Valtteri Bottas celebrates pole at the 2019 British Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas pinched pole from home-crowd favourite Lewis Hamilton by just 0.006 seconds in a tense qualifying battle at the British Grand Prix, but Mercedes didn’t have things all its own way, with Charles Leclerc less than a tenth off pole in his surprisingly quick Ferrari.

Charles Leclerc puts on his helmet

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Lewis Hamilton on track at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Sebastian Vettel on the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix podium.

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Maurizio Arrivabene (Ferrari) and Toto Wolff (Mercedes) in the Friday press conference at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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FIA deputy medical delegate Dr Ian Roberts and FIA medical delegate Alain Chantegret with the F1 medical car

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