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F1 News: Carlos Sainz Takes Pole Position for the British Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz will start the British GP from the front of the grid, securing Pole Position in the dying moments of Q3.

The Spaniard has failed to match the performances of teammate Charles Leclerc this season, but he was able to master the challenging conditions of Silverstone.

Championship leader Max Verstappen will start directly behind, narrowly missing out on claiming Pole in the changeable conditions. It will be crucial for Sainz to keep the lead at the end of the first lap out of the race.

Charles Leclerc will start third, unable to get his lap together at the end of qualifying, as Sergio Perez failed to establish himself in the fight for P1.

A P5 starting position provides Hamilton with a good platform for the race, as Mercedes look to demonstrate some strong race pace and give Ferrari and Red Bull a headache.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 02: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 02, 2022, in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202207020362 // Usage for editorial use only //

Nicholas Latifi was one of the highlights from qualifying, dragging his Williams into P10 despite not receiving the team’s major upgrades.

Norris and Alonso set times good enough for P6 and P7 respectively, leading the midfield pack in tricky conditions. The upgrade packages for this weekend, at least for now, seem to have had an impact on the running order.

Zhou Guanyu will be pleased to have out-qualified teammate Valtteri Bottas at the Silverstone circuit, again putting himself in Q3 and in a position to attack the top 10 in tomorrow’s Grand Prix.

Aston Martin’s pace was quite average given the raft of upgrades they brought for the British GP weekend, whilst Haas and Alpha Tauri also struggled for pace. These teams will work to capitalise on the mistakes of others and bring home some points,

Daniel Ricciardo’s woes continue at McLaren, again suffering a quite dramatic deficit to Lando Norris in qualifying, who has become one of the more dependable drivers in the wet.

Still, the points are handed out tomorrow, where everything will be to play for.

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