Two Mercedes in first and third place, with Max Verstappen’s Red Bull in the middle. The setting is that of Silverstone, but we have not returned to the 2020 season. On the home track, in their own ‘fort’, the black arrows of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have returned to shine, after the heavy blows suffered in the last five races, all won by Milton Keynes’ bulls. Lewis Hamilton He was the fastest of all in Q3 of these unusual Friday qualifying sessions, which set the starting grid for tomorrow’s Sprint Qualifying. A result that is not worth championship points, but that certainly sends a signal. Also because Hamilton’s margin appeared sharper than the 75 thousandths with which he preceded Verstappen.
2021 British GP Sprint Qualification: the starting grid
At the end of the session, interviewed by German TV Sky Germany, Toto Wolff he showed off the smile of the good times, not sparing some digs to the Red Bull home rivals. “The empire strikes again – he said, citing the Star Wars saga – they were just qualifications. But maybe we have unlocked somethingto”. Mercedes had brought updates to this track. The feeling, corroborated by these words, is that we have worked very well. Wolff also added that his team has concentrated the setup ahead of Sunday’s race and that at this point – according to him – Red Bull may have taken a step back.
Super Russell after the European Championship: “I beat an Italian”
In conclusion then, a reference to the spectacular qualification of George Russell, eighth with Williams, even ahead of Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari. “It’s a feast for the eyes to watch George. He is in the Top 10 and nearly beats McLaren. This shows his incredible talent. He is a little lion in the car. Does it deserve a top car? Yes. We hope so. News? No nobody”, Wolff said, not sparing another smile.