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Max verstappen has made history at Silverstone by winning the first Formula 1 sprint qualifying race. An experimental format that has debuted at the Great Britain Grand Prix and that in addition to awarding points (3,2 and 1) to the first three classified, he has decided the pole and the order of the grid for Sunday (4:00 p.m.).
Before the race, at 17 laps (100km), about a third of the usual distance, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton had already ‘warmed up’ their championship pulse. The Dutchman, who leads the general classification with 32 points more than the British, commanded the two free sessions, but Hamilton dominated the classification on Friday and made sure to start in front this Saturday. At this point, you had to choose: Was it worth taking risks or was a conservative strategy better to take the rest on Sunday, which is when more points are distributed?
The start, of vertigo, has cleared all doubts. Hamilton has been ‘nailed’ and Verstappen has won the position. The Englishman, angrily, has launched a withering attack on his rival in a maneuver to the limit, without calculating the possible consequences that a touch would have had. Fortunately both have endured the type. Max has retained his advantage, with the two Mercedes of Hamilton and Bottas in his wake and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) in fourth place.
Fernando Alonso has returned to do ‘magic’ at the start and has climbed into fifth position with the Alpine after starting eleventh. Spectacular. The Asturian, aware of the weaknesses of his car against Ferraris or McLaren, has played it at the beginning to try to improve his position on the grid tomorrow. Norris and Ricciardo have left him behind unceremoniously, but still Alonso has fulfilled his objective and will start seventh.
Carlos Sainz, that has received the impact of George Russell at the start, he was relegated to eighteenth place and had to tackle a difficult comeback to finish in his eleventh.
Experiment with the future?
The new grand prix format that has been put to the test at Silverstone with the sprint race on Saturday and the traditional long race on Sunday, will be analyzed in detail and repeated, probably with some changes, in Monza and Interlagos this same year. Among the pilots there is a division of opinions, but the first impression is positive and it seems that if the formula is successful it could end up being definitively implanted in the 2022 calendar. For the moment, on Friday, a day that usually goes unnoticed by fans, he brought together 90,000 spectators in the stands to attend the early time trial, much more attractive than the usual free rounds (FP1 and FP2). Of course, for the leader Verstappen, the classification lost all its incentive. “It is a bit strange to do a ‘qualy’ in which there is nothing at stake, not even pole & rdquor ;, he valued.
Today, much more satisfied after hanging the first laurel wreath around his neck in 35 years, Mad ‘Max’ has celebrated his pole position and has warned that this Sunday “we can be even stronger & rdquor ;.
Great Britain GP. Sprint Classification Race:
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 25: 38.426
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) at 1 “430
3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) at 7 “502
4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) at 11 “278
5. Lando Norris (McLaren) at 24 “111
6. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) at 30 “959
7. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) at 43 “527
8. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) at 44 “439
9. George Russell (Williams) at 46 “652
10. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) at 47 “395
11. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) at 47 “798
12. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) at 48 “763
13. Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo) at 50 “677
14. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) at 52 “179
15. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) at 53 “225
16. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) at 53 “567
17. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) at 55 “162
18. Mick Schumacher (Haas) at 68 “213
19. Nikita Mazepin (Haas) at 77 “648
2. Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) Retired