 points from seven races ahead of Alonso (96), Raikkonen (88) and Hamilton (77).

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