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F1 qualifying results: Max Verstappen takes British GP pole from McLarens

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took pole position for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the 11th round of the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship, ahead of a rejuvenated McLaren team.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19

Photo by: Erik Junius

Verstappen will start ahead of the McLarens of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri after the one-hour qualifying session, which is split into three segments with five cars each being knocked out in Q1 and Q2 before the top-10 shootout of Q3.

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British Grand Prix qualifying results: Verstappen on pole from Norris

Cla Driver Car / Engine   Time   Delay 
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda RBPT 1'26.720  
4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1'26.961 0.241
81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 1'27.092 0.372
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'27.136 0.416
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'27.148 0.428
63 George Russell Mercedes 1'27.155 0.435
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'27.211 0.491
23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 1'27.530 0.810
14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 1'27.659 0.939
10  10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 1'27.689 0.969
11  27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 1'28.896 2.176
12  18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1'28.935 2.215
13  31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1'28.956 2.236
14  2 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 1'29.031 2.311
15  77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari - -
16  11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull/Honda RBPT 1'29.968 3.248
17  22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1'30.025 3.305
18  24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1'30.123 3.403
19  21 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1'30.513 3.793
20  20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1'32.378 5.658

What happened in British GP Q1?

In damp but drying track conditions, Lewis Hamilton was setting the pace for Mercedes when he spun into the gravel at Stowe but was able to rejoin. With all drivers going for slicks, Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) set the bar at 1m31.437s, lowering it to 1m30.730s, before Verstappen pipped him with 1m30.719s as rain began to fall again.

Kevin Magussen’s Haas ground to a halt on the exit of Stowe, causing a red flag. Ahead of the restart, Verstappen understeered into the pitwall, breaking his front wing.

In a one-lap sprint to the chequered flag on a fully dry track, Lando Norris (McLaren) unleashed 1m28.917s to end the session on top ahead of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Mercedes duo George Russell and Hamilton, and Verstappen.

Falling at the first hurdle were Sergio Perez (Red Bull, failing to progress for the fifth time in a row), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo), Nyck de Vries (AlphaTauri, who is likely to get a grid penalty for an unsafe release in the pits) and Magnussen.

British GP Q1 results: Norris fastest from Leclerc

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 United Kingdom Lando Norris 11 1'28.917     238.510
2 Monaco Charles Leclerc 11 1'29.143 0.226 0.226 237.905
3 United Kingdom George Russell 10 1'29.412 0.495 0.269 237.189
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 11 1'29.415 0.498 0.003 237.181
5 Netherlands Max Verstappen 11 1'29.428 0.511 0.013 237.147
6 Canada Lance Stroll 11 1'29.448 0.531 0.020 237.094
7 Thailand Alex Albon 11 1'29.466 0.549 0.018 237.046
8 France Pierre Gasly 11 1'29.533 0.616 0.067 236.869
9 Germany Nico Hulkenberg 11 1'29.603 0.686 0.070 236.684
10 France Esteban Ocon 11 1'29.700 0.783 0.097 236.428
11 Finland Valtteri Bottas 11 1'29.798 0.881 0.098 236.170
12 Spain Carlos Sainz 12 1'29.865 0.948 0.067 235.993
13 United States Logan Sargeant 11 1'29.873 0.956 0.008 235.972
14 Australia Oscar Piastri 11 1'29.874 0.957 0.001 235.970
15 Spain Fernando Alonso 10 1'29.949 1.032 0.075 235.773
16 Mexico Sergio Perez 11 1'29.968 1.051 0.019 235.723
17 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 11 1'30.025 1.108 0.057 235.574
18 China Zhou Guanyu 11 1'30.123 1.206 0.098 235.318
19 Netherlands Nyck de Vries 11 1'30.513 1.596 0.390 234.304
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 7 1'32.378 3.461 1.865 229.574

What happened in British GP Q2?

This session began in sunshine and some raindrops falling, with Alonso – who only made it through Q1 by 0.019s – setting the initial pace at 1m30.660s. Norris took away the top spot with 1m29.427s, 0.044s ahead of Pierre Gasly (Alpine) and Verstappen, before Alonso pushed again and took P1 with 1m29.052s.

In the closing minutes, home heroes Hamilton and Norris then took turns at the top to the crowd’s delight, until Verstappen restored normal service with 1m27.702s, just a tenth and a half faster than Piastri.

Knocked out at this point were Nico Hulkenberg (Haas), Lance Stroll (Aston), Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Logan Sargeant (Williams) and the Alfa of Valtteri Bottas, which didn’t run after a power loss at the end of Q1.

British GP Q2 results: Verstappen fastest from Piastri

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 9 1'27.702     241.814
2 Australia Oscar Piastri 9 1'27.845 0.143 0.143 241.420
3 United Kingdom Lando Norris 9 1'28.042 0.340 0.197 240.880
4 Thailand Alex Albon 8 1'28.067 0.365 0.025 240.812
5 Spain Carlos Sainz 8 1'28.265 0.563 0.198 240.271
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc 8 1'28.361 0.659 0.096 240.010
7 Spain Fernando Alonso 8 1'28.368 0.666 0.007 239.991
8 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 8 1'28.545 0.843 0.177 239.512
9 France Pierre Gasly 7 1'28.751 1.049 0.206 238.956
10 United Kingdom George Russell 8 1'28.782 1.080 0.031 238.872
11 Germany Nico Hulkenberg 6 1'28.896 1.194 0.114 238.566
12 Canada Lance Stroll 8 1'28.935 1.233 0.039 238.461
13 France Esteban Ocon 7 1'28.956 1.254 0.021 238.405
14 United States Logan Sargeant 8 1'29.031 1.329 0.075 238.204
15 Finland Valtteri Bottas 0        

What happened in British GP Q3?

On the first runs, Verstappen set the target at 1m27.084s, six tenths ahead of Hamilton and Piastri.

On the final runs, Norris snatched provisional pole with 1m26.961s before Verstappen grabbed it back with 1m26.720s, taking P1 by 0.241s, with Piastri in third, 0.372s down.

Leclerc took fourth, ahead of Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz, Russell and Hamilton. Alex Albon will start eighth for Williams from Alonso and Gasly.

British GP Q3 results: Verstappen takes pole

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 6 1'26.720     244.552
2 United Kingdom Lando Norris 6 1'26.961 0.241 0.241 243.874
3 Australia Oscar Piastri 6 1'27.092 0.372 0.131 243.508
4 Monaco Charles Leclerc 6 1'27.136 0.416 0.044 243.385
5 Spain Carlos Sainz 6 1'27.148 0.428 0.012 243.351
6 United Kingdom George Russell 6 1'27.155 0.435 0.007 243.331
7 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 6 1'27.211 0.491 0.056 243.175
8 Thailand Alex Albon 6 1'27.530 0.810 0.319 242.289
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 6 1'27.659 0.939 0.129 241.932
10 France Pierre Gasly 6 1'27.689 0.969 0.030 241.850
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