Carlos Sans took his first pole position on Saturday when he overtook world champion Max Werstappen, who escaped a spin in a rain-affected match in qualifying for the British Grand Prix. The 27-year-old Spaniard completed a perfect leap of one minute and 40.983 seconds, beating the Red Bull driver by 0.072 seconds in the final minutes of the run in extremely wet conditions. His first pool came just before the start of his 150th Grand Prix on Sunday, just two weeks after he finished second in the Netherlands in a thrilling match at the Canadian Grand Prix.
In an extraordinary session that saw the positions change rapidly under changing circumstances, Charles Laker was third in the second Ferrari ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and seven-time Mercedes champion Lewis Hamilton.
After promising to fight for the front row, it was a disappointment for local fans as Hamilton failed to extend his run to eight British front line starters.
Fernando Alonso, a two-time Alpine champion for Lendo Norris McLaren, was sixth in the second Mercedes, ahead of George Russell, Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanio and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi.
“I gathered a lap that I thought was nothing special, but it was on board to see what it was like – and it was a pool position that was a bit of a surprise!” Sainz said.
“I was struggling with the standing water. There was a lot of standing water on the racing line and it was very easy to take pictures and lose my lap.”
He added as a joke that as a Spaniard he was not used to racing in wet British conditions.
“It was difficult – it was raining and it was getting dry, so you had to get on track at the right time. The car was working well.” But it was a bit of a lottery. “
Leclerc, who won six polls this year, said: “I’m happy for Carlos, he did a great job. I spun in the last lap, in the lap when you needed to put everything together – and I I didn’t deserve to be on the pool. “
Wet and strong winds
The session began in wet and windy weather with plenty of rain to convince the teams to run on medium wet tires, with Laker setting the pace for the Ferrari.
An early turn by Voltaire Bottas briefly brought out the yellow flags before the continuous rains began to subside and the circuits began to dry rapidly.
To the delight of a large number of British fans, Russell was at the forefront, before Verstappen emerged to demonstrate his current supremacy in all circumstances.
The opening session ended with another nightmare for the Silverstone-based Aston Martin team, which is a short distance from the headquarters circuit.
Both four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, 18th, and Lance Stroller, 20th, two hous drivers Kevin Magnusson, 17th, and McSchumacher, 19th, and 16th-ranked Alex Albon, their heavily revised Williams Excluded with
On top of that, Verstappen made way ahead of Leclerc and Russell.
The rain continued in Q2 with high spray plumes causing Hamilton to struggle.
In short, Alonso, Perez and the Red Bulls took the top spot for Chinese driver Xiao Alfa Romeo for a few opening seconds before setting the usual order, and Hamilton came in second.
That left Nicolas Latifi in 10th place and a possible appearance in the top ten shootout for Williams, equaling his previous best at last year’s Wet Belgian Grand Prix where he was ranked ninth.
This was followed by Verstappen, then Leclerc, Russell, Sainz and Hamilton, who have been trying to increase their seven Silver Stone Pools and five in the last eight years.
As Q3 began, the rain subsided with a warning that it would return, but the track remained slippery – this proved to be the case when Verstappen was restored on Kata and Hanger Street, to pant the crowd.
With six minutes left, Alonso was quickly picked up by Laker and then Verstappen, while Hamilton finished second as the track began to dry out with three minutes left.
It set a thrilling final as drivers delayed taking advantage of the situation with a ‘as late as possible’ leap – a scene in which Sans celebrated with a pole-catching final.
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