In dense rain during qualifying for the British Grand Prix, the Spaniard is the fastest in a Ferrari. Max Verstappen is slowed down by a yellow flag. Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel disappoint.
Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz Jr. surprisingly secured pole position for the British Grand Prix on Sunday (start 4 p.m. CEST) in the rain chaos at Silverstone. For Sainz, it is the first pole of his career at his 150th Formula 1 Grand Prix. The Spaniard prevailed under adverse conditions on the traditional track against world champion Max Verstappen in the Red Bull and his teammate Charles Leclerc. Verstappen was also very fast on the last fast lap in the last qualifying section but was slowed down because yellow flags were waved after Leclerc spun. The Dutchman had to slow down and the chance of a first place on the grid was gone.
Former world champions Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher experienced a small disaster. One day before his 35th birthday, Vettel only finished 18th in his Aston Martin, and Schumacher was penultimate – a major setback for the Haas driver, who actually wanted to aim for his first World Championship points on Sunday. Better weather is expected for the race, so it will be more difficult to make up positions.
Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari): “It was a good lap. I had a lot of problems with the standing water on the ideal line. It was difficult to get the temperature in the tires in these conditions. I actually thought the lap was nothing special. That it was for the Poile took me by surprise.”
Max Verstappen (Red Bull): “It was quite a difficult qualifying session. You had to be on the track at the right time, Carlos did that well. In Q3 it’s a lottery sometimes. I was a bit unlucky with the yellow flag on the last quick lap.”
Mick Schumacher (Haas): “We had a problem with the car. The steering wheel was quite far to the left. As a result, we had extremely high understeer and oversteer in other corners. It’s not what we were hoping for.”
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin): “I don’t think we had the same problem as in Canada. But it’s bitter that we’re out so early again and of course, I’m disappointed. We just don’t have the speed. It was also in dry it’s not like we flew. It’s going to be tough.”
The former airfield of the British Air Force is the cradle of Formula 1. In May 1950 the first Grand Prix was held at Silverstone. Since then, the “Home of British Motor Racing” has been one of the fastest circuits on the calendar. Many rapid curves and the high proportion of full-throttle require a lot of courage from the pilots. Passages like “Copse”, “Maggotts”, “Becketts” or “Chapel” have long been legends. The motorsport heart of the country beats around Silverstone. Six out of ten racing teams have their team headquarters on the island and therefore regard the Grand Prix as a home game. For Sebastian Vettel, it is only a short walk from the Aston Martin Racing factory to the entrance to the race track.