Event: British Grand Prix
Track: Silverstone Circuit

Weather: dry  25.4°C
Tarmac: dry  47.1°C
Humidity : 50.8%
Wind : 0.6 m/s SE
Pressure: 1009.8 bar

Lewis Hamilton will start from P1 for tomorrow's first ever sprint qualifying session to be driven at Silverstone.

The weather was perfect around Silverstone. Sunny blue skies and a high ambient temperature made qualifying with a full house a really great spectacle.

Q1
Max Verstappen's first lap was spot on in the Red Bull and already 0.4s faster than his main rival Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes who again was 0.3s slower than Hamilton. Fernando Alonso showed his skills again and even was 4th quickest on only 0.1s behind Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes.

With 5 minutes to go the drivers who had to improve to get into Q2 were: Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Mick Schumacher (Haas) and Nikita Mazepin (Haas).

In the last run Hamilton got very close to the time of Verstappen. The British driver was only 0.035s slower, because the circuit also got quicker.

Ricciardo and Stroll did a good enough lap in the dying moments of Q1 and made it to Q2. They pushed out Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) and Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo).

Q2
The first who went out to set a lap time in Q2 was Valtteri Bottas, but Verstappen again was quickest straight out of the pit box with a 1:26.504 min. Hamilton was only 0.098s slower.

With 5 minutes to go the drivers in the drop zone were Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), George Russell (Williams), Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) and Stroll who also had to improve in Q1.

At the end of Q2 George Russell and Lewis Hamilton drove a very clean lap. Russell's lap was quick enough to get into Q3 and push out Esteban Ocon (Alpine). Hamilton pushed Verstappen to P2 after he clocked a 1:26.023 min in his last lap.

Q3
Verstappen was driving behind Hamilton in the first stint while the shadows got longer as the sunset was starting. Hamilton was +0.172s quicker than Verstappen after the first stint. The Dutchman was complaining about understeer towards his team on the radio.

The second stint showed Hamilton even could go quicker in the first 2 sectors, but had some oversteer moments in the last sector. Verstappen came close on +0.075s. Russell drove a second epic lap and even got P8 in front of Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz and Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel.

The pole time of last year's British GP was a 1:24.303 min driven by Lewis Hamilton for the Mercedes team.

Qualifying Times 2021 British GP

PosNoDriverTeamQ1Q2Q3Laps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:26.7861:26.0231:26.13423
233Max VerstappenRed Bull1:26.7511:26.3151:26.20916
377Valtteri BottasMercedes1:27.4871:26.7641:26.32822
416Charles LeclercFerrari1:27.0511:26.9191:26.82820
511Sergio PérezRed Bull1:27.1211:27.0731:26.84417
64Lando NorrisMcLaren1:27.4441:27.2201:26.89720
73Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:27.3231:27.1251:26.89922
863George RussellWilliams1:27.6711:27.0801:26.97117
955Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1:27.3371:26.8481:27.00721
105Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:27.4931:27.1031:27.17915
1114Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:27.5801:27.24512
1210Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:27.6001:27.27314
1331Esteban OconAlpine1:27.4151:27.34012
1499Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:27.5951:27.61715
1518Lance StrollAston Martin1:28.01712
1622Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:28.04310
177Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:28.0629
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:28.2548
1947Mick SchumacherHaas1:28.73810
209Nikita MazepinHaas1:29.0519


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5 F1 Fan comments on “F1 Qualifying Results 2021 British Grand Prix

  1. shroppyfly

    A few things , firstly well done GR and LN really good, 2nd--how much was the tow worth?/ its fine to do it, but how much was it worth 2ths/3ths, it doesnt matter, and VB interview , when asked , did you drag LH around ?--he said we got the best result for the team or something very very similar so basically hes saying yes i gave him a tow.., and BA as im now calling him, in his interview , nothing about VB help , if indeed he did help to give LH a tow and it was actually less than a tenth gap, max wasn't happy, now wheres the fanboys, as im slating there hero again....bring it on...

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  2. shroppyfly

    As there is no update about the sprint race ill do it here

    Lewis to Pete B-- i need more power..! Pete B to lewis-- Drive faster

    Interviewer to Max -- so how was that, Max remaining polite , it was pretty easy really --

    Great to see Hamilton getting schooled by a driver who can compete and is not intimidated. Verstappen is more than a match for Hamilton and destroyed him in the first lap today. That was a real headshot for Hamilton and will have damaged his confidence.

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