British GP: Who Is on Pole Position & What Is the Starting Grid After Russell’s F1 Penalty?

Published 07/18/2021, 4:09 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 General view at the start of sprint qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

We are just hours away from the British GP at Silverstone, and Max Verstappen has taken pole position with a sparkling performance in yesterday’s sprint qualifying. The Dutchman beat his arch-rival, Lewis Hamilton, in the seventeen-lap race to start at the front of the grid.


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Hence, the Red Bull prodigy is hoping to keep the Mercedes driver in his rear-view mirrors and bag yet another victory for the Milton-Keynes outfit.

With the usual Mercedes-Red Bull front row, how does the rest of the grid look?


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Verstappen takes pole at the British GP after beating the two Mercedes

The race at Silverstone saw Verstappen take pole after winning the sprint race, with Hamilton behind him in P2. Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes will find himself starting in third place.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finds himself in P4, followed by the McLarens of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso finds himself starting the race in seventh place, with one of his fiercest rivals, Sebastian Vettel starting the race in eighth.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during sprint qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz in the second Ferrari will round out the top-10. In 11th place, it’s Pierre Gasly while George Russell starts his home race in 12th place after receiving a three-place grid penalty caused by his incident with Sainz in yesterday’s race.

Veteran driver, Kimi Raikkonen finds himself in P13, followed by Lance Stroll in the Aston Martin. Italian driver, Antonio Giovinazzi will start from P15, with rookie driver Yuki Tsunoda behind in 16th place. Nicholas Latifi finds himself in 17th place.

Rounding up the grid are Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, with Sergio Perez starting the pit lane, as he had to retire his car due to damage sustained in Saturday’s sprint qualifying.

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Can Max bag maximum points at Silverstone?

The 23-year-old started yesterday’s race in second place behind Hamilton. However, the Dutchman had an excellent launch and soon led the pack of drivers around Silverstone, with him winning the race and earning himself and Red Bull three points.


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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Now, starting on pole for today’s race, Verstappen will surely hope to replicate his performance on Sunday and aim to take away twenty-five points. He will surely hope to extend his lead over Hamilton in the title race.

Do you think Max will find the edge over Hamilton at Silverstone? Or will the seven-time world champion beat the Red Bull prodigy and grab a victory in front of his home crowd? Lets us know your predictions in the comments below.


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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.