Hamilton rallies to British GP pole after track limits scare

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Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s British Grand Prix from pole position after bouncing back from a track limits scare to beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in Q3 at Silverstone.

After posting the fastest ever lap around the current layout of Silverstone in Q2, Hamilton found yet more time on his first run in Q3 to go two-tenths of a second faster than Rosberg after their first runs.

However, with the FIA taking a zero-tolerance approach to track limits at Silverstone, Hamilton’s lap was deleted after he was found to have run wide at Turn 9, leaving him with just one lap to try and beat Rosberg.

Hamilton ventured out onto the track for his second run, knowing his final lap would be the last chance he had to beat Rosberg. Despite going slower in the second sector, the Briton found plenty of time in sector three to go three-tenths of a second faster.

Rosberg was unable to improve with his final lap, handing Hamilton a popular pole position as cheers went up in the grandstands.

Max Verstappen finished third for Red Bull, beating teammate Daniel Ricciardo for the first time this season in qualifying as the Australian ended Q3 in fourth place.

Kimi Raikkonen bounced back from an error-strewn Q2 to finish fifth overall, over half a second clear of teammate Sebastian Vettel who was left to finish P6. Vettel will drop to 11th on the grid by virtue of his grid penalty.

Valtteri Bottas qualified seventh-fastest ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr., while Fernando Alonso ended the session 10th after he too had his lap deleted for exceeding track limits.

Sergio Perez narrowly missed out on a place in Q3 thanks to Hulkenberg, finishing Q2 just behind his teammate in P11. Felipe Massa had a session to forget, qualifying 12th ahead of the Haas pair of Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez.

Daniil Kvyat’s difficult season continued as he finished 15th for Toro Rosso, ahead only of Renault’s Kevin Magnussen in Q2, whose sole run at the end of the session left him seven seconds off Hamilton at the top.

Jenson Button’s rotten run at Silverstone continued as he qualified 17th, unable to get out late in Q1 while his rivals improved. The Briton will line up alongside compatriot Jolyon Palmer on the grid, with the Manor duo of Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein following in 19th and 20th respectively.

Felipe Nasr was the sole Sauber driver to take part in qualifying following Marcus Ericsson’s crash in practice earlier in the day. Ericsson was taken to a hospital in Oxford for a check-up due to the severity of the crash, leaving him 22nd overall. Nasr could only finish 21st, making it an all-Sauber back row at Silverstone.

The British Grand Prix is live on CNBC and the NBC Sports app from 7:30am ET on Sunday.

Vicki Golden and 805 Beer tell a unique story from an Inverted Perspective


Vicki Golden has earned a career worthy of a thousand stories and 805 Beer tells at least one of them, as “Inverted Perspective” premiered March 30 on the company’s website and YouTube channel.

Golden did more to break the glass ceiling in SuperMotocross than she ever thought possible. She knows this because riders have never felt the need to explain any of her accomplishments with the disclaimer, “for a girl”. 

At this point in Golden’s career, she’s been the first woman to finish top 10 in AMA Arenacross Lites, the first woman to qualify in the Fast 40 in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the first woman to compete in freestyle Moto X competition, earning a bronze medal by doing so.

Her love for moto came from childhood while she watched her dad and brother ride. By seven she was on her bike and making waves throughout Southern California. 

Golden, 30, is still madly in love with the sport and has no plans on moving away but her career is already one to talk about. 805 Beer’s film series wanted to do exactly that.

“I’m taken aback by it all,” Golden told NBC Sports about the documentary. “It’s just crazy to see your story, it’s one thing to live your life and battle everything that comes about but it’s another to just sit there and talk about it.”

805 approached Golden about the feature by asking, “Do you even realize that what you do, and your story is special?”

Golden took the question as a blank canvas to map out the highs and lows of her career and life. 

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The title “Inverted Perspective” came from a brainstorming session with Dominick Russo and it highlights Golden’s outlook on the sport of SuperMotocross and her life in general. 

“My whole life, my whole career was thinking differently and looking at things that shouldn’t be done and aren’t there, while being able to make a place for myself, where no one thought there should be a place,” Golden said.  “It’s inspiring someone to think in different ways. It sums up my life.”

Vicki Golden is not “fast for a girl”; she’s just fast. – 805 Beer

While Golden is no stranger to the spotlight, this was the first time she’s been fully involved with the storytelling and creation of a feature about herself. 

“It’s not like a full new experience,” Golden said. “Obviously, you get your standard questions about your upbringing and accomplishments, but I’ve never really put into perspective things that happened in my past with my dad and putting that to light. Also, certain other things that maybe got overlooked in previous interviews or films. I wanted to touch on these and Dom wanted to create a story. It’s just cool to see it come to light, it’s a nearly impossible thing to tell somebody’s life story in 40 minutes.”

Golden’s father was left paralyzed after an ATV accident, robbing him the opportunity to ride again. This happened a few months before the father-daughter duo was set to compete in the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals when Vicki was 12. While she might have been unable to grasp the severity at the time, it’s something she carries with her. Golden continues to ride in his honor.

Years later, an accident in 2018 nearly sidelined the then 25-year-old Vicki when a freestyle accident almost resulted in the amputation of her lower leg. 

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Vicki Golden has ridden a variety of disciplines in SuperMotocross, which gives her a unique perspective. – 805 Beer

“Inverted Perspective” highlights her father’s diligence in helping Vicki continue with her career and the kindness and strength he carried while fighting his own battle. 

“My dad was the entire reason that I started riding in the first place,” Golden said. “So, to honor his memory and to honor what we went through and how hard he pushed to keep our dream alive and keep everything going – in that sense then, it was really special to be able to honor him and talk about him.”

The 40-minute feature was filmed entirely in black and white, a stark contrast from the oversaturated world of motocross where the brighter the suit the easier it is for fans to find their rider and follow him in the race. By filming in monochrome Russo and Golden had the chance to focus on the race and track from a different perspective. 

“It was cool to be able to film it differently,” Golden said. “It created a challenge in the sense of what was going to be more visually impactful for the film.

“I couldn’t be here without the companies that back me but at the same time, it’s not like the logos or colors disappeared, it’s just different lights shed on different spots. It’s just a cool way to do it and to take color away and still be impactful. When you think of black and white, you think of old school, the OG way of doing things.”