By Robert Haile
The first Sprint Race of the season started with Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton in Pole Position but ended with Red Bull and Max Verstappen starting the British Grand Prix in Pole Position.
After yesterday’s traditional qualifying had Hamilton going fastest around Silverstone to start the seventeen lap Sprint Race that would set the grid for tomorrow’s Grand Prix.
It was the start of the race that provided most of the action as Verstappen beat Hamilton off the line and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso shot around the outside gaining four place at the end of the race.
Verstappen, said: “Around here it is difficult to overtake, but we got a good start. We really pushed these cars through the fast corners lap after lap and the tyres. We’ll take the pole position and it will be an exciting battle. We are not allowed to touch the car. We are quick in corners.”
The biggest shock was provided by the other Red Bull driver Sergio Perez as he spun across the track stopping side on with the track wall before the retiring on the last lap.
Behind the front two Valtteri Bottas held off Charles Leclerc for third while the McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo were inseparable in fifth and sixth.
Alonso took seventh with Sebastian Vettel putting Aston Martin eighth ahead of Williams’ George Russell.
Esteban Ocon made it two Alpines in the top ten as he held off Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz as AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly lurked in twelfth.
Kimi Räikkönen will start two places ahead of his Alfa Romeo teammate Antonio Giovinazzi with Lance Stroll’s green Aston Martin in between.
The impressive rookie at AlphaTauri, Yuki Tsunoda will start sixteenth with Williams Nicholas Latifi and Haas’s Mick Schumacher again finished ahead of teammate Nikita Mazepin in nineteenth with Perez last.