Grand Prix results: Verstappen wins F1 sprint for British GP pole

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the first-ever Formula 1 sprint event to take pole position for the British Grand Prix, the tenth race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

With its starting lineup set by qualifying on Friday evening, the 100km sprint decides the grid order for Sunday’s British GP.

Verstappen outdragged Hamilton away from the startline and repelled two attacks from his title rival on the opening lap. Verstappen’s victory officially gives him the British GP pole position accolade.

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2021 British Grand Prix sprint results

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Interval
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 17 -  
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 17 1.430 1.430
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 17 7.502 6.072
4 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 17 11.278 3.776
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 17 24.111 12.833
6 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 17 30.959 6.848
7 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 17 43.527 12.568
8 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 17 44.439 0.912
9 United Kingdom George Russell Williams 17 46.652 2.213
10 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 17 47.395 0.743
11 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 17 47.798 0.403
12 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 17 48.763 0.965
13 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 17 50.677 1.914
14 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 17 52.179 1.502
15 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 17 53.225 1.046
16 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 17 53.567 0.342
17 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 17 55.162 1.595
18 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 17 1'08.213 13.051
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas 17 1'17.648 9.435
20 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 16    

How the British Grand Prix sprint unfolded

Although his brakes caught fire on the grid, Verstappen beat pole sitter Hamilton on the run to Turn 1. Hamilton twice got alongside the Red Bull into Brooklands and Copse on the opening lap, but Verstappen held him off both times.

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From third on the grid Valtteri Bottas started his Mercedes on soft tyres, unlike the majority on mediums, along with the Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen. Alonso used the extra grip to leap from 11th to fifth, after a stunning sequence of opening corners, to run behind Bottas and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez lost track position to both McLarens but re-passed Daniel Ricciardo on the opening lap. Further back, George Russell (Williams) and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) touched at Brooklands, sending Sainz back to 18th – while Nikita Mazepin hit his Haas teammate Mick Schumacher and spun.

Verstappen pulled out of Hamilton's DRS range out front, but his teammate Perez spun off at Becketts on Lap 5, dropping to 19th.

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Norris passed Alonso for fifth on Lap 6 at Village, while Ricciardo did likewise at The Loop four tours later.

Verstappen cruised to victory over Hamilton by 1.4s, with Bottas a distant third ahead of Leclerc, Norris and Ricciardo. Alonso fell back into the clutches of Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, but the German couldn’t find a way past. Russell and Ocon rounded out the top 10.

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Sainz recovered to finish 11th, while Perez retired his car from 18th place at the start of the final lap.

After the race, Russell was given a three-place grid penalty for his clash with Sainz, and will start 12.

2021 Formula 1 British Grand Prix sprint fastest laps

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 17 1'29.937     235.805
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas 17 1'29.958 0.021 0.021 235.750
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen 14 1'30.013 0.076 0.055 235.605
4 Monaco Charles Leclerc 16 1'30.163 0.226 0.150 235.214
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris 16 1'30.566 0.629 0.403 234.167
6 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 17 1'30.640 0.703 0.074 233.976
7 Mexico Sergio Perez 6 1'31.465 1.528 0.825 231.865
8 Germany Sebastian Vettel 17 1'31.687 1.750 0.222 231.304
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 17 1'31.773 1.836 0.086 231.087
10 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 10 1'31.991 2.054 0.218 230.539
11 France Pierre Gasly 17 1'32.072 2.135 0.081 230.337
12 Finland Kimi Raikkonen 12 1'32.139 2.202 0.067 230.169
13 Canada Nicholas Latifi 17 1'32.143 2.206 0.004 230.159
14 France Esteban Ocon 16 1'32.183 2.246 0.040 230.059
15 United Kingdom George Russell 17 1'32.208 2.271 0.025 229.997
16 Canada Lance Stroll 12 1'32.210 2.273 0.002 229.992
17 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 14 1'32.270 2.333 0.060 229.842
18 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 14 1'32.457 2.520 0.187 229.377
19 Germany Mick Schumacher 15 1'32.567 2.630 0.110 229.105
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin 3 1'33.462 3.525 0.895 226.911
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