Daniel Ricciardo speaks with Red Bull team officials during the qualifying session at Silverstone. (AP: Andrew Boyers)
Daniel Ricciardo’s hopes of a sixth straight podium finish have been cruelled, as he will start from the back of the grid at the British Formula One Grand Prix.
Ricciardo, winner in Azerbaijan last month, will sit in 20th place on the grid at Silverstone after his car halted on the track with a suspected turbo failure during the qualifying session.
The incident caused a delay, with race officials bringing out the red flags.
Ricciardo had already been slapped with a five-place grid penalty because he changed the gearbox on his Red Bull before it had been used in six consecutive Formula One races.
“Better [to have problems] today than tomorrow,” said Ricciardo, who is fourth in the drivers’ championships.
“But better to not to have them at all.”
Ricciardo was fourth in Austria last week and aside from his Azerbaijan triumph, he has also managed top-three placings in Spain, Monaco and Canada this season.
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for his home grand prix for the third year in a row with a sensational lap that left the Briton one step away from Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.
His championship-leading Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel, who has a 20-point advantage after nine of 20 races, qualified third on a drying track after steady drizzle throughout the morning.
Hamilton was half a second quicker than Ferrari’s second-placed Kimi Raikkonen and his time of one minute and 26.600 seconds was so outrageously quick there were gasps before the crowd erupted.
“I always try to leave the best to last,” Hamilton said.
“I needed to make sure I got that lap in. I didn’t do in the last race (in Austria) so I really made sure I saved it this weekend.”
Hamilton cleared following Grosjean incident
Hamilton still faced a nervous wait while stewards investigated an incident involving Frenchman Romain Grosjean, who complained he had been blocked by the Mercedes driver.
They swiftly decided to take no further action, to Grosjean’s evident disgust.
“I was impeded today. Maybe if it was another driver there would have been something,” he said.
Hamilton’s mastery lit up an overcast afternoon and the pole was the 67th of his career and sixth of the season, giving him every chance of equalling Schumacher’s record 68 before the August break.
The triple world champion has won the last three British Grands Prix and can equal the late Jim Clark’s feat of four home wins in a row, and five in total.