Mercedes have explained the upgrades that contributed to Lewis Hamilton’s improved pace compared to Red Bull at the British Grand Prix.

Since winning three of the season’s first four races, Hamilton has struggled to match Max Verstappen’s speed in qualifying especially, never more markedly than at the two grands prix in Austria where the Dutchman extended his World Championship lead to 32 points.

But in the usual one-hour qualifying session at Silverstone which was moved to Friday evening, it was Hamilton who was fastest by 0.075sec to claim P1 on the grid for the following day’s initial trial of sprint qualifying.

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