Valtteri Bottas will be starting the 70th anniversary Grand Prix from pole position after edging out teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.06s at Silverstone.
Hamilton initially looked to have the better of his teammate in qualifying, but the Finn saved his best for last, with Racing Point stand-in driver Nico Hulkenberg completing the top three.
The German was comfortably ahead of his teammate Lance Stroll, and will be joined on the second row by Max Verstappen.
Daniil Kvyat was a surprise casualty in Q1, as his AlphaTauri seemed to have good pace, but he set his fastest time after running wide and exceeding track limits, resulting in his best lap being deleted.
His teammate had no such problems, as Pierre Gasly qualified seventh, getting the better of Red Bull’s Alexander Albon and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Sebastian Vettel looked ragged in his Ferrari as he pushed for a spot in the top 10, but he couldn’t join his teammate in Q3, while Carlos Sainz also missed out on a spot in the final part of qualifying for the first time in 2020.
Daniel Ricciardo was the only Renault driver to take part in Q3, and he continued his strong display from last weekend with a solid fifth placed.
Provisional qualifying result:
1 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
3. Nico Hulkenberg (Racing Point)
4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
5. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
6. Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
7. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
8. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
9. Alexander Albon (Red Bull)
10. Lando Norris (McLaren)
11. Esteban Ocon (Renault)
12. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
13. Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
14. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
15. George Russell (Williams)
16. Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri)
17. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
18. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
19. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
20. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)