A masterful lap in wet British Grand Prix qualifying saw Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz claim his first Formula 1 pole position, beating the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, who had led for much of the session.
Rain had started to fall on Silverstone minutes before qualifying began, with Verstappen comfortably leading both Q1 and Q2. Verstappen was then leading Q3 in the closing moments when Sainz unleashed his final lap to stop the clocks at 1m40.983 and take P1 with an effort he incredulously described as “terrible”. However, on his 150th Grand Prix weekend, Terrible did very well.
Sainz was 0.072s ahead of Verstappen, with Leclerc P3, 0.315s behind his team-mate, as both Leclerc and Verstappen spun in Q3 on promising laps.
Sergio Pérez was P4 in the second Red Bull, ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes, with Lando Norris P6, while Fernando Alonso and George Russell completed the top eight. Zhou Guanyu was P9, while Nicholas Latifi survived a Turn 1 scare to take P10, his first Q3 appearance.
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Pierre Gasly was P11 for AlphaTauri, ahead of the second Alfa Romeo of Valtteri Bottas and Gasly’s own teammate Yuki Tsunoda, and Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon were affected by worsening conditions in Q2 and failed to get out. , taking P14 and P15.
Meanwhile, failing to make it out of Q1, Alex Albon was P16, despite being fitted with Williams’ extensive upgrade package, which Latifi did not have, while both Haas and Aston Martins also came out in the first segment, the order Kevin Magnussen in P17, ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Mick Schumacher and Lance Stroll.
So, Sainz finally got that first pole position. But can the first win come on Sunday, at a Silverstone track he loves? Tune in to find out.
Qualifying Highlights: British Grand Prix
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Q1: Both Haas and Aston Martins retire as rain soaks Silverstone track
With just 10 minutes to go before qualifying began, a troop of ever-reliable British rain clouds dumped their contents over the Silverstone circuit, causing all the teams to swoop down on the intermediate tires and a big traffic jam before the green light. drivers looked to get a banker’s lap on the board in case the rain intensified.
As it happened, the rain actually abated during the opening segment, and a drier line appeared around the iconic 3.6-mile track as Verstappen set the initial benchmark with a 1m40.452, improving to 1m39.975. It’s a run later, 0.655s above Leclerc.
The question now was, would it improve the track enough for teams to fit slicks? But ultimately, while the track was getting better, it wasn’t getting better enough for the no-tread tires.
With the clock ticking down to zero in the first 18-minute qualifying match, Leclerc hit back at Verstappen to briefly reclaim top spot, only for a sublime lap of the all-purple sector from Verstappen to see him post a 1m 39.129s, 0.717s up. in the Monegasque, when George Russell took P3, 0.899s off the final pace, ahead of Sainz, Hamilton and Pérez.
In order, Daniel Ricciardo looked in danger of an embarrassing exit from Q1 at the scene of his F1 debut 11 years ago, before a last ditch effort saw him drop to an eventual P14. At Williams, and despite not being equipped with his team-mate’s host of upgrades, Nicholas Latifi reached Q2 for the first time this season in P15, with Alex Albon out in P16 by 0.080s and lamenting Williams’ strategy of use cool- go around instead of keep going hard.
The weather, meanwhile, reflected the mood at Haas and Aston Martin, as the two teams lost both cars in Q1, Vettel venting his frustration with a series of slams on the steering wheel.
Eliminated: Albon, Magnussen, Vettel, Schumacher, Stroll
Q2 – Latifi makes his first appearance in Q3 at the expense of Ocon and Ricciardo
Now everyone was trying to get an idea of what the weather was going to do for the rest of qualifying, with the airwaves full of engineers offering different weather opinions…
As it turned out, the rain would steadily increase throughout Q2, meaning drivers who got a good lap up the board early would have a clear advantage. Verstappen led the way once again, with a lap of 1m40.655s that was about a second and a half slower than he managed in Q1, with Hamilton, someone who knows a thing or two about lapping Silverstone in the wet, locating at P2, 0.407 is off.
With the checkered flag flying for Q2, the timesheets were a sea of yellow, none of the drivers in the bottom five elimination zone bettering their final efforts. That meant Esteban Ocon found himself P15, one place below Ricciardo’s McLaren. Both AlphaTauris also dropped out, although given their pace struggles this weekend, 11th for Gasly and 13th for Tsunoda might not be too bad, with Bottas 12th.
Nicholas Latif I was one of the drivers to post a solid early lap, and it was good enough to get the Williams driver under pressure into Q3 for the first time in his career as he took 10th position just behind Zhou Guanyu, the Chinese driver continues his impressive career. as the only Alpha in the top 10.
So, it was Red Bulls, Ferraris and Mercedes in Q3, along with McLaren’s Norris, Alpine’s Alonso and the aforementioned Zhou and Latifi.
Eliminated: Gasly, Bottas, Tsunoda, Ricciardo, Ocon
Q3: Sainz gets his first pole position as Verstappen and Leclerc spin
interest continued to be tire of the day for the third quarter, while rumors of a new rain to add to the existing storm were heard on the team radio as the drivers made their way to the slippery Silverstone track. Once again, it seemed, a banker’s turn was needed.
Verstappen appeared to be scoring one, as he spun wildly out of Stowe, his RB18 performing an orderly pirouette. Was I puzzled? No, as he then recorded two purple sectors en route to P2, before improving on his second effort to set a 1m42.966s. “More rain expected, keep pushing,” Verstappen was told, with the Dutchman keeping his foot inside it and continuing to lick.
With two minutes to go, it was Hamilton’s Verstappen and Leclerc, all three looking set to battle it out for the qualifying spoils. But then out of nowhere came Sainz, who had been largely unnoticed since he led FP2 on Friday afternoon. And with the time at zero, Sainz took the checkered flag with a lap that served him for provisional pole.
Verstappen and Leclerc were quickly behind, but then Leclerc spun at Turn 14, with yellow flags forcing Verstappen to lift and giving Sainz pole position.
When the Spaniard was informed of his triumph, he replied in disbelief: “I was terrible out there! How did I get P1?!”
“You kept it together like a smooth operator!” his engineer replied laughing.
2022 British GP Qualifying: Carlos Sainz secures sensational maiden pole at Silverstone
Cue scenes of ecstasy in the Ferrari garage while the Scuderia celebrated its popular Spanish charge. Verstappen was satisfied enough to settle for P2, the fit man during qualifying missing out by just 0.072sec as Leclerc moved into third, ahead of Perez.
Hamilton looked like he was threatening a front-row start, but in the end he was “gutted” to take fifth to team-mate Russell’s eighth on a day that Mercedes admitted was a bit of a disappointment, given its suite of upgrades. for the W13.
Among the Silver Arrows was a “very satisfied” Lando Norris and Fernando Alonso. Zhou Guanyu was a decent ninth, while a big spin from Latifi at Turn 1 in Q3, from which the Canadian was lucky to escape unharmed, ultimately dropped him to tenth.
“First of all, thank you to all the crowd for cheering and thank you all for staying outside in this rain. Spaniards, we struggle a little more with this rain, but it shows that you are used to it. Thanks for being there, it was a good lap but I was struggling with standing water – there was a lot more standing water on the racing line in the intermissions. It was very easy to get snapshots.
“In the end I put together a lap that I thought was nothing special, but I just put it on the board and saw how it was. Pole position, I was a bit surprised… If I go by my FP2 pace then we should be in a good position to try and keep it up. I’m sure Max and Charles will put a lot of pressure on, but I’ll do my best of course” – Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
The British Grand Prix will take place at 15:00 local time on Sunday 3 July. Lewis Hamilton goes in search of what would be an all-time record ninth win at an F1 venue, and his home too. Will you be able to carry it out? Or will Carlos Sainz be the one to get his first victory? We can’t wait to find out.