Lewis Hamilton gets Mercedes backing after equalling British GP pole record

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After a week when he faced a storm of criticism, Lewis Hamilton delivered the only riposte that mattered with a superlative drive to sweep to pole position for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

Some fans booed when the three-time world champion chose not to attend the F1 demonstration in London on Wednesday, but those at Silverstone simply revelled in his untouchable performance and his Mercedes team hit back at those vocal critics.

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