Grand Prix results: Verstappen wins F1 sprint for British GP pole

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the first-ever Formula 1 sprint event to take pole position for the British Grand Prix, the tenth race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

With its starting lineup set by qualifying on Friday evening, the 100km sprint decides the grid order for Sunday’s British GP.

Verstappen outdragged Hamilton away from the startline and repelled two attacks from his title rival on the opening lap. Verstappen’s victory officially gives him the British GP pole position accolade.

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2021 British Grand Prix sprint results

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Interval
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 17 25'38.426
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 17 25'39.856 1.430
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 17 25'45.928 6.072
4 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 17 25'49.704 3.776
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 17 26'02.537 12.833
6 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 17 26'09.385 6.848
7 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 17 26'21.953 12.568
8 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 17 26'22.865 0.912
9 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 17 26'25.078 2.213
10 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 17 26'25.821 0.743
11 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari 17 26'26.224 0.403
12 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 17 26'27.189 0.965
13 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 17 26'29.103 1.914
14 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 17 26'30.605 1.502
15 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 17 26'31.651 1.046
16 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri 17 26'31.993 0.342
17 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 17 26'33.588 1.595
18 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas 17 26'46.639 13.051
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
Haas 17 26'56.074 9.435
20 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 16 25'09.289 1 Lap

How the British Grand Prix sprint unfolded

Although his brakes caught fire on the grid, Verstappen beat pole sitter Hamilton on the run to Turn 1. Hamilton twice got alongside the Red Bull into Brooklands and Copse on the opening lap, but Verstappen held him off both times.

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From third on the grid Valtteri Bottas started his Mercedes on soft tyres, unlike the majority on mediums, along with the Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen. Alonso used the extra grip to leap from 11th to fifth, after a stunning sequence of opening corners, to run behind Bottas and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez lost track position to both McLarens but re-passed Daniel Ricciardo on the opening lap. Further back, George Russell (Williams) and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) touched at Brooklands, sending Sainz back to 18th – while Nikita Mazepin hit his Haas teammate Mick Schumacher and spun.

Verstappen pulled out of Hamilton's DRS range out front, but his teammate Perez spun off at Becketts on Lap 5, dropping to 19th.

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Norris passed Alonso for fifth on Lap 6 at Village, while Ricciardo did likewise at The Loop four tours later.

Verstappen cruised to victory over Hamilton by 1.4s, with Bottas a distant third ahead of Leclerc, Norris and Ricciardo. Alonso fell back into the clutches of Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, but the German couldn’t find a way past. Russell and Ocon rounded out the top 10.

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Sainz recovered to finish 11th, while Perez retired his car from 18th place at the start of the final lap.

After the race, Russell was given a three-place grid penalty for his clash with Sainz, and will start 12.

2021 Formula 1 British Grand Prix sprint fastest laps

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
17 1'29.937 235.805
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
17 1'29.958 0.021 0.021 235.750
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen
14 1'30.013 0.076 0.055 235.605
4 Monaco Charles Leclerc
16 1'30.163 0.226 0.150 235.214
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris
16 1'30.566 0.629 0.403 234.167
6 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
17 1'30.640 0.703 0.074 233.976
7 Mexico Sergio Perez
6 1'31.465 1.528 0.825 231.865
8 Germany Sebastian Vettel
17 1'31.687 1.750 0.222 231.304
9 Spain Fernando Alonso
17 1'31.773 1.836 0.086 231.087
10 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
10 1'31.991 2.054 0.218 230.539
11 France Pierre Gasly
17 1'32.072 2.135 0.081 230.337
12 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
12 1'32.139 2.202 0.067 230.169
13 Canada Nicholas Latifi
17 1'32.143 2.206 0.004 230.159
14 France Esteban Ocon
16 1'32.183 2.246 0.040 230.059
15 United Kingdom George Russell
17 1'32.208 2.271 0.025 229.997
16 Canada Lance Stroll
12 1'32.210 2.273 0.002 229.992
17 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
14 1'32.270 2.333 0.060 229.842
18 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
14 1'32.457 2.520 0.187 229.377
19 Germany Mick Schumacher
15 1'32.567 2.630 0.110 229.105
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
3 1'33.462 3.525 0.895 226.911
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