British GP: Hamilton takes sprint pole for tomorrow’s race

In the sprint race tomorrow, it will be Lewis Hamilton who will start first in front of the British fans in Silverstone.

One of the main differences of this qualifying session (aside from being on a Friday evening) is that the drivers could only use the red-striped soft tyres, rather than having a free choice of compound.

In Q1, Yuki Tsunoda couldn’t get out of the bottom-five along with Kimi Raikkonen and Nicholas Latifi.

The two Haas drivers of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin also failed to progress through the first qualifying session.

The second qualifying saw Fernando Alonso knocked out ahead of Pierre Gasly and teammate Esteban Ocon.

Antonio Giovinazzi and Lance Stroll couldn’t manage a lap good enough to go to Q3 either, finishing 14th and 15th.

The standout of Q2 was once again George Russell, who put his Williams in seventh to progress into the final qualifying session in front of his home crowd.

In the final qualifying session Lewis Hamilton lit up the British crowd with a sensational sprint pole and will start the sprint race ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen.

Valtteri Bottas heads up the front-row, with Charles Leclerc starting fourth ahead of Sergio Perez, who had his lap-time deleted due to track limits at the end.

McLaren duo Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo ended qualifying sixth and seventh, Ricciardo recalling a more promising qualifying performance compared to recent rounds.

Russell impressed in Q3 to finish eighth, with Carlos Sainz and Sebastian Vettel in ninth and 10th.