Formula 1: Russell takes pole, all British lockout


For the first time since Brazil 2022 it will be an all-Mercedes front row for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix as George Russell took pole ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton for his second of the season as the newly invigorated Mercedes squad takes the fight to McLaren and Red Bull. Fellow Briton and home crowd favorite, Lando Norris, starts third ahead of Max Verstappen and teammate Oscar Piastri.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the thrilling action from qualifying at Silverstone as Russell beats Hamilton to home pole

Q1 Results:

After a positive final practice it was Lewis Hamilton who set the pace in Q1 as the changing conditions caught several drivers out. Verstappen set the initial benchmark during the first round of hot laps, with the Dutch driver setting down a 1:37.518s lap as the track began to dry out as Lando Norris and both Mercedes drivers settled in behind him. With about 10 minutes left in the session, drivers began to queue for their second runs on the soft compound tires as a dry line had formed enough for quick laps, but a red flag brough out by Sergio Perez would grind everything to a halt. The Mexican driver was forced to abandon his Red Bull in the gravel after a snap oversteer spun him off track at Copse, relegating him to 19th on the grid for the race and continuing his disappointing run of qualifying sessions.

Drivers out in Q1:

  • 16th: Valtteri Bottas (Kick Sauber)
  • 17th: Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
  • 18th: Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
  • 19th: Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
  • 20th: Pierre Gasly (Alpine)

Q2 Results:

With race control confirming normal conditions were at play in Q2, it was all hands on deck for the remaining 15 drivers attempting to make the final Q3 session. Lando Norris led the pace early during the first set of runs before Fernando Alonso leapt to the top of the time sheets asfurther down the order the Williams pair of Sargaent and Albon found themselves in the top 10. Halfway through, it was Carlos Sainz on top as the Spanish driver outperformed his teammate as LeClerc was unable to set a lap time strong enough for the top 10 and would be dropped out in 11th position. As the time ticked down to zero, Max Verstappen found himself at threat of dropping out but was able to haul his Red Bull out of the bottom five and up to P6. Joining LeClerc was Logan Sargaent, who qualified 12th – his best of the year – as well as the RB pair of Ricciardo and Tsunoda, and Zhou Guanyu.

Drivers out in Q2:

  • 11th: Charles LeClerc (Ferrari)
  • 12th: Logan Sargaent (Willians)
  • 13th: Yuki Tsunoda (RB)
  • 14th: Zhou Guanyu (Kick Sauber)
  • 15th: Daniel Ricciardo (RB)

Q3 Results:

Q3 began quietly, with teams starting their initial runs as Red Bull scrambled to assess whether or not Verstappen suffered damage from a Q2 trip through the gravel. The issues seemed to have been mitigated, however, as the Red Bull driver was quickly back on track with Lando Norris on top in provisional pole. Soon thereafter, George Russell set a lap 0.006s quicker than his countryman to take the top step away as Lewis Hamilton slotted into 3rd position.

After a brief lull, it was back to the action as Alex Albon led the field out of pit lane for the final runs of the session. Max Verstappen’s final effort went to waste as the Dutchman lost time in his final run in the first sector, leaving him 4th on the grid behind Russell, Norris, and Hamilton. The crowd roared to life as Hamilton crossed the line for the final time, dropping Norris to 3rd and Russell to 2nd as he went to to the top, but was soon dropped down as Russell improved to take pole from his teammate, locking out the front row for the 82nd time in Mercedes history and making it a 1-2-3 British lockout for the first time since the South African Grand Prix in 1986.

The field is set and it’s anyone’s game in the top 5 as Mercedes takes the fight to Red Bull and McLaren. Tune in live for all the action starting at 15:00 local time and check back here for our post race report.

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DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
July 5thPractice 112:30 – 13:30
Practice 216:00 – 17:00
July 6thPractice 311:30 – 12:30
Qualifying15:00 – 16:00
July 7thRace15:00

Qualifying Results

163George RussellMERCEDES1:30.1061:26.7231:25.81926
244Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:29.5471:26.7701:25.99025
34Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:31.5961:26.5591:26.03022
41Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:31.3421:26.7961:26.20324
581Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:30.8951:26.7331:26.23724
627Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:31.9291:26.8471:26.33817
755Carlos SainzFERRARI1:30.5571:26.8431:26.50924
818Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:31.4101:26.9381:26.58524
923Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:31.1351:26.9331:26.64023
1014Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:31.2641:26.7301:26.91724
1116Charles LeclercFERRARI1:30.4961:27.09718
122Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:31.6081:27.17520
1322Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:30.9941:27.26917
1424Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:31.1901:27.86722
153Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:31.2911:27.94918
1677Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:32.43111
1720Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:32.9056
1831Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:34.55711
1911Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:38.3485
2010Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:39.8047