Spanish driver Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) won his first pole position in his Formula 1 career this Saturday, as he was the fastest in qualifying for the British Grand Prix, the 10th race of the season.
Sainz set his best lap in the last attempt of the third qualifying round, lapping in 1.40.983 minutes, beating Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who was second, by 0.072 seconds. Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) was third, 0.315 seconds behind his teammate.
The session was marred by rain, which forced the drivers to mount intermediate tires. In Q3, the track began to dry out and the times were improving, with Verstappen, the current champion, quoting himself as the fastest after the first few attempts.
However, in the last seconds, Carlos Sainz beat the time of the Red Bull driver, who was behind the Spaniard and with the possibility of improving his time.
However, a yellow flag situation in the second of three sectors of the British circuit at Silverstone prevented Verstappen from beating Sainz, who was surprised by first place.
“I made the ‘pole’? How was it possible?”, asked Sainz over the radio, after receiving the news from the engineers.
Carlos Sainz is the second Spanish driver to achieve pole position in the Formula 1 World Championship, after Fernando Alonso (Alpine), who was seventh fastest today.
After the ‘pole position’, the Spanish driver is now aiming for the first victory of his career.
“I think so. We have a good pace and I think we fixed some problems. Max [Verstappen] will put a lot of pressure, but we’ll see what we can do”, underlined the Ferrari driver.
Sainz was the 104th different driver to win a pole position in Formula 1, the 34th for Ferrari, which now has 272 poles in its history.
Mexican Sérgio Pérez (Red Bull) was fourth, 0.633 seconds behind Sainz, with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) fifth, 1.012 seconds ahead of his compatriot Lando Norris (McLaren) and Alonso. Britain’s George Russell (Mercedes) was eighth, followed by China’s Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) and Canadian Nicholas Latifi (Williams), who had never made it to the finals of qualifying.
The British GP is the 10th race of the season.
Source: With Agencies