Lewis Hamilton has admitted he is ‘relieved’ to keep pole after stewards chose to take no action over his incident with Romain Grosjean in Q3.
Hamilton took pole position in qualifying but the result was provisional as the stewards investigated whether he illegally impeded the Haas driver in Vale corner.
The stewards studied video and telemetry data and despite concluding that Grosjean “may potentially have been affected by the presence of Hamilton at Turn 16”, determined that “he was not impeded”.
“I’m grateful that the stewards didn’t take any action,” says Hamilton. “I had no intentions of getting in the way of anyone and I didn’t think I was in the way, but that’s definitely a relief.”
The stewards’ decision means that Hamilton will start his home grand prix from pole position for the third consecutive year.
“The weekend’s been great so far, the fans have been exceptional and to be able to pull out a lap like that and make it stick and be able to try and work from that tomorrow is a great feeling,” says Hamilton.
“I want to win this grand prix for this crowd.”
2017 British Grand Prix
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- Pirelli says slow puncture caused Vettel’s tyre failure
- Dominant Hamilton wins Driver of the Weekend
- British GP rates below its average despite late-race drama
- 2017 British Grand Prix team radio transcript