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Max Verstappen wins Sprint race to claim British Grand Prix pole

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen claimed pole position for the British Grand Prix with victory in Saturday’s sprint race.

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Verstappen wins sprint race

Formula One trialled the tenth different format for qualifying in the history of the sport ahead of the British Grand Prix with a 30-minute sprint race on Saturday 17 July.

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Lewis Hamilton started on pole for the sprint race, with Max Verstappen alongside him and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas behind.

The British drivers, Hamilton, Lando Norris (McLaren) and George Russell (Williams), were all given a rapturous reception at a packed Silverstone.

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Verstappen got ahead of Hamilton but had to fight off the reigning world champion for the first lap of the sprint.

Renault’s Fernando Alonso made the best start, jumping from 11th to fifth after going around Silverstone once.

Russell’s Williams came together with Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari sending the latter off the track and down to 18th.

Verstappen was able to keep the two Mercedes at arm’s length but his teammate Sergio Perez spun off six laps in and went through the gravel trap, before limping to the pits.

The first real racing action after the start saw Norris take fifth from Alonso on the sixth lap. A few laps later Daniel Ricciardo in the second McLaren was putting the former world champion under pressure as well.

Ricciardo got past on lap nine but not before having an intense scrap with Alonso, who wouldn’t give up P6 without a fight.

Bottas started on the soft tyre but after protecting Hamilton well off the start, he started to fall back into the view of fourth-placed Charles Leclerc.

In the second Ferrari Sainz battled his way through the backmarkers and was up to 12th by lap 12.

The leaders, Verstappen and Hamilton, started to experience blistering on their front right tyres, with both on mediums that might have an impact on race strategy.

Verstappen had control of the sprint though and held on to ensure he will start from pole for the fourth consecutive Grand Prix. He also claims three championship points to stretch his advantage over Hamilton to 33 points.

British Grand Prix Sprint race results

1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 17 25:38.426 3
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 17 +1.430s 2
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 17 +7.502s 1
4 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 17 +11.278s
5 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 17 +24.111s
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 17 +30.959s
7 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 17 +43.527s
8 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 17 +44.439s
9 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 17 +46.652s
10 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 17 +47.395s
11 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 17 +47.798s
12 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 17 +48.763s
13 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 17 +50.677s
14 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 17 +52.179s
15 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 17 +53.225s
16 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 17 +53.567s
17 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 17 +55.162s
18 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 17 +68.213s
19 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 17 +77.648s
20 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 16 DNF

* Provisional results

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