Max Verstappen wins and secures pole at Silverstone after starting passage over Lewis Hamilton – .

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Max Verstappen wins and secures pole at Silverstone after starting passage over Lewis Hamilton – .




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Max Verstappen takes the start, overtaking Lewis Hamilton in the first lap of the Sprint

Max Verstappen takes the start, overtaking Lewis Hamilton in the first lap of the Sprint

Max Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton at the start and won F1’s first Sprint, securing pole position for Sunday’s British GP and increasing his title lead by one point.

Hamilton had beaten Verstappen at the top of the grid for the new-look mini race with a sensational performance at Silverstone in qualifying on Friday night, but his starting advantage over the title leader quickly wore off at the start of the new sprint.

Verstappen’s Red Bull edged Hamilton’s Mercedes in a few yards and, although the Briton struggled later in the first lap to move wheel-to-wheel towards Copse, Red Bull maintained their position and then gradually fought back. moved away over the next 16 turns to win. 1.4 seconds.

Taking the three points from the win, one more than Hamilton claimed for the second, Verstappen now leads the world championship with 33 points and secures his fourth consecutive pole position for Sunday’s race – ending the stranglehold of nine years of Mercedes on pole at Silverstone.

The order of arrival of the sprint defines the grid for the Grand Prix, which will start Sunday at 3 p.m. live on Sky Sports F1.

Valtteri Bottas started out on softer versus midrange tires in both fronts but made no impression on the front, finishing in third place he qualified.

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A big spin from Sergio Perez, no real damage for the Red Bull driver apart from falling at P18

A big spin from Sergio Perez, no real damage for the Red Bull driver apart from falling at P18

But there was a disaster that changed the weekend for Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull, who lost ground at the start before slipping through the turbulent air of the cars ahead of the Hangar Straight and dropping in control. .

With Red Bull abandoning his car on the last lap, Perez will now start 20th and last Sunday, underlining the danger of the F1 Sprint format.

Charles Leclerc also occupied the grid position, finishing fourth for Ferrari to lock in the same grid position for Sunday, with McLaren’s pair Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo each earning a clear place after initially falling behind Fernando Alonso. , which starts up quickly.

What a start for Fernando Alonso as he flies through the peloton in the early laps - going from P11 to P5

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What a start for Fernando Alonso as he flies through the peloton in the early laps – going from P11 to P5

What a start for Fernando Alonso as he flies through the peloton in the early laps – going from P11 to P5

Alonso, who also started on more aggressive but more brittle softs, moved from 11th place to 5th place at the end of the first lap. And although he was eventually passed quickly by the faster McLarens, the Alpine will still start from fourth places higher than it qualified with seventh.

Indeed, the sprint format worked well for Alpine; Esteban Ocon gains three places to secure a starting place among the top 10.

Williams George Russell lost a spot in ninth place and is under investigation for a first round clash with Carlos Sainz. As the Williams braked at the end of Wellington’s straight, both cars touched down and the Ferrari rolled off the track. Sainz lost positions and finished 11th.

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British GP: F1 Sprint result
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
3) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
4) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
5) Lando Norris, McLaren
6) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
7) Fernando Alonso, alpin
8) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
9) George Russell, Williams
10) Esteban Ocon, alpin

Complete sprint results

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