Hamilton wins British GP qualifying

Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Austrian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton. Credits: Daimler.

Lewis Hamilton has set the fastest lap in the British GP qualifying and will lead the grid at the start of Sprint Qualifying on Saturday.

The historic race weekend at Silverstone continued with the qualifying, which took place on Friday. The results of the session formed the grid for tomorrow’s Sprint Qualifying event. Another feature was the fact the only soft tires were allowed.

Lando Norris took the early lead in Q1 with the lap of 1:28.277, followed by Antonio Giovinazzi and Pierre Gasly. However, another local hero Lewis Hamilton got ahead. His title rival Max Verstappen went even faster. Ferrari looked to have pace as both Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc jumped into the top 5. The Monegasque, however, went very wide in the final turn.

Verstappen stayed at the top of the standings in Q1, while Yuki Tsunoda, Kimi Raikkonen, Nicholas Latifi, Mick Schumacher, and Nikita Mazepin were eliminated from the session.

Hamilton set the benchmark at the start of Q2 – 1:26.602. It was still not enough to beat Verstappen, who got 1 tenth faster. George Russell remained in the contention for Q3, being 12th after his first run.

With just more than 3 minutes to go, the drivers came back to the track to improve their lap times. Hamilton had a good lap, which put him on top of the standings of the segment. Russell gave the biggest surprise, setting the 7th quickest lap. Alonso, Gasly, Ocon, Giovinazzi, and Stroll were out of the session.

The 10 quickest drivers went out for the first try in the qualifying finale. Hamilton had the advantage as the reigning world champion was ahead, nearly 2 tenths ahead of Verstappen.

The time was running out, so it was time for the moment of truth on Friday evening at Silverstone. Hamilton was set to improve his lap time, but made a couple of mistakes in the final sector, but it was enough to hold off Verstappen for the qualifying victory. Valtteri Bottas completed the top 3 of the session.

The top 10 of the British GP qualifying:

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:26.134
2Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing+0.075
3Valtteri BottasMercedes+0.194
4Charles LeclercFerrari+0.694
5Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing+0.710
6Lando NorrisMcLaren+0.763
7Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+0.765
8George RussellWilliams+0.837
9Carlos SainzFerrari+0.873
10Sebastian VettelAston Martin+1.045
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