GOOD MORNING F1 FANS
Max Verstappen took first place in F1’s maiden sprint qualifying to increase his lead in the championship over Lewis Hamilton to 33 points.
The Red Bull man earned three points for his win and will start Sunday afternoon’s British Grand Prix from first on the grid.
It was a blow for Hamilton, who had started on pole but the Mercedes man lost the lead at the first corner on the first lap.
Hamilton, who was second and picked up two championship points, crossed the line ahead of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas in a somewhat predictable end.
There was drama on the first lap as Verstappen leapfrogged Hamilton into Turn One, and while there was a fightback from the Brit at Copse, it was otherwise a cruise for the Dutchman.
Charles Leclerc qualified in fourth while Lando Norris will now start the GP in fifth ahead of his McLaren team-mate.
George Russell, who started the sprint race in eighth place, qualified in ninth – but was later given a three-place grid penalty after making contact with Carlos Sainz.
The big casualty from the 17-lap race that took around 32 minutes was Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who spun off on lap six.
The Mexican was then forced to retire his car one lap from the end of the sprint race and is now likely to start from the pitlane.
The British GP starts at 3pm.