2023 British Grand Prix qualifying report and highlights: Verstappen beats Norris in wet-dry qualifying at Silverstone

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen took five pole positions and seven places so far in the 2023 season, beating McLaren pair Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri during Saturday’s action-packed, wet and dry qualifying session at the Silverstone circuit. point.

Verstappen overcame the changeable conditions – and a moment on pit lane saw him damage his front wing – to emerge with landmark pole, finishing two tenths clear of fired-up home favorite Norris and a further tenth behind Piastre.

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Ferrari and Mercedes followed Line Astern in positions four through seven, with Charles Leclerc leading Carlos Sainz and George Russell ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

After flirting with a Q1 exit on a slippery track, Alex Alban parlayed his and Williams’ strong practice pace as the session progressed, emerging with P8 ahead of Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso and Alpine’s Pierre Gasly.

Nico Hulkenberg qualified fastest of the Haas drivers in 11th, ahead of Lance Stroll and Esteban Ocon, the two Aston Martins in the top 10 shootout and the Alpines unable to match each other at the end of Q2. .

Williams rookie Logan Sargent was eliminated several times on his way to 14th place, meaning he had to watch team-mate Alban perform, while Valtteri Bottas advanced to stage two but was unable to compete as his Alfa Romeo stopped. Track in Q1.

After exiting Q1 in Monaco and exiting Q2 in Spain, Canada and Austria, Sergio Perez’s other Red Bull couldn’t make it beyond the first qualifying section, not dropping two-hundredths of a second in tricky conditions.

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AlphaTauri pair Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck de Vries fell at the first barrier in 17th and 19th respectively, sandwiching the Alfa Romeo of Zhou Guanyu, who will be questioned later in the session after getting in Ogon’s way at high-speed maggots. /Becketts Campus.

Kevin Magnussen brought up the rear in 20th, Haas lost driving power and stopped at the exit of Stowe, which brought out the red flags and led to several advances as action resumed.

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Q1 – Norris dances in the rain as Perez hits trouble again

After a rain-affected final practice session, uneven conditions continued for qualifying as heavy rain made for a wet F2 race, but another break in the weather was only wet at the start of Q1.

With heavy rain in the air, the drivers were quick to exit and gain a few laps as the first stage began, bringing an intriguing mix of tire choices as the Ferrari drivers, Haas cars and Williams rookie Sergeant made their way to the intermediates. Soft slicks went down the field.

Leclerc immediately called for a switch to dry tires and the quintet returned to the pits to bolt on the softs, although Hamilton showed just how dangerous the rolling conditions can be in the wild slope and gravel at Stow – the seven-time world champion. Continue again.

After Verstappen’s first attempt was cleared over the track limits, Alonso and Stroll briefly made up the Aston Martin, only for the Dutchman to make another pump and split the green machines, with reports of heavy rain. Inside

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Alonso and Verstappen traded pace over the next few minutes, the Red Bull man sitting 0.011s clear at 1m30.719s, Leclerc taking third from Russell and Ogan. At the other end of the order, Magnussen, Chow, Sergeant, Bottas and Alphonse (who lost time over track limits) were in the drop zone.

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