Sainz on pole position for the first time

Wet conditions make for a testing qualifying at Silverstone

GP GRAN BRETAGNA F1/2022 - VENERDI’ 01/07/2022 credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Carlos Sainz will start a Formula 1 Grand Prix from pole position for the first time in his career after setting the pace in qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The rain started to fall about 10 minutes before the start of qualifying, meaning the cars took to the track on intermediate tyres at the start of the session.

With a dry line starting to emerge towards the end of Q1, times got quicker and quicker, but Sebastian Vettel was the first driver to take the chequered flag, costing him the chance to set a flying lap in the best of the conditions.

He and Aston Martin teammate Lance Stroll both missed out, alongside the Haas drivers and Alex Albon, who was outqualified by Williams teammate Nicholas Latifi for the first time this year.

The rain gradually got heavier throughout Q2, so those who couldn’t put their best lap together early on were left in the bottom five, while Latifi managed to get a solid time in to make it through to the top 10 shootout for the first time in his career.

While pushing for pole, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen both had spins, while Sainz put his best lap of the session together as the track was drying again, ensuring he’ll start tomorrow’s race at the front of the field.

Provisional qualifying result:

1 Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

3. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

5. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

6. Lando Norris (McLaren)

7. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)

8. George Russell (Mercedes)

9. Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo)

10. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

11. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)

12. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)

13. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)

14. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)

15. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)

16. Alex Albon (Williams)

17. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

18. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)

19. Mick Schumacher (Haas)

20. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)

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