Hamilton hails “a special day” after scoring Silverstone pole

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Lewis Hamilton was delighted to score his third pole position for the British Grand Prix on Saturday at Silverstone, calling it “a special day.”

Hamilton edged out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by just 0.113 seconds in the final stage of qualifying to score the 46th pole of his Formula 1 career, taking him clear of Sebastian Vettel for third place in the all-time standings.

The British driver has now claimed eight pole positions from nine races in 2015, but felt that this one was particularly important given that it came in front of his home fans.

“It’s a special day,” Hamilton said. “It’s special when you get the pole here on your home turf and when you see all those fans out there.

“So many people have come today and this weekend and they really do motivate me through the weekend. It’s particularly special when you do get the pole.”

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Hamilton had been struggling for pace during practice on Friday, and admitted that his setup was still not completely to his liking during qualifying.

However, the Briton hopes that it will suit him better in the race as he goes in search of a third victory at his home grand prix.

“Generally it’s not been the smoothest of weekends,” Hamilton admitted. “It’s been a bit up and down in terms of setup and balance and getting laps.

“I made some changes to the car ahead of qualifying which was perhaps not spectacular for a qualy lap, but hopefully will be good for the race.

“But I’m really, really happy. Once I got to Q3 I could just go all out and get that lap in. Incredibly happy. My brother’s here with me as well which is great, so a big thank you to everyone for the support.”

The British Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.

Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course

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This past weekend riders took on the Red Bull Imagination, a one-of-a-kind event conceived by Tyler Bereman – an event that blended art, imagination, and sports.

In its third year, Red Bull Imagination opened to the public for the first-time, inviting fans to experience a more personal and creative side of the riders up close and personal.

As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.

“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.

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Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.

Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.

Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.

He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.

Tyler Bereman uses one of Red Bull Imagination’s unique jumps. Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool

Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.

The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.

With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.

Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.