Russell takes pole in British 1-2-3 at Silverstone

George Russell has led Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes front-row lockout in qualifying for the British grand prix with McLaren's Lando Norris completing a 1-2-3 of home drivers.

Red Bull's Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen qualified fourth, after damaging his car by running wide and bouncing across the gravel in the first phase. McLaren's Australian driver Oscar Piastri was fifth.

"What a feeling, what a feeling," said Russell, the winner in Austria last weekend, as the fans cheered and the achievement of a first home pole sunk in.

"At the start of this year we couldn't have even dreamt of being on pole here and one-two for us and Lando P3, it's just mega.

Oscar Piastri
Australian Oscar Piastri has qualified his McLaren for the third row of the grid at the Silverstone. (AP PHOTO)

"This is definitely one of the best feelings I've ever had on a Saturday afternoon."

Russell had been on provisional pole by a knife-edge from Norris after the first flying laps but the Mercedes drivers made sure of the one-two with their final efforts.

Hamilton went fastest of the three, Norris returned to the pits after an error and Russell then grabbed pole from his team mate at the chequered flag with a lap of one minute 25.819 seconds.

Hamilton set a time of 1:25.990 and Norris 1:26.030.

"I'm happy with P3. Three Brits lock out the top three, so pretty cool," said Norris. "A little mistake on my part at the end but P3 is still good."

"Three Brits in the top three is incredible," Hamilton said. "This is huge for us (Mercedes). The car felt great."

While Mercedes and McLaren had plenty of room for optimism, Red Bull stumbled.

Verstappen uttered an expletive over the team radio after momentarily sliding off track and riding over some gravel. He was way off the pace in Q1, which was led by Hamilton, and again in Q2, which Norris led.

Verstappen's under-performing team mate Sergio Perez fell at the first hurdle, spinning off and beaching his car in the gravel early in the first session.

The Mexican qualified 19th, ahead of only Alpine's Pierre Gasly who already knew he would be starting last due to engine penalties.

Perez has scored a mere 15 points in his last five races, a meagre haul at a time when Red Bull are facing a challenge from resurgent McLaren, and is under pressure despite having his contract extended last month.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc provided the shock of the second session, ending up 11th while Williams's Alex Albon and Haas's Nico Hulkenberg both went through and qualified ninth and sixth respectively.

with agencies