The Dutchman wins the pole position for Hamilton for tomorrow’s race in a fantastic start by Alonso who will start seventh and Sainz, eleventh
The leader of the World Championship, the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), won the first qualifying sprint race in the history of Formula 1 on Saturday and will therefore start from pole position at the British Grand Prix on Sunday at the Silverstone circuit.
Starting from second place, Verstappen overtook Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), second in the World Championship, before retaining his lead on 17 laps of this new F1-tested format.
Both drivers will face off in the front row on Sunday for the Grand Prix (14h00 GMT), the main event of the weekend with 52 laps.
Thanks to this 100-kilometer sprint completed in 25 minutes, Verstappen achieved his fourth consecutive pole and the eighth of his career.
By the way he adds three points in the World Cup, for the two Hamilton and one for Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 3rd. The young Red Bull driver now has a 33-point lead over Hamilton before Test 10 of 23.
Thus, the pole position counter of Hamilton, seven times world champion, remains locked at 100, a record, since the last one, achieved in May in Spain. In terms of Grand Prix victories, Hamilton suffers a series of five races in a row without climbing to the top of the podium.
And that Sir Lewis had achieved the best time of the “classic” classifications on Friday, but he had to confirm it by winning this unprecedented qualifying race.
With this format, F1 seeks to renew itself by offering one event a day throughout the weekend (classifications-sprint-Grand Prix). Many experts, fans, team leaders and even drivers are not convinced with the new format.
The 39-year-old veteran Fernando Alonso (Alpine) started from eleventh, and gained six places from the first corners, although he eventually lost pace to finish seventh.