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.
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.
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.
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|
|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|
|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