Luis Hamilton defeated Verstappen in training for the first sprint race in F1, which provides the Mercedes driver with a start from the first place in the sprint race. Botas starts from the third position, and the result of the sprint race will determine the starting order of the race on Sunday.
The test format in F1 is on the program this weekend in New Year’s Eve. Namely, the Grand Prix of Great Britain will be a rehearsal for the new format of the F1 weekend, which means that there is only one training session on Friday, followed by “qualifications” that determine the starting positions for the sprint race that takes place on Saturday. That sprint race, which in the case of Silverstone should be driven in 17 laps, will aim to determine the starting order for the “real” race that is standard on the program on Sunday. The mini victory was taken by Hamilton, who beat Verstappen with a great lap, so we will have a great fight in the sprint race tomorrow. Botas scored the third time, while the excellent Leclerc started the fourth place in the sprint race, as the time he scored in his last attempt was annulled for Perez. Perez is counting the previously recorded time, which was enough to start from the fifth place, ahead of the two McLaren, Land Noris and Daniel Ricard. The real surprise of this training is definitely George Russell, who continues to delight with his form and starts the sprint race from the eighth position, thus surpassing Sajnc in Ferrari and Vettel in Aston Martin.
In the Q2 part, Alonso, Gasli, Okon, Đovinaci and Strol dropped out, and a big fight was seen in that part, and small differences in times were between the first and the last in the Q2 part. Alonso dropped out of Q3 in just 0.025s. In the Q3 part, in addition to the default drivers of the Has team, Cunoda, Rajkonen and Latifi dropped out and started to lose to their club colleagues as a standard, and not for a small difference in time.
Hamilton’s first place does not mean the pole position in the statistics, because it was decided that the victory in the sprint race will be counted as the officially won pole position, so it remains to be seen how the experimental format will go and whether it will come to life with fans.
The starting schedule for the sprint race, which runs on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., is:
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1’26.209||0.075|
|5||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||1’26.844||0.710|
|9||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1’27.007||0.873|
|10||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||1’27.179||1.045|
|14||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||1’27.617||1.483|
|15||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||1’27.665||1.531|
|17||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||1’28.062||1.928|
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