2014 British Formula 1 Grand Prix - Qualifying

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Welcome to live text coverage of qualifying for the British Grand Prix!
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The rain has stopped between sessions, but dark clouds remain over the circuit
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Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo set the pace in a wet final practice session, although Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, all opted against posting lap times
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Medium and Hard tyre compounds to Silverstone
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But as Williams alluded to, Intermediates and Wets are likely to be in use this afternoon
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In terms of DRS, there are two DRS zones in place
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The first comes between Turns 5 and 6, with the second following along Hangar Straight
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The drivers are gradually getting strapped into their cars
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Hamilton is running through some final notes with his engineers
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Air and track temperatures are similar to FP3 at 15°C and 21°C respectively
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Drivers are eagerly lining up at the end of the pit lane
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The green light switches on and Q1 gets underway!
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Chilton is the first man out for Marussia
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Cars are streaming onto the track in the early moments
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All drivers are on the Intermediate tyres
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Hamilton reports that the track is fairly dry
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Chilton is the first to post a time, lapping in 1:48.080
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Umbrellas are going up around the circuit, with further rain falling
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After a flurry of opening times, Hamilton leads on 1:43.676
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Ricciardo is second, ahead of Rosberg, Vettel and Alonso
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Massa has a wild moment heading onto the Hangar Straight, but keeps his car facing in the right direction
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The Williams driver admitted to being behind schedule after his heavy FP1 accident
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Massa moves up to fifth, edging out former team-mate Alonso
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Bottas slots in front of Massa with his first timed attempt
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Kobayashi has gone out on Medium tyres
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The McLaren drivers have done the same
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Kobayashi comes straight back in, with the track conditions seemingly too wet
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With less than five minutes remaining, the drop zone consists of: GRO, KVY, SUT, CHI, ERI, KOB
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Gutierrez, on Mediums, goes fastest
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Button moves to the front on 1:39.791, but he appeared to put all four wheels off track at the final corner
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Improvements coming thick and fast as the track dries up
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Ericsson went off track at Becketts, but managed to recover
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Kvyat now leads on 1:41.032, ahead of Bianchi and Hulkenberg
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Rosberg goes fastest, with Hamilton up to third
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Alonso has spun and is out of the session!
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Ferrari team-mate Raikkonen has also failed to make it through
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Williams duo Bottas and Massa join the Ferrari duo on the sidelines
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Out in Q1: BOT, MAS, ALO, RAI, ERI, KOB
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Plenty of drama in the opening segment, with two more on the way...
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For reference, the top 10 drivers in Q1 were: ROS, KVY, HAM, BIA, HUL, CHI, PER, MAG, SUT, VER
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Red Bull drivers Ricciardo and Vettel just made it through in 15th and 16th
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After a short break, Q2 begins!
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Unsurprisingly, lots of cars immediately head out
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Sutil made it through but ended Q1 in the gravel so will take no further part
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Hamilton is the early Q2 leader on 1:44.639
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Mercedes team-mate Rosberg is second, six tenths back
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Vettel has had a time deleted for running wide at Copse
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Ricciardo has split the Mercedes duo
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Vettel is told to pit, with drivers set to switch to slicks again
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Rosberg has headed out on Mediums
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Button is up to fourth, ahead of the Toro Rosso drivers
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Rosberg goes fastest with a 1:42.730
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Slicks certainly seem like the way to go at the moment
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Bianchi now quickest on 1:39.721
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Vergne and Vettel slot ahead of the Marussia driver
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Chilton goes fourth, just behind team-mate Bianchi
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Rosberg returns to P1, clocking a 1:35.179
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We're all set for another hectic conclusion...
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Hamilton edges Rosberg by 0.179 seconds
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Gutierrez is in the wall, bringing out the yellow flags
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That could put an end to rivals' hopes of improving...
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Kvyat goes fifth for Toro Rosso
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Grosjean and Bianchi just miss out in 11th and 12th
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Replays show Gutierrez losing control at Luffield, before sliding across the grass and into the barrier
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Out in Q2: GRO, BIA, CHI, GUT, MAL, SUT
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A fantastic effort from Marussia, with Bianchi 12th and Chilton 13th
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But remember, Chilton will lose five places for his gearbox change
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Gutierrez is another with a penalty; he will drop to the back of the grid for tomorrow's race
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The final shootout is underway!
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As expected, the drivers are quick to head back out
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Vettel the only man waiting a little longer to depart
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Mediums tyres are being used on all 10 cars
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Kvyat and Vergne set the early Q3 pace
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Perez jumps ahead in his Force India
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Ricciardo slots into second position
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Hamilton storms to the front with a 1:39.232
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Rosberg goes second, just under two tenths back
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Rain is getting heavier, with drivers beginning to struggle again
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As a side note, Maldonado and Perez are both under investigation for blocking
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Magnussen breaks the silence in his McLaren
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He is followed by Vettel, as the drivers gear up for their final runs
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Ricciardo, Kvyat and Vergne the only drivers in the pits
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The other drivers are battling for temperature on the Mediums
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A flurry of improvements coming in the final stages...
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Vettel goes fastest, before Rosberg steals the top spot!
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Hamilton has pitted and is tumbling down the order
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Button goes third, ahead of Hulkenberg and Magnussen
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Hamilton ends up sixth, with Perez, Ricciardo, Kvyat and Vergne completing the top 10
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A dramatic end to a thrilling qualifying hour at Silverstone!
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Stay tuned to the website for a full report plus the latest news and photos
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We will be back for Sunday's race which gets underway at 1pm local time (GMT +1)