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F1 | British GP | Qualifying Report: Sainz takes his first ever pole in the rain

The Spanish driver will start tomorrow's race ahead of Verstappen and Leclerc after some early Q2 issues. It's a first time Q3 appearence for Latifi, and the second in a row for Zhou, while both Aston Martins were out again in Q1 and both AlphaTauri in Q2.

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F1 | British GP | Qualifying Report: Sainz takes his first ever pole in the rain
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It's a first ever pole position in F1 for Carlos Sainz Jr, who goes fastest under the pouring rain at Silverstone in spite of struggling to make the cut in Q2. Only 0.072s behind the Spanish driver, championship leader Max Verstappen will start from P2, while the other Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc missed out on a final pole attempt due to a spin, and didn't improve his P3, starting alongside Sergio Perez.

I's also a British thrid row lockout, as Hamilton took P5 ahead of Norris, while Russell will have to make his way up the field from P8 to keep up his top 5 finish streak.

Q1 began under the pouring rain, with all the drivers rolling out on track immediately except for the Alpines. After the first attempts, Charles Leclerc held the fastest lap in 1:43.028, closely followed by the Mercedes.

With ten minutes to go, all drivers are out on intermediates and Verstappen went fastest, only for Leclerc to improve the Red Bull driver's time by six tenths. Sebastian Vettel is forced to abort his first attempt before signing a lap and returns for an early pit.

As the intensity of the rain appears to be decreasing, Verstappen goes fastest again in 1:40.452, improving by more than a second local hero George Russell's provisional top time. Alfa Romeo's Zhou, hoping to return for the second time in Q3, slots in P5.

The reigning champion is also the first driver to sign a lap under the 1:40s, but the Mercedes are showing better pace, with Hamilton in P2 while Russell signs purple sectors.

It's the first seasonal appearance for Nicholas Latifi in Q2, and the first time the Williams driver has outqualified his teammate Alex Albon, who was running with a big upgrade package. It's also the second (wet) race in a row in which both Aston Martin drivers can't make the cut to Q2.

Out in Q1: Stroll, Schumacher, Vettel, Magnussen, Albon.

Q2: Rain is still coming down at Silverstone, as all cars involved return on track. Hamilton mentions vibration issues with his tyres as the Red Bulls go for a provisional 1-2 at the ten minutes mark.

Ferrari appears to be struggling a bit in these wet conditons, especially Carlos Sainz which is stuck in P14. Leclerc got insted the top spot, but it was shortly lived as Verstappen and Hamilton both improved his time by half a second.

An impressive Latifi has been sitting in P9 for most of the session, and is still qualified in Q3 with only five minutes to spare in the session and as the rain intensity picked up again, with Valtteri Bottas mentioning a lack of visibility.

Another young driver that might be outqualifying his teammate is Zhou, who replaced the Canadian in P9 after being the fastest at the beginning of Q2. It's also a second Q3 appearance in a row for the rookie Chinese driver.

Esteban Ocon, at the moment in P15, tried to get out of the elimination zone by improving his personal best in the first two sectors, but going wide on the kerbs while heading to the Wellington straight, failing to putting his Alpine through in the end.

Out in Q2: Ocon, Ricciardo, Tsunoda, Bottas, Gasly.

Q3: All drivers came out on the extremely wet track, as the rain is supposed to return later in the session. Max Verstappen signed off a first sector purple lap but ended up spinning an ruining his first attempt. Provisional P1 goes than to Fernando Alonso, with a 3.2s advantage on P2.

Sainz improved Alonso's time, but his lap was cancelled due to track limits. With five minutes to spare in the session, Leclerc and Verstappen are fighting closely for the top spot.

But the Ferrari's P2 is replaced by Norris's McLaren and then by both Mercedes, with Hamilton only 0.027s off Verstappen's time. Sainz appears to be struggling again in the wet conditions, as he is stuck in P8. 

In spite of the rain intensity picking up again, the drivers keep improving their lap times. The Ferraris went briefly for a 1-2, but Leclerc's time is improved by Verstappen and Sainz's by Perez.

Last driver to cross the line was Alonso with 2s to spare. Leclerc will miss out on a final pole attempt due to spinning in the first sector, but his teammate goes fastest in 1:40.938. Not even Verstappen can match the Spanish driver's time, who will start from pole position for the first time in his career.

 

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