Samples 2016 British Grand Prix Edition - Page 144

QUALIFYING REPORT “Lewis in Silverstone with the crowd behind him, it gives him an extra one tenth,” said the team’s non-executive chairman Niki Lauda. Rosberg, who has an 11 point advantage over Hamilton after nine of 11 races, was due to line up in second place but was summoned to see stewards for an alleged rules breach at the start of qualifying. After meeting with the Mercedes driver and a team representative, FIA race stewards soon ruled that no offence had been committed. Mercedes team bosses are sure to be watching nervously on race day after collisions between their drivers in three of the last five races. Hamilton and Rosberg have been told they are on a final warning, with new rules of engagement and the threat of tough sanctions if they make contact again to the detriment of the dominant Mercedes team. Dutch teenager Max Verstappen out-qualified his Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo for the first time since his promotion to the senior team from Toro Rosso, with the pair filling the second row with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fifth. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualified sixth but will have a five place grid penalty for the second race in a row due to a gearbox change.