SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Carlos Sainz was the fastest in the rain at the British Grand Prix to claim his first career pole position in his 150th start in Saturday qualifying.
Sainz set the fastest time of 1 minute 40.983 seconds at the end of the third qualifying session to edge reigning Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen by just 0.072 seconds. It was the seventh pole in 10 races for Ferrari this season, although it was Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclerc on pole before Sainz’ surprise race.
“I didn’t expect that one,” Sainz told his team over the radio.
Leclerc will start third, ahead of Sergio Pérez in the second Red Bull.
Seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton qualified fifth for his home race as Mercedes appeared to have made progress with their high-speed rebound issues. His teammate George Russell finished eighth.
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