F1: Sainz wins pole for British GP in treacherous conditions

In absolutely soaking conditions at Silverstone, Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first ever F1 pole in his 150th GP start just nipping Max Verstappen’s Red Bull by 0.072s in a sensationally exciting qualifying session that saw the top spot switch back and forth numerous times.

Driver skill was at a premium, and Sainz and Verstappen were head and shoulders better than the rest.

“It was a good lap, but I was struggling a lot with the standing water,” said Sainz. “It was very easy to get snaps and lose the temperature in the intermediate tires.”

Carlos Sainz Jr. naps his first ever F1 pole

“It was quite a tricky qualifying with the rain, you had to be on the track at the right time,” said Verstappen. “I think still to be on the front row is very good for us, and we have a good race car in the dry and the wet.”

Verstappen even did a sensational 360 degree spin, kept on going and was still 4th fastest at the time.  Sensational stuff from the best driver in F1.

Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing and The Netherlands at the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 02, 2022 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Charles Leclerc was third quick in the 2nd Ferrari, 0.315s back. “Yeah I am but happy for Carlos he did a great job today. I spun in that last lap and I knew that was the lap you had to put as a driver and I didn’t today, so I didn’t deserve it today. The pace is there, so if we have a good car everything should go well.”

Sergio Perez was 4th in the 2nd Red Bull 0.633s behind the Spaniard.

Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top-5 for Mercedes, but he was 1.012s off the pace in the wet.

Lando Norris qualified sixth to join Hamilton on the third row, while the other Mercedes driver, Russell, was a close 8th behind Fernando Alonso .

Pierre Gasly was P11 for AlphaTauri, ahead of the second Alfa Romeo of Valtteri Bottas and Gasly’s own team mate Yuki Tsunoda, with Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon having fallen foul of worsening conditions in Q2 and failing to make it out, taking P14 and P15.

Failing to make it out of Q1, meanwhile, Alex Albon was P16 – despite being equipped with Williams’ extensive upgrade package, which Latifi didn’t have – while both Haas and Aston Martins went out in the first segment too, the order Kevin Magnussen in P17, ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Mick Schumacher and Lance Stroll.

Qualifying Results

1 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:40.190 1:41.602 1:40.983 25
2 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING 1:39.129 1:40.655 1:41.055 23
3 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:39.846 1:41.247 1:41.298 25
4 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING 1:40.521 1:42.513 1:41.616 26
5 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:40.428 1:41.062 1:41.995 23
6 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:41.515 1:41.821 1:42.084 26
7 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:41.598 1:42.209 1:42.116 23
8 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:40.028 1:41.725 1:42.161 23
9 24 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:40.791 1:42.640 1:42.719 28
10 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:41.998 1:43.273 2:03.095 24
11 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:41.680 1:43.702 19
12 77 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:41.396 1:44.232 20
13 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:41.893 1:44.311 19
14 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:41.933 1:44.355 18
15 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:41.730 1:45.190 17
16 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:42.078 11
17 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:42.159 11
18 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO 1:42.666 9
19 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:42.708 11
20 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO 1:43.430 10


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