Result: Lewis Hamilton claims record-equalling pole position at British Grand Prix

Mercedes AMG Petronas British driver Lewis Hamilton flashes the sign for victory after winning the pole position for the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix following the qualification session at the Sakhir circuit in the desert south of the Bahraini capital,
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Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton turns in the fastest time in qualifying at the British Grand Prix.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has claimed the fastest time in qualifying at the British Grand Prix.

The Briton crossed the finish line with a time of 1:26.600 to secure a record-equalling fifth pole position at Silverstone.

Hamilton came in half a second ahead of second-placed Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari, and seven tenths up on title rival Sebastian Vettel and teammate Valtteri Bottas in third and fourth, respectively.

The 32-year-old is 20 points behind Vettel in the standings ahead of Sunday's race and is looking for a win to get his campaign back on track.

Although Bottas was the fourth-quickest in qualifying, he will start in ninth after incurring a five-place grid penalty.

Qualifying standings in full:

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
3. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
4. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
5. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
6. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)
7. Sergio Perez (Force India)
8. Esteban Ocon (Force India)
9. Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)
10. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
11. Jolyon Palmer (Renault)
12. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
13. Fernando Alonso (McLaren)
14. Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso)
15. Felipe Massa (Williams)
16. Lance Stroll (Williams)
17. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
18. Pascal Wehrlein (Sauber)
19. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)
20. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

Lewis Hamilton stands in the paddock during a press conference at the Circuit de Catalunya on February 25, 2016
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