Verstappen started second behind Hamilton but overtook his rival at the start and kept the Briton behind for the next 17 laps to clinch pole position in the Grand Prix at Silverstone – and with him three championship points.
He extends his title lead to 33 points over Hamilton with 26 more possible for Sunday’s race.
When is it?
In a reshuffle of the traditional F1 calendar and format, the first practice and qualifying took place on Friday, July 16. The second practice and the new sprint qualifying took place on Saturday July 17th. The British Grand Prix itself takes place on Sunday July 18.
What time does it start?
The race itself takes place at 3 p.m. BST this afternoon.
What were the positions after the sprint qualifiers?
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull 3pts
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 2pts
- Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes 1pt
- Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
- Lando Norris, McLaren
- Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
- Fernando Alonso, alpin
- Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
- George Russell, Williams * three-place grid penalty
- Esteban Ocon, alpin
- Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
- Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri
- Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Roméo
- Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
- Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Roméo
- Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri
- Nicolas Latifi, Williams
- Mick Schumacher, Haas
- Nikita Mazepin, Haas
- Sergio Pérez, Red Bull (DNF)
Wait, what is “sprint qualifying”?
This year F1 has introduced a new three-round weekend format, with the British GP being the first time it has been attempted. This is primarily aimed at increasing the excitement and action during a race weekend.
The sprint qualifying in this case is a 17-lap race with a grid determined by Friday’s “traditional” qualifying session, which includes the usual Q1, Q2 and Q3 segments.
The final order of the qualifying sprint race determines the order of the Sunday grid. So if Lewis Hamilton qualifies first on Friday – as he did – but then collides with Max Verstappen and falls in the first lap of the sprint race on Saturday, he will start from the back of the grid on Sunday.
In addition to deciding on Sunday’s starting order, championship points (three, two and one) will be awarded to the top three and the winner will be declared the man who took pole position.
For more information on this weekend’s sprint race, click here.