Hamilton edges Vettel in rain-hit final practice at Silverstone

Hamilton edges Vettel in rain-hit final practice at Silverstone

Qualifying session 2 from the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Saturday 1. The shield is still an initiative that is facing criticism, as all cockpit alterations are, but getting it on track is the best measure of success.

Grosjean of Haas had claimed he was blocked and had lost three-tenths of a second, adding that Hamilton had made no effort to move aside.

"I was coming around to start my lap, Valtteri [Bottas] was up ahead, so I was, as we all do, trying to get the space".

This morning's one-hour session started in dry, albeit cold conditions, but the rain arrived in the closing moments. "I had no indication from the team that there was anyone coming and I think I just got away without blocking him".

The result sees Hamilton equal Jim Clark's record of five pole positions at the British Grand Prix, while he is now just one short of Michael Schumacher's overall F1 pole record.

This is because their medium long run choice somewhat suggests their strategy will be a definitive one-stop, starting on the softs and changing to the mediums. "We are up for better safety, but it's not up for us to come up with a solution or say we want this or this".

"It felt ok, but the conditions were not easy, changing a lot", said Raikkonen.

When it was put to Horner that it would probably be wet in Britain, he replied: "It probably won't be, knowing Silverstone!" Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:29.431 7.

Toro Rosso duo Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz were 12th and 14th respectively, sandwiching McLaren-Honda's Fernando Alonso - who has a 30-place grid penalty - in P13.

Some 100,000 spectators watched the F1 Live event in London, with all the drivers apart from Hamilton putting on a tyre-smoking display.

Bottas qualified fourth, but will drop to ninth place after a grid penalty for a gearbox change earlier this weekend.

Of course, much of these changes comes with the way that the former head of F1, Bernie Ecclestone, ran things, with a focus on the coffers.

They swiftly decided to take no further action. Marcus Ericsson also took a trip across the gravel after he spun in his Sauber.

"He was taking a couple of days off. Can you imagine what I was doing when I was driving racing cars?" A gesticulation and a message aimed at the stewards followed.