Bottas denies team-mate Hamilton pole at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton was denied pole position for the British Grand Prix by just six thousandths of a second.

Valtteri Bottas will start from the front at Silverstone despite Hamilton's last-gasp effort to usurp his Mercedes team-mate.

Mercedes locked out the front row for Sunday's race with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc third ahead of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. Pierre Gasly starts fifth with Sebastian Vettel a disappointing sixth.

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, center, celebrates with team members after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 14, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton waves the Union flag as he celebrates in parc ferme after victory in the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. - Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the Formula One championship on Sunday after winning the British Grand Prix for a record sixth time. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (C) waves the Union flag as he celebrates in parc ferme after victory in the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. - Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the Formula One championship on Sunday after winning the British Grand Prix for a record sixth time. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton waves the Union flag as he celebrates in parc ferme after victory in the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. - Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the Formula One championship on Sunday after winning the British Grand Prix for a record sixth time. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (left) celebrates winning the British Grand with Prix during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Members of the British Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, perform ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Michael Douglas (R) and his wife, British actor Catherine Zeta-Jones (C) in the pit-lane ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton at the first corner during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton at the first corner during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Daniel Craig (right) during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Tania Nell, Mo Farah and Dynamo (left to right) during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
British Union flags flutter in the breeze above the grandstand during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi goes off the track during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc (R) leads Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen (L) during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen (R) leads Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc (L) during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 leads Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 on lap one during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 14, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (L) leads his teammate Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton into the first corner during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (L) leads his teammate Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton into the first corner during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 leads Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 14, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 Honda on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 14, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Valtteri Bottas driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 14, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton speaks to Jenson Button during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester.
Steve Coogan during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester.
Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 14, 2019 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel makes a pit stop during the race REUTERS/Matthew Childs/Pool
Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 14, 2019 Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel crash during the race REUTERS/John Sibley
In an incredibly close qualifying session at Silverstone, Valtteri Bottas narrowly beat Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc to grab pole.
Mercedes locked out the front row for Sunday's race with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, front, steers his car followed by Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly of France during the third free practice at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherland's steers his car during the qualifying session at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Third placed Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco greets his funs after the qualifying session at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland celebrates after he clocked the fastest time during the qualifying session at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy steers his car during the third free practice at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco steers his car during the third free practice at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) shakes hands with Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc (R) after the qualifying session at Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 13, 2019 for of the British Formula One Grand Prix. - Valtteri Bottas will start the British Grand Prix from pole position after edging his Mercedes teammate and current championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 0.006 seconds in qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the third free practice at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc waves to the crowd during qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)
Torro Rosso Alexander Albon during qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (left), Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc after qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Pierre Gasly during qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
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English singer Mable presents Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas with the pole position award after qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ferrari's Charles LeClerc during third practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester.
Mercedes Valtteri Bottas during qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Pole position qualifier Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP shakes hands with third place qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 13, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Second place qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 13, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (R) chats with Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) after securing pole position in the qualifying session at Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 13, 2019 for of the British Formula One Grand Prix. - Valtteri Bottas will start the British Grand Prix from pole position after edging his Mercedes teammate and current championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 0.006 seconds in qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hamilton was bidding to secure his fifth consecutive pole at the Northamptonshire circuit, but the world champion made a critical error on his first run in the shootout for pole.

The Briton wobbled through Brooklands, temporarily losing control of his Mercedes, to leave him well behind Bottas ahead of the final runs.

Hamilton attempted to make amends for his error, but despite improving on his time it would prove no match for the Finn – Bottas ending Hamilton's streak of four poles.

"It wasn't good enough," said Hamilton, 34, in front of a flat British crowd. "We worked hard but it got away from us.

"I had that mistake on the first lap and the second one wasn't that great.

"Tomorrow is a long race, but we have got a great crowd here so hopefully I can do something.

"It is the best grand prix of the whole year. Without people like this to fill it up, and bring energy it would be nothing, so that is why we have got the best fans in England."

Bottas added: "It feels good. It has been close all weekend with Lewis and it was great to get in a good lap and get pole.

"I knew that the first lap was good but it was not perfect. I should have improved in the second run. It is easy to make mistakes so I am happy to be on top."

Leclerc ran the Mercedes drivers close, finishing one tenth shy of Bottas at an overcast and blustery Silverstone, but his Ferrari team-mate Vettel has struggled here.

The German, already 76 points behind Hamilton in the championship, was seven tenths off the pace.

British teenager Lando Norris will line up from eighth in his maiden home event following another encouraging weekend. His McLaren team-mate Carlos Sainz qualified 13th, three tenths off Norris.

George Russell meanwhile, retained his immaculate record against Robert Kubica, finishing half-a-second clear of his Williams team-mate, albeit 19th of the 20 runners.

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