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British GP qualifying as it happened

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British GP qualifying as it happened

By: James Newbold, Stefan Mackley


  • Hamilton beats Verstappen to sprint race pole
  • Alonso, Gasly, Ocon, Giovinazzi, Stroll out of Q2
  • Tsunoda, Raikkonen, Latifi, Schumacher, Mazepin out of Q1
  • Silverstone welcomes back spectators for F1 event
1. Hamilton, Mercedes
2. Verstappen, Red Bull
3. Bottas, Mercedes
4. Leclerc, Ferrari
5. Perez, Red Bull
6. Norris, McLaren
7. Ricciardo, McLaren
8. Russell, Williams
9. Sainz, Ferrari
10. Vettel, Aston Martin
Status: Stopped

Right, with qualifying (part one) completed here's what to look forward to tomorrow: A final hour of free practice which runs between 12pm-1pm, before the first-ever sprint event which starts at 4:30pm (both local time). Join us for those tomorrow, but until then have a lovely evening!

Need a recap on qualifying? We've got you covered:
Hamilton also gives credit to both the Silverstone home crowd and his Mercedes team for giving him the push in that session - it certainly looked like this one meant a lot, even if it isn't technically pole.
Hamilton on his 'pole' ahead of the sprint: "We stayed focused on our job, I was in the sim this morning using it as a practice session, trying to leave no stone unturned. I lost the back-end in the last corner so my heart was in my mouth!"
Verstappen on P2: "We need to look at ourselves as the car was handling well but we then had a lot of understeer. It was a weird feeling to drive. I don't think it was set-up related."
Bottas on his P3 starting position for the sprint: "It was a good qualifying considering how fast Red Bull were in practice. It is all to play for tomorrow so hopefully we have good race pace."
Norris takes sixth just ahead of team-mate Ricciardo, with Russell in eighth - his best qualifying result for Williams. Sainz and Vettel complete the top 10.
Bottas takes third and Perez, who had been fourth, loses his lap for going wide at Stowe which pushes him to fifth as Leclerc moves up to P4.
...but it is not enough! Verstappen is second with a 1m26.209s, which means Hamilton takes pole for the sprint qualifying race!
Hamilton gets it sideways through Vale! He keeps his car pointing in the right direction but that is his lap gone. Here comes Verstappen...
Hamilton is going quicker again in the first sector, while Verstappen is down on his lap in the same sector...
The rest of the Q3 contenders are on the track now and it is final lap time. Here we go.
As everyone pits, Russell comes out to an empty track and is met with huge cheers from his home crowd. His 1m26.971s lap time puts him P7.
Verstappen is unhappy with the adjustments made to his Red Bull car which may explain some of the 0.172s deficit to Hamilton.
Vettel had his lap time deleted for going over track limits at Stowe while Sainz had a relatively slow lap leaving him P8.
...advantage Hamilton! The Brit puts in a 1m26.134s to take provisional pole and Verstappen is P2 with a 1m26.306s.
Verstappen is getting that slipstream but will it work... Hamilton currently fastest in sector one...
Nine drivers are out on the track, just Russell staying put for now, with Hamlton being followed by Verstappen. Is he looking for a tow?

Nobody opting for an early go at Q3. So it'll be a one or two push lap run for the top 10.

Q3 - here we go.