Qualy: Third Silverstone pole Hamilton

It was the perfect result for Lewis Hamilton and the British fans as the World Champion edged his team-mate to the coveted grid slot at Silverstone.

With the track temperature up to 41'C and the wind having died down a tad, Q3 for the British Grand Prix resulted in a head-to-head fight between the Mercedes drivers for pole position.

Home favourite and defending British GP Champ Hamilton seized the early advantage with a 1:32.248.

That time was closely matched by Nico Rosberg, who was just 0.113s down as the duo pitted after their first run.

A second – and final run – on brand new medium tyres saw Hamilton leave the pits ahead of Rosberg.

However, down on his previous best, he pulled into the pits instead of completing his lap while Rosberg went onto finish his but he too fell short.

Hamilton held onto pole position, the 46th of his career, while Rosberg was second. Hamilton is now third on the list for career poles in F1.

Felipe Massa pipped team-mate Valtteri Bottas to third place with the Williams drivers the only ones to get within a second of Hamilton's P1 time.

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel will make up the third row of the grid as the Finn outqualified his team-mate while Daniil Kvyat was seventh ahead of Carlos Sainz.

Nico Hulkenberg, in the revised VJM08, was ninth while Daniel Ricciardo completed the top ten.

In Q1 Felipe Nasr was the fifth driver to join McLaren and Manor in failing to progress.

It was a session in which six drivers had a lap time deleted for exceeding the track limits at Turn 9.

Earlier in the day, FIA race director Charlie Whiting warned that the race stewards would take a "zero tolerance" approach to anyone exceeding the track limits especially at Copse.

It was a similar story in Q2 as several drivers fell foul at Turn 9, including Sergio Perez.

The Mexican racer set a time that would have seen him make it into Q3, however, he was stripped of it for putting all four wheels off the track at Copse.

As a result, he finished P11, ahead of Romain Grosjean, Max Verstappen, Pastor Maldonado and Marcus Ericsson.

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.248
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.361 0.113
3 Felipe Massa Williams 1:33.085 0.837
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:33.149 0.901
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:33.379 1.131
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.547 1.299
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:33.636 1.388
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:33.649 1.401
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:33.673 1.425
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:33.943 1.695
11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:34.084
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:34.289
13 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:34.502
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:34.511
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:34.868
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:34.888
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:34.959
18 Jenson Button McLaren 1:35.207
19 Will Stevens Manor 1:37.364
20 Roberto Merhi Manor 1:39.377