Max Verstappen looks serious while wearing a Red Bull cap

‘Some don’t like me’: British GP crowd cheers on Verstappen a year after Hamilton’s crash

It took Carlos Sainz 151 attempts to earn his first Formula 1 pole. Now he will chase that elusive first victory.

But alongside Sainz on the front row of the British Grand Prix, he defends F1 champion Max Verstappen, a year away from the crash with Lewis Hamilton that turned their title fight into a bitter rivalry.

Daniel Ricciardo’s battle continued in the wet conditions as the Australian qualified 14th.

Verstappen was booed by some in the crowd after the action-packed qualifying session in the rain, saying he could barely hear his trackside interview questions about the spot.

“If they want to captivate, they will. Nothing changes for me,” he said.

Sainz set the fastest time late in the third qualifying session to lead Verstappen by just 0.072 seconds. It was the seventh pole in 10 races for Ferrari this season, although Sainz’ teammate, Charles Leclerc, had taken the first six poles prior to Sainz’ surprise run.

“First pole position, it’s always special, and especially to do it in the rain at Silverstone,” said Sainz.

“I kept my cool during the session and towards the end I decided to push.”


Sainz narrowly missed what would have been his first career win two weeks ago at the Canadian Grand Prix, finishing just behind Verstappen.

The Spanish driver has been on the podium 11 times in his career, but never on the top step. He finished second three times this season.

Leclerc starts third, ahead of Sergio Pérez in the second Red Bull.

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