Good morning, F1 fans
Max Verstappen won first place in F1’s first sprint qualifying, extending his lead in the standings to Lewis Hamilton with 33 points.
The Red Bull man won three points and will start from the grid at the British Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.
This was a blow to Hamilton. He started from pole position, but the Mercedes man lost his lead in the first corner of the first lap.
Hamilton, who ranked second and earned two championship points, crossed the finish line before his teammate Valtery Bottas, and the ending was somewhat unexpected.
Dramatic events happened on the first lap, as Verstappen overtook Hamilton into Turn One. Although there was a counterattack from the British at Copps, it was a cruise for the Dutch.
Charles Leclerc finished fourth, and Lando Norris will now start GP in fifth place ahead of his McLaren teammate.
George Russell, who started the sprint in eighth place, ranked ninth-but was later fined three places after contact with Carlos Sainz.
In the 17 laps that took about 32 minutes, the biggest casualty was Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who left on the sixth lap.
The Mexican was then forced to retire one lap before the end of the sprint and is now likely to start from the pit lane.
The British Grand Prix starts at 3pm.