Formula 1 – British Grand Prix: Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) wins pole ahead of Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

Dantesque conditions, under the rain, the cold and the disconcerting wind, twenty daredevils and finally an unexpected hero: Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) found at Silverstone an unforgettable stage for his first pole position of his career, Saturday, at the end of an exciting qualifying hour. And as it makes sense in history, the Spaniard will leave this place for his 150th participation in Formula 1, on Sunday at the British Grand Prix.

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Until then never awarded on Saturday, five times second in the race but never winner, the 27-year-old from Madrid finally opened his record with a first distinction that he achieved with the strength of his wrist and the sense of balance on a wet track with renewed rain. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who had dominated the first two qualifying rounds, experienced this by starting with a 360 ° attack in Q3, as did Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) at the end of the session.

After a tremendous suspense – Sainz, Verstappen, debutant Zhou and veteran Alonso changed the leadership position – the second Maranello rider won the decision in a tightrope walker lap in 1’40 “983, under the flag checkered, in the middle of the traps, no less important was the hydroplaning.

Sainz on fire and finally on the post, ahead of Verstappen

Winner for the first time this season of his duel with the Reds against Charles Leclerc in the time trial – if we do not take into account the non-show of the Monegasque in Q2 in Montreal -, son of the world rally champion of 1990 and 1992, which bears his name. Carlos, therefore, achieved the feat of beating Max Verstappen, author of the two pole positions held this year on the wet track, in Imola and Montreal. And it was close: 0.072 exactly.

In this atmosphere of chaos and classification in permanent recomposition, it was necessary above all to keep the “intermediate” tires warm to expect to sign a convincing result. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), third and fourth in 0 “315 and 0” 633 respectively, may have done better than the others, and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) a little less in fifth place, in 1 “012. Just ahead of Lando Norris (McLaren), Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and George Russell (Mercedes), whom he has only surpassed by 0” 166.

These two places, the French would have liked to occupy them, but failed in Q2, for different reasons. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), lacking orientation and confidence – an essential factor in Silverstone -, however, occupied the eleventh position on Friday, while Esteban Ocon (Alpine) suffered a technical problem that prevented him from scoring better than the fortnight. If it rains on Sunday, the two Normans will have another chance to shine. What all the drivers around the grid are called.

Ocon and Gasly failed in Q2

But as in Montreal, the previous stage of the championship, there was room for surprise guests in the Top 10, in the midst of these big names. We recall that Mick Schumacher (Haas) and Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) had been the lucky ones in Canada. And this time, it was Nicholas Latifi, never seen in Q3, who accompanied the Chinese in this last session of the brave. And no one will blame Williams for letting go before the end, too happy with his tenth place and coming back without breaking anything.

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