Verstappen leads Lando Norris in British GP qualifying

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone Circuit on July 08, 2023 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202307080234 // Usage for editorial use only //

In keeping with the charming British weather theme, Saturday’s qualifying for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone was a mixed bag. The obligatory light English rain starting and stopping offered a drying and dampening circuit in Q1 but like all storms over England, the clouds parted and the sun made its entrance in Q3 and offered a slightly unorthodox starting grid.

While it may have been hard to deny Max Verstappen pole position, the real action happened in the final laps of Q3 with Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri putting their McLaren’s in P2 and P3 respectively. A great result for a team that needed some redemption from where they started the season at.

Perhaps the track flattered the McLaren’s a bit but new upgrades may also be to blame for their reversal or performance putting them among the leaders for best-of-the-rest. An inspired drive by hometown hero, Lando, had the British crowd cheering for a British driver not named Lewis Hamilton.

As exciting as that was, George Russell was the other British driver putting his Mercedes in P6 ahead of the veteran Lewis Hamilton which means the three British drivers will all start in the top 7 places on Sunday.

If that wasn’t good news enough for British fans, The Williams of Alex Albon was also in the top 8 with an incredibly performance from a car that’s really come on strong int eh last two races.

British GP Qualifying:

11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:29.4281:27.7021:26.72026
24Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:28.9171:28.0421:26.96126
381Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:29.8741:27.8451:27.09226
416Charles LeclercFERRARI1:29.1431:28.3611:27.13625
555Carlos SainzFERRARI1:29.8651:28.2651:27.14826
663George RussellMERCEDES1:29.4121:28.7821:27.15524
744Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:29.4151:28.5451:27.21125
823Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:29.4661:28.0671:27.53025
914Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:29.9491:28.3681:27.65924
1010Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:29.5331:28.7511:27.68924
1127Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:29.6031:28.89617
1218Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:29.4481:28.93519
1331Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:29.7001:28.95618
142Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:29.8731:29.03119
1577Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:29.79811
1611Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:29.96811
1722Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT1:30.02511
1824Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:30.12311
1921Nyck De VriesALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT1:30.51311
2020Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:32.3787
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