Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian VettelEnlarge Photo
The next quickest was reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing. He ran a 1:37.386 in Q3 to secure a spot at the front of the grid. The next row will be filled by Jenson Button of McLaren and Nico Hulkenberg of Force India, while fifth will be filled by McLaren’s other driver Kevin Magnussen and sixth by Hamilton.
Positions seven through ten will be filled by Force India’s Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne, respectively.
In a major shock, neither Ferrari driver made it past Q1. Fernando Alonso might have made the cut to Q2 but the Spaniard spun off the very slippery Silverstone, while Kimi Räikkönen was simply too slow. The only slower drivers were Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson of Caterham.
Unfortunately, more of the wet stuff is expected tomorrow. Despite this, it should still be a great race as several top drivers—Hamilton, Ricciardo, Alonso and Räikkönen—will need to work their way up to the field.
Going into the race, Nico Rosberg leads the 2014 Drivers’ Championship with a total of 165 points. Lewis Hamilton is second with 136 points, while rounding out the top three is Daniel Ricciardo with 83 points. Mercedes AMG is on an impressive 301 points in the Constructors’ Championship, over twice as many as second-placed Red Bull Racing (143) and three times as much as third-placed Ferrari (98).