Rosberg summoned to stewards after qualifying

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The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is the home Grand Prix for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team (they may be German, but their headquarters is 10 minutes down the road in Brackley), so a strong performance at Silverstone is even more special for them than usual.

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton produced a superlative performance in front of his home crowd to take pole position at the Silverstone circuit for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

The FIA sets a maximum time between the two safety vehicle lines - positioned after the pit lane exit and before the pit lane entrance - to try to prevent accidents caused by differences in speed between drivers on hot laps and drivers on in- or out-laps.

The Mercedes driver had been called to the stewards office to explain why one of his laps was so slow, well over two minutes, which is in breach of Article 27.5 of the Sporting Regulations.

"I don't know why, just in those moments it's when I am the most excited", said the driver, who is 11 points adrift of championship leader Rosberg with 12 races remaining.

Hamilton said he was thinking to himself "what happens if I lock up at turn one" as he drove down the pitlane but he banished the doubts.

With the Mercedes drivers on a warning of being fired if they crash again, it's going to be interesting to see how the race pans out.

'The penultimate lap was a very good lap which unfortunately was taken away, ' said the 31-year-old.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel qualified sixth but will have a five place grid penalty for the second race in a row due to a gearbox change. "We are strong compared to the cars behind us, but it seems like the Mercedes has a turbo button".

German Nico Hulkenberg was eighth for Force India ahead of the two Spaniards Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso and two-time champion Fernando Alonso in the resurgent McLaren.

Like Hamilton, Alonso had his best lap deleted for "exceeding the track limits", an action that dropped him from eighth to 10th.

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