Rain caused problems during Formula 1 qualifying for the British Grand Prix, but it did not appear to affect world championship leader Max Verstappen (24). Then appeared Carlos Sainz (27).
Red Bulls Max Verstappen appeared to be in complete control during Saturday’s qualifying, but in the end Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz was surprised by chance at the best time.
Verstappen failed to answer and thus Sainz won his first qualification in his 150th start of his career.
“Not possible,” Sainz yelled at the team radio when he was told he was going to start from the best starting position.
– I didn’t expect it – I felt harsh there. How do I get P1? The Spaniard continued ecstatic.
– It was a rather difficult qualification. The car ran very well, but the Q3 is like a lottery at times, Verstappen tells the regulator after second place.
– I still think that starting in the front row is very beneficial for us, and we have a good car whether it’s dry or wet, the commander-in-chief continues to the toilet.
Sainz’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc finished third despite rain problems.
– I’m happy on behalf of Carlos, he did a good job today. I circled on my last round, and knew it was the round you had to time. I didn’t do that today, so I didn’t deserve (to win) today,” Leclerc tells the organizer.
Halfway through the second qualifying round, the rain was so heavy that no one could improve.
At the time, Williams driver Nicholas Latifi was 10th – the last to qualify for the third preliminary round – and so the Canadian advanced dramatically into the third quarter for the first time in his career.
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the year was said Henning Isdal, expert commentator at FiPlay.
But in the third quarter, Latifi had it really hard, and he ended up in last place out of the ten that got there.
Anyway, he starts off from his career best when the UK Grand Prix starts at 16:00 on Sunday.
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