Lewis Hamilton beats Max Verstappen to start first in Formula 1’s first qualifying race

There are worldwide! Lewis Hamilton has beaten Max Verstappen by the minimum and will start first in the first qualifying race in the history of Formula 1. The world champion has surpassed the world leader by only 75 thousandths, although an error in the last corner of the last lap has prevented the advantage from being even greater.

After free practice it seemed that Verstappen could deliver an almost definitive blow to the world championship at Silverstone, but Mercedes had saved something for qualifying. It was not a casual result of Hamilton, but he really seemed to be the fastest rider today on the Silverstone track.

Fernando Alonso has been left out of Q3 by 25 thousandths

Verstappen Gran Bretana F1 2021

The proof that Mercedes is much stronger at Silverstone than on previous tracks is that also Valtteri Bottas has been involved in the fight for the first position. The Finnish rider was third, yes, but less than two tenths behind Hamilton and just over one behind Verstappen. Tomorrow it will play a key role.

Let us remember that pole is going to be decided in the short race tomorrow, in which each rider will be able to mount the tire they deem appropriate to give Silverstone only 17 laps. From there the order of the starting grid will come out. It is to understand that Bottas, who does not play the title, can be very aggressive with Verstappen in the first round.

Sainz Great Britain F1 2021

Sergio Pérez, the second Red Bull driver, has delivered by placing himself in fourth position, but very far from the real fight for the best time. Seven tenths have separated him from Hamilton, and six from Verstappen. In his favor could be that he is a specialist in tire management, which would allow him to go more safely with the soft to the sprint race.

Behind, George Russell exhibit. The British Williams rider has excelled in front of his public by sneaking into eighth position, which leaves him on the verge of completing the best classification of his life. And all in a weekend in which he could be confirmed as a Mercedes driver for 2022. Second consecutive Q3.

Ricciardo Gran Bretana F1 2021

Russell actually finished ahead of the two Spaniards. Carlos Sainz was ninth, too far from a Charles Leclerc, fifth, who was the best of the rest. On your side, Fernando Alonso stayed just 25 thousandths from overcoming the cut of Q2, so it will be eleventh in the classification.

The two McLaren slipped into Q3, with Lando Norris sixth, just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, while Sebastian Vettel completed the round with a tenth position. Bad classification of Kimi Raikkonen, eliminated in Q1 and too far from Antonio Giovinazzi. It seems that his career in Formula 1 is coming to an end.

Results Formula 1 GP Great Britain 2021

Position Dorsal Pilot Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Turns
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:26.786 1:26.023 1:26.134 23
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:26.751 1:26.315 1:26.209 16
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:27.487 1:26.764 1:26.328 22
4 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:27.051 1:26.919 1:26.828 20
5 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:27.121 1:27.073 1:26.844 17
6 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:27.444 1:27.220 1:26.897 20
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:27.323 1:27.125 1:26.899 22
8 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:27.671 1:27.080 1:26.971 17
9 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:27.337 1:26.848 1:27.007 21
10 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:27.493 1:27.103 1:27.179 15
11 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:27.580 1:27.245 12
12 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:27.600 1:27.273 14
13 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:27.415 1:27.340 12
14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:27.595 1:27.617 15
15 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:28.017 1:27.665 12
16 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:28.043 10
17 7 Kimi Raikkonen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:28.062 9
18 6 Nicholas latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:28.254 8
19 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:28.738 10
20 9 Nikita mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:29.051 9

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