British GP: Russell at home

British GP: Russell at home

George Russell claimed his third career pole position after a troubled start to the British Grand Prix qualifying session. Mercedes took a one-two finish with Lewis Hamilton as Lando Norris finished third.

This time, George Russell owes his performance only to himself! A week after taking advantage of the collision between Lando Norris and Max Verstappen to win the Austrian Grand Prix, the Mercedes driver confirmed the steps forward made by the Brackley-based team by going for pole position in front of his Silverstone home crowd. With a final lap of 1’25”819, he deprived his teammate Lewis Hamilton of an eighth pole position at the British Grand Prix.

However, the two British drivers allowed the “Silver Arrows” to lock the front row. Lando Norris, who dominated the debates during free practice this Friday, was not able to respond to his compatriots. Pushed back to 211 thousandths, the McLaren driver abandoned his last attempt, which did not live up to expectations and had to settle for third place.

Verstappen only in second row

He will have a certain Max Verstappen at his side this Sunday. The Dutchman, caught out by a short shower in the middle of Q1 that sent him into the gravel, had to deal with a Red Bull Racing that was damaged from an aerodynamic point of view and could only do fourth time ahead of Oscar Piastri and a surprising Nico Hülkenberg, at the wheel of a Haas that was celebrating like rarely before.

Ferrari’s only representative in Q3, Carlos Sainz Jr confirmed the Maranello team’s difficulties with a seventh place on the starting grid with Lance Stroll at his side. Indeed, Charles Leclerc saw the place in the last segment of this qualifying session slip away from him by 159 thousandths of a second. But, once again, the poor performance of the day goes to Sergio Pérez, who further weakens his position within the Red Bull Racing team.

Perez with Gasly at the back of the grid

And this while the competition from Daniel Ricciardo could upset the plans for the driver who recently extended with the Milton Keynes team. The Mexican committed the irreparable while he had put on slick tyres on a track that was starting to dry. Losing control of his car in the fast Copse corner, he got stuck in the gravel trap, causing a red flag and his relegation to the last row alongside Pierre Gasly.

The latter did not force his mechanics while the heavy penalties received at the start of the weekend for changes of engine components outside the quota condemned him to last position. His teammate Esteban Ocon was hardly more at ease, failing in Q1 with the 18th time. Which will force the Alpine drivers to work hard this Sunday during a British Grand Prix that could also be disrupted by the weather.

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