George Russell secured F1 pole in British GP in a Mercedes 1-2 with Lewis Hamilton second ahead of Lando Norris in the Top 3.


The first part in F1 qualifying in British GP saw intermediate start on a damp Silverstone circuit. There were minor moments but everyone largely behaved well until the closing stages when Red Bull’s Sergio Perez lost control to go off.

He was on the slick tyres when he went off and beached himself from 10th. It left everyone with just the one lap to make it into Q2. The rain did cause chaos but it was fine in the end with Lewis Hamilton (1m29.547s) ahead of George Russell in Mercedes 1-2.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was third but there was scare for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who went off on the gravel on one of his quick laps. The same corner caught out Haas’ Kevin Magnussen as well, who was forced to pit to be out in Q1.

Stake F1 Team’s Valtteri Bottas was first to be knocked out in Q1 with a 1m32.431s lap, with Magnussen (1m32.905s) 17th from a disappointed Alpine’s Esteban Ocon (1m34.557s). It was Perez (1m38.348s) in 19th from Alpine’s Pierre Gasly (1m39.804s), who has a grid penalty.

There was investigation for Aston Martin pair of Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso for a pitlane incident for leaving the pitlane when the session got red-flagged.


It was dry in second part of F1 British GP qualifying at a drying Silverstone. The times tumbled towards the end with McLaren’s Lando Norris on top with a 1m26.559s lap ahead of Mercedes’ Hamilton and Aston Martin’s Alonso in the Top 3.

The biggest casualty from Q2 was Ferrari’s Leclerc (1m27.097s) in 11th as he was pipped by Stroll right at the end. Williams’ Logan Sargeant (1m27.175s) was 12th from Visa Cash App RB’s Yuki Tsunoda (1m27.269s), with Stake’s Zhou Guanyu (1m27.867s) 19th and Visa Cash App RB’s Daniel Ricciardo (1m27.949s).


The final part in F1 British GP qualifying saw dry conditions remain at Silverstone as the first run saw the Top 2 separated by just the 0.006s margin, with Mercedes’ Russell on top provisionally with a 1m26.024s from McLaren’s Norris.

The other Mercedes of Hamilton was third from McLaren’s Oscar Piastri with Red Bull’s Verstappen only fifth from Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg. The final run saw a British 1-2-3 finish in F1 British GP as a Mercedes 1-2 returned to the fold after a while.

It was Russell with F1 pole in British GP with a 1m25.819s lap ahead of teammate Hamilton (1m25.990s) as Norris (1m26.030s) rounded the Top 3, with Red Bull’s Verstappen (1m26.203s) managing only fourth after suspected floor damage.

Piastri (1m26.237s) ended up fifth from Hulkenberg (1m26.338s), who managed to beat Sainz (1m26.509s) in straight battle, with Stroll (1m26.585s) eighth ahead of Williams’ Alexander Albon (1m26.640s) and Alonso (1m26.917s) in the Top 10.

UPDATE: The stewards handed Stroll a reprimand for his pitlane exit despite the read light. The stewards gave him a lighter penalty since there was only 0.8s to react and that the Canadian did not gain anything from it. Here:

Also, Alonso was left off after the stewards couldn’t penalise him in any way under the current rules of ‘working on the car’ in the fast lane. Here:

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