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LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Home favourite Lewis Hamilton grabbed pole position for Sunday’s British Grand Prix F1 race and he will have his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg alongside him on the frontline.

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This was the first pole position for Hamilton since the Chinese Grand Prix in April.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Hamilton. “It feels like [previous Silverstone pole] 2007.

“The crowd have been great – such a great turnout – that was a lap for them. I hope we can do something special in the race.”

Hamilton, who battled the wet conditions throughout the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, recorded a time of 1:29.607 in the third qualifying round, with Rosberg, the Monaco Grand Prix winner, 0.452 behind him.

“It’s definitely a great feeling to have the fastest car and the Mercedes team did a great job,” Rosberg said.

“We are confident we have improved and some of the other cars may be better than us but finishing top two can only be good for us.”

Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and the outgoing Mark Webber are next fastest qualifiers and Hamilton is expecting a tough battle on Sunday.

In fact, the Mercedes driver believes that Red Bull, who currently leads the overall team points standing, will be “very hard to beat” at the British Grand Prix.

“Red Bull have been dominant throughout the year,” he said.

“We are getting closer but I don’t feel we are there yet.

“We’ll do what we can. We’re in the best position to fight.”

Hamilton added: “Undoubtedly it’s going to be tough to keep Sebastian behind us, but our long-run pace wasn’t as bad as we’ve seen in the past, so I’m hoping with the temperatures and a bit of care we can nurture the tyres to get a good result.

“I’m going to be pushing, giving my all, as I’m sure Nico will, to finish up ahead.”

“We’re not even certain we can stay ahead of the Red Bulls so what’s the point of even thinking about [winning]?” he said. “We’re just going to put as much positive energy as we can towards it and we’ll do the best job we can.”