Home favourite Lewis Hamilton was beaten to pole position by his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by the tiniest of margins.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will line-up third on the grid, with Red Bull star and recent Austrian Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen in fourth.
Hamilton was fastest in the first phase of qualifying but ran wide at Brooklands on his first lap of the final session.
“Ultimately not good enough,” he said. “We worked really hard throughout the session but it just got a little bit away from us.
“I sacrificed a lap in Q2 (the second phase), which would have helped get a reading of how the car was.
“And then just at the end I had that mistake on the first lap and the second one just wasn’t that great.
“Fair play to Valtteri, he did the job. But it’s a long race and we’ve got a great crowd here so hopefully I can do something different.”
Sebastian Vettel said he had struggled to get the right feel for his Ferrari after qualifying a disappointing sixth at the British Grand Prix.
The four-time world champion, and last year’s winner at Silverstone, will line up with Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly ahead of him.
“I think I just struggled to extract what was in the car,” Vettel said.
“I just couldn’t get the right feel. Not happy with how it went.
“I should be more competitive in the race but lately (I’ve) been struggling a little bit to just extract that one lap, get a great feel for the car. It’s been a bit up and down the whole weekend.”
British Grand Prix TV coverage
The Silverstone race starts at 2.10pm this afternoon.
Live TV coverage can be found on Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4 in the UK.
If you live outside of the UK, find out how to watch the British Grand Prix in your country here.
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