The McLaren-Mercedes drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen took third and fifth on the grid for this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Both drivers gambled on returning to the track in the final moments and maximised the increased grip in the final sector to leap up into the top five.
Button took his best qualifying result since the Brazilian Grand Prix of 2012, and his best Silverstone qualifying result since 2005. He thought he had blown his lap in the opening sector after making a mistake, but was delighted to end up third on the grid after the final sector proved to be much quicker than he had previously done.
“At the start of the session, I was really looking...
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