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George Russell Leads All-British Drivers Top 3 In Silverstone Qualifying

2023 Miami Grand Prix, Sunday, George Russell on track, Formula 1 F1- Jiri Krenek

George Russell was able to nip teammate Lewis Hamilton to take the pole for the British Grand Prix, creating a 1-2-3 for England with Lando Norris qualifying third.

Hamilton briefly took provisional pole in the closing seconds, but Russell was able to turn a lap around the Silverstone Circuit just a bit faster.

Norris had an issue on his final lap that required the McLaren driver to pit at the end, but he was still able to place third ahead of championship leader Max Verstappen in fourth.

“We didn’t expect to be front row this weekend,” Hamilton said in the post-qualifying interview. “But this is huge for us and our team. Car felt fantastic out there, everyone in the garage and everybody who came out deserved this.

“[…} The car felt great, it was just about getting the tire temperatures up to the right place and sealing the deal when you needed to have the time on track… I think ultimately, there was still time on the table that George was able to find.”


There were no issues in this round of qualifying.

Pos. Driver No. Driver Team Time from Leader
1. 63 Russell Mercedes 1:25:819m
2. 44 Hamilton Mercedes +0.171s
3. 4 Norris McLaren Mercedes +0.211s
4. 1 Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda RBPT +0.384s
5. 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren Mercedes +0.418s
6. 27 Nico Hulkenberg Haas Ferrari +0.519s
7. 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.690s
8. 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes +0.766s
9. 23 Alexander Albon Williams Mercedes +0.821s
10. 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes +1.098s


In a surprise, Charles Leclerc came just short of advancing to Q3, with Stroll coming up just ahead with superior straightaway speed in his Aston Martin.


A little over 10 minutes into this round, Sergio Perez spun out exiting turn 9 (Copse) and beached himself into the gravel, bringing out the red flag.

The spin came as drivers were starting to make laps on soft tires after starting the session on intermediates, meaning the Red Bull driver did not have a hot lap on dry tires.

Seventy-four years after the first official F1 championship race at the same facility, the British Grand Prix remains one of the crown jewels on the calendar. Lights out for the race will come at 10 a.m. EST on Sunday, July 7. Coverage will be on ESPN.

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