What a turnaround. The Silver Arrows trailed Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen by an enormous margin in follow, however turned the tables fantastically come qualifying. Hamilton pulled one among his greatest laps out of the bag on his first run in Q3 to pile the strain on his rival, and regarded set for a good higher time on his subsequent lap till shedding the rear by way of the ultimate nook. Nonetheless, that first effort was adequate to seal the P1 grid slot for the inaugural Dash tomorrow. As for Bottas, he performed the staff recreation by towing Hamilton on each laps in Q3, together with his closing go adequate for a robust P3 on the grid.
Lewis Hamilton, 1st, 1:26.134
“I’m so grateful to see everybody right here – to come back to the Silverstone Grand Prix and have a full crowd and see the power is wonderful. Once I was coming into this weekend, I used to be hopeful that with the good work now we have performed collectively within the staff, plus the power of the followers, it could get us there.
“Pink Bull have been very fast within the follow session however we have been simply staying targeted on our job and making an attempt to layer up – I used to be within the sim this morning as a follow session as a result of it is the primary time ever now we have had a morning free. I used to be simply placing within the time, making an attempt to offer completely all the things and go away no stone unturned.
“We have been working so arduous, placing a lot time and effort in – on the observe, on the sim, within the manufacturing unit – simply making an attempt to remain centred and squeeze each last item out of this automobile. It has been such a tough time for everybody and we lastly obtained all of the followers right here on the British Grand Prix, and the need to wish to ship for everybody is past perception.”
Valtteri Bottas, third, 1:26.328
“I believe the final lap was actually good, I used to be the primary one out in free air with no tow so if I think about that, it was a great lap. As a staff we’re on the entrance within the struggle which is nice to see – Pink Bull regarded sturdy in Apply and it was a bit worrying nevertheless it’s all to play for.
“As we speak was solely Qualifying, now we have the Dash Race tomorrow with a number of alternatives and I am wanting ahead to it – as a staff we’ll attempt to get the perfect end result. It was nice to really feel the power and the environment of the group at present, it is actually cool to see the followers right here.”
Andrew Shovlin, Trackside Engineering Director
“Properly performed to Lewis on one other pole place; they have not been straightforward to come back by this yr nevertheless it was a stable job all through and a reduction that his first lap within the closing session was sufficient to safe the highest spot. Our morning was targeted on studying; there’s merely an excessive amount of work to suit into one hour however we managed to do an honest mixture of long term and single lap work. Our single lap tempo was uninspiring in Apply however we managed to discover a route to enhance grip and steadiness going into Qualifying which confirmed within the timesheets. Valtteri’s closing run was a great lap however compromised by being first automobile out; we’ll evaluation our timing on that as we might have doubtlessly secured the entrance row had we discovered him a automobile in entrance. General, the tempo was sturdy from each vehicles and that is reassuring provided that we have had a tricky time in current qualifying periods.”
Verstappen regarded completely imperious in FP1, winding up practically eight tenths forward of the sector. He regarded equally sturdy within the opening phase of qualifying, however because the observe cooled off, his tempo began to waiver. Unable to match Hamilton’s opening effort in Q3, the Dutchman did all the things he might subsequent time round however wound up a tenth brief as he needed to accept P2. Perez had his quickest lap time deleted in Q3 on account of observe restrict infringements, which resulted within the Mexican shedding fourth place on the grid. He’ll have an opportunity to make up for that when the Dash will get underway.
Max Verstappen, 2nd, 1:26.209
“After all I’m upset as a result of I needed to begin first tomorrow however now we have the dash qualifying race to determine the principle grid after which Sunday as properly so we are going to try to get them again. General, the automobile was dealing with fairly properly however we simply had a number of understeer and I couldn’t actually assault the corners as I used to be ready for the entrance to grip up. It was a little bit of a bizarre feeling to drive and I don’t assume it was set-up or entrance wing associated, so perhaps entrance tyres, however we are going to have a look at it and it’s nothing dramatic. To be this shut remains to be excellent for us on a observe we anticipated Mercedes to be very sturdy and we all know now we have a great race automobile so I’m nonetheless assured for the remainder of the weekend.”
Sergio Perez, fifth, 1:26.844
“I ran vast into Flip 15 and my greatest lap time was deleted which is a little bit of a disgrace however these are the foundations and fortunately I solely misplaced one place. P4 would have been a bit higher however now we have the dash race to make it additional up the grid for Sunday so nonetheless there’s loads to play for. We improved the automobile so much because the day went on however I discovered a little bit of a distinction within the steadiness on the finish of Q3 and couldn’t get probably the most out of the automobile. I’m wanting ahead to tomorrow as it is going to be fascinating to see what occurs with the brand new dash format and the way a lot progress we’re capable of make in that race.”
With observe traits which can be extra much like Paul Ricard, Ferrari followers might need feared the worst at present however the Scuderia as an alternative defied expectations to handle a really sturdy Friday exhibiting. Each vehicles made it to Q3 comfortably, however their first runs have been on used smooth tyres which price them tempo. On their second and closing runs, Leclerc managed a stellar lap regardless of complaining about unusual noises from his engine, however Sainz couldn’t match his staff mate and wound up down the order.
Charles Leclerc, 4th, 1:26.828
“I’m very proud of at present’s end result. Going into qualifying with so little preparation makes issues a bit extra tough, but additionally thrilling. We did a great job in maximizing the potential of our automobile. General, I felt assured, particularly in Q1. In Q2, I used to be not on the degree that I needed to be, however I regained my confidence and tempo for the ultimate session, ending in P4. I believe it was the perfect end result we might have hoped for. By way of expectations for tomorrow, now we have to attend and see. We’re all heading into an unknown – to battle it out within the first Dash Qualifying in Components 1. We are going to use FP2 to organize in addition to we are able to, and provides it our all to carry dwelling the very best end result.”
Carlos Sainz, ninth, 1:27.007
“I’m not totally glad with this quali. I had a great feeling with the automobile from the beginning of the session, constructing confidence each lap as much as Q2, the place I put collectively a robust lap time to make it into Q3. Within the final try nevertheless, I struggled a bit extra and a few small errors right here and there meant I couldn’t match that lap from Q2, shedding a tenth or in order that sadly at present was very pricey, because it was extraordinarily tight. It’s a pity, as a result of the automobile had the tempo and the lap time was there. The Dash Qualifying offers us a great alternative to push tomorrow, although. Time to deal with that. The weekend is way from over but and I’ll give it my all till the tip.”
Laurent Mekies, Racing Director
“A superb qualifying for us on the very demanding Silverstone observe. There was a really shut struggle all through the session for these behind the highest three. In Q3, the smallest of gaps meant the distinction between being on the second or fifth rows and our drivers completed at both finish of this group of six drivers. Charles did an excellent job all day and fourth place was a pleasant reward. A disgrace for Carlos who had the velocity to be a bit additional up the grid for tomorrow. We had ready rigorously for this weekend, the primary with the brand new format and I believe we noticed the fruits of our efforts. We all know that right here greater than ever, race tempo is extra essential than efficiency over a single lap and that on a observe like this, it’s the most tough problem dealing with us. Now we should think about the second spherical, specifically Dash Qualifying, which presents new challenges to the groups and drivers. We must do a great job and profit from the second free follow to be as properly ready for this main new aspect of the weekend, with out forgetting that the Grand Prix is on Sunday.”
Norris was on scintillating type in FP1, coming dwelling second regardless of operating the medium compound tyre. Ricciardo wasn’t too far again both, which boded properly for qualifying. Because the observe cooled, the Aussie needed to work arduous in the direction of the tip of each Q1 and Q2 to progress to the highest 10 shootout, and as soon as there got here agonisingly near beating his staff mate. Ultimately the 2 have been separated by simply 0.002s and look set to renew battle for intra-team honours tomorrow.
Daniel Ricciardo, seventh, 1:26.899
“On the entire it was a extremely constructive day. I had actually good velocity all by way of qualifying, made some good steps and felt good with the automobile, in order that’s essential. I can’t assist however really feel pissed off as a result of it’s so near P4 and it’s at all times whenever you’re behind the shut pack that you just really feel it most. However anyway, it’s progress, it’s good, it’s constructive. It’s at all times straightforward to search out that half a tenth with hindsight and I really feel it in all probability was there.
“Dash qualifying tomorrow, we’ll see what occurs, get a great begin, make some positions and rise up to fourth, the place I consider we might’ve been at present. That’s the plan tomorrow.”
Lando Norris, sixth, 1:26.897
“Difficult day with this totally different format, simply due to the closing dates you will have. With much less observe time than we’re used to, it makes it far more difficult to know what choices to make, and you are taking a pair extra gambles primarily based on the data you will have. Saying that, I don’t assume we might’ve performed so much higher than sixth. Perhaps there was one thing right here or there, however on the finish of the day I am glad with the place we’re. We’ve got FP2 tomorrow to organize for the dash, so we’ll see what we are able to do.”
Andrea Stella, Racing Director
“Fascinating day! The follow session this afternoon was intense, however we obtained by way of our programme and have been properly ready for qualifying. Qualifying itself was very, very aggressive, with a number of groups producing good lap-times, making getting by way of the periods in no way a foregone conclusion. In the end, we managed to make it into Q3 with each vehicles, Lando and Daniel drove very properly and we’re very proud of the positions. It’s solely step one of an extended weekend, nevertheless, and we’re wanting ahead to dash qualifying and the race.”
Having propped up the sector in follow, and at a windy observe the place their automobile was anticipated to battle, not a lot was anticipated of George Russell right here. He needed to pull a final gasp lap out of the bag in Q1, demoting his staff mate down the order within the course of. He once more wanted a late effort in Q2, this time on the expense of Alonso who had been clinging on to P10. Into Q3 for the second straight race, the Williams man opted to run simply the as soon as, by himself, roared on by the group. He managed to set a time adequate for P8, beating a Ferrari and an Aston Martin within the course of. However can he keep there come tomorrow?
George Russell, eighth, 1:26.971
“It was our greatest qualifying session, and to do it in entrance of a house crowd was such an incredible feeling. This morning in FP1 I had no confidence with the automobile, and right here we’re in P8! Following follow, we had a choice to make to try to enhance the automobile or stick with our weapons and hope the observe got here in the direction of us, which it did. Every little thing obtained in a a lot nicer window and I felt assured and cozy on the market which allowed me to get that additional tenth or two. In the end, we did a incredible job to get there and it’s about tomorrow now. It isn’t going to be straightforward, however we have to be aggressive and get on the entrance foot.”
Nicholas Latifi, 18th, 1:28.254
“The automobile was feeling good and I might have performed a greater lap if the automobile steadiness had been in a barely higher window however total, I’m fairly happy. Once I completed the lap, I used to be completely satisfied after which pissed off. Joyful as a I felt it was a great lap however pissed off that it was gradual. We’ve got each the Dash Qualifying and the Grand Prix itself to maneuver forwards and now we have FP2 to try to see if we are able to enhance the problem, in order that’s what we’re going to deal with.”
Dave Robson, Head of Car Efficiency
“As we speak has been a busy however thrilling day. We felt that we struggled somewhat in FP1, however we have been completely satisfied that we had performed the work that we wanted to in an effort to set the automobile up prepared for Saturday and Sunday. Going into Qualifying we made a number of minor adjustments to the vehicles to swimsuit the cooler observe temperature and calmer wind circumstances.
“From the primary run in Qualifying, each drivers have been proud of their vehicles and have been assured to push tougher every lap. Nicholas was shedding time on the straights in comparison with George and that is one thing that we have to examine as a result of it wasn’t anticipated. George benefited from having 5 units of tyres within the session and was capable of enhance with every lap. His closing lap in Q3, at his dwelling race and with the circuit to himself was nice to see and he made the many of the alternative with yet one more glorious qualifying lap.
“With the vehicles now in Parc Ferme, our consideration turns to finalising the plans for FP2 and tomorrow’s inaugural Dash Qualifying session. We are able to’t change a lot on the automobile, however there are nonetheless a number of determination to be made, which might decide the ultimate grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
“There may be nonetheless a protracted technique to go this weekend, however we’re happy with our begin and we’re wanting ahead to seeing how the methods unfold over the subsequent two days.”
Sebastian Vettel was the happier of the 2 Aston Martin drivers after follow, together with his staff mate needing much more arrange adjustments between periods. In the end that confidence proved essential, with Lance Stroll dropping out in Q2 whereas Vettel made Q3. As soon as there although, the German misplaced a lap time to trace limits which left him in a lowly P10 slot. Fortuitously with the entire area having free tyre alternative, he will not have higher shod rivals in his wing mirrors come tomorrow’s Dash.
Sebastian Vettel, tenth, 1:27.179
“I’d have appreciated to finish Q3 larger up as a result of the automobile has regarded aggressive and the tempo got here fairly simply at present. General, it was an honest session: I used to be proud of my greatest lap in Q2, however in Q3 I struggled to search out extra from the automobile. So I believe we might have been a number of locations larger up. It was nice to see the large crowd right here at present and I suppose the brand new format made Friday extra fascinating for the followers.”
Lance Stroll, fifteenth, 1:27.665
“P15 is just not how we needed to begin our dwelling occasion, however there is a chance to enhance tomorrow due to the Dash Race format. I used to be not completely snug within the automobile throughout follow, however I believe we made some progress in qualifying, though it was not sufficient to make Q3. It was a problem to solely have one follow session at present earlier than qualifying, however it’s the identical for everybody. We are going to go away tonight and study from at present to ensure we maximise the second follow session earlier than Dash Qualifying.”
Otmar Szafnauer, Workforce Principal & CEO
“We had some technical difficulties with Lance’s automobile in Q1, which necessitated our having to make some adjustments to it for Q2. He did his greatest with that new set-up in Q2, however he was hampered by oversteer at Maggotts and Becketts, because of which he was not capable of progress to Q3. Sebastian was happier together with his automobile and, benefiting from a number of tenths benefit of a recent engine, duly made it by way of to Q3, though on his greatest Q3 lap he misplaced a small period of time at Turns Six and Seven, and Turns 11 and 12. However what issues most now’s changing at present’s outcomes into nearly as good a efficiency as doable in tomorrow’s Dash Race Qualifying, in order to optimise our probabilities of scoring stable factors in Sunday’s function race.”
Esteban Ocon was the Alpine driver to come back straight out the storage in follow and discover the arrange of his A521 to his liking, whereas Alonso was left to complain about unexplained understeer. They did look fast sufficient to make the highest 10 although, so it was one thing of a shock to see each drivers exit in Q2. Ocon at the least made it out of Q1 for the primary time since France, whereas Alonso’s view of narrowly lacking out on Q3 due to Russell’s late enchancment was that he had suffered by the hands of ‘karma’.
Esteban Ocon, thirteenth, 1:27.340
“General, I’m happy with at present even when the result’s barely disappointing. I’m completely satisfied to see that we’re again on the tempo and getting the utmost out of the automobile. Due to everybody at Enstone, Viry and on the observe for all their arduous work over the past week. Qualifying was going properly till the final run, once we had a messy out lap. That was a disgrace as we have been fast sufficient for Q3 at present. It’s all to play for tomorrow in Dash Qualifying.”
Fernando Alonso, eleventh, 1:27.245
“It was tough at present, however I believe we had somewhat bit extra tempo within the automobile to get into Q3. The visitors was fairly tough to handle and the out laps in Q2 have been a bit messy. It was unlucky to be out earlier than Q3, nevertheless it’s a brand new format this weekend. We’ve got one other alternative tomorrow to achieve locations on the grid till we race on Sunday. Let’s see what we are able to study and enhance prepared for tomorrow. The environment was wonderful at present and it actually felt like we have been racing so I hope the followers loved it.”
Davide Brivio, Racing Director
“It’s been a great qualifying; even when we didn’t undergo to Q3. In actuality, we have been very near it. We had the potential to be there, however somewhat little bit of visitors was simply sufficient to knock us out. So, we begin eleventh and thirteenth on the grid, however now we have one other probability tomorrow with the Dash Qualifying to enhance our place for the principle race. We have to go in with a constructive strategy, use it as a possibility and attempt to use it to our benefit to achieve some locations.”
AlphaTauri usually begin their weekends strongly, so it was one thing of a shock to search out neither driver within the high 10 in FP1. However that proved to be a real reflection of their tempo or lack thereof, with Pierre Gasly failing to make the highest 10 in qualifying for less than the second time this season. As for Yuki Tsunoda, he fell on the first time of asking, the dearth of follow time not aiding the rookie on his F1 Silverstone debut.
Pierre Gasly, twelfth, 1:27.273
“Since FP1 we’ve struggled with the automobile steadiness, way over traditional. We made some adjustments for Qualifying, nevertheless it simply wasn’t sufficient. I used to be proud of my lap in Q2 however as I crossed the road, I knew it wasn’t going to be sufficient, it was simply so tight on the market at present. I believe it’s going to be arduous the subsequent few days, as a result of we are able to’t make adjustments to the automobile anymore. We solely have FP2 to know the tyre higher forward of the Dash Qualifying and Sunday’s race, however we’ll struggle as arduous as at all times, it’s a special format and plenty of issues can occur, you by no means know.”
Yuki Tsunoda, sixteenth, 1:28.043
“After FP1 I’d began to get used to the circuit, however I had a number of visitors and by no means managed to place collectively an ideal lap. So, going into Qualifying after only one session was at all times going to be tough. It’s a disgrace to be out in Q1 at present, however the area was actually tight on the finish and I struggled once more with visitors on my closing push lap. Beginning tomorrow from P16 I believe might be tough, however I’ll give it all the things I’ve obtained throughout Dash Qualifying and we’ll see what I can do.”
Jonathan Eddolls, Chief Race Engineer
“It’s been a tricky day for us right here in Silverstone. We haven’t been capable of present the efficiency we anticipated or had demonstrated at earlier races. With the brand new Dash Qualifying format, FP1 was targeted on regular Qualifying preparation and sustainable operating. The efficiency on the mediums was aligned to our expectations, however when becoming the softs we struggled greater than we anticipated.
“We analysed the info and made some adjustments for Qualifying, however with out the standard periods earlier than getting into Parc Ferme, we weren’t capable of tune the automobile as a lot as we might do usually. The adjustments made did enhance the automobile, however they weren’t sufficient to enter into Q3. Yuki was wanting set to progress into Q2, however a visitors jam within the final nook when beginning his closing lap price him practically 0.2s earlier than flip one – he did properly to make most of this time again, however sadly it was not sufficient.
“Pierre’s laps have been clear, however we simply didn’t have the tempo at present, so we actually must work on understanding this, because it’s nonetheless not clear to us why we’re struggling. We now have one other follow session to focus extra on long term efficiency and tyres, so I’m assured we are able to extract extra from the automobile in Dash Qualifying and ultimately the race.”
It was extra of the identical for Alfa Romeo, with kimi Raikkonen dropping out in Q1 for the fourth straight race. As for Antonio Giovinazzi, he made Q2 however needed to run used smooth tyres as soon as there which didn’t assist his trigger. Winding up 14th, he wants a dose of luck off the road in tomorrow’s Dash, after having contact on the final two race begins in Austria.
Kimi Raikkonen, seventeenth, 1:28.062
“We have been hoping for extra so to be out in Q1 is just not nice: there wasn’t something notably flawed with the lap, however there was merely no extra I might get. Now let’s deal with the Dash race: it’s a brand new format so let’s see what we are able to get from it. We have to do our greatest and make up some locations as now we have performed in earlier races to offer ourselves a greater shot on Sunday.”
Antonio Giovinazzi, 14th, 1:27.617
“It was fairly a peculiar day, nevertheless it was enjoyable to have only one hour of follow after which go straight into qualifying. As soon as once more, we have been sturdy sufficient to get into Q2, however that was just about so far as we might go. We have been a bit too removed from Q3 at present. Let’s see the way it goes tomorrow: the Dash might be essential for Sunday and we strategy it with a easy technique – get positions on lap one however attempt to not take too many dangers. Making progress after the beginning received’t be straightforward with no stops, however we are able to nonetheless purpose to achieve floor within the opening phases.”
Frédéric Vasseur, Workforce Principal
“Each time we enter qualifying, we purpose to put two vehicles in Q2 at least goal: and though now we have made a giant step ahead in comparison with the place we have been once we raced in Silverstone final yr, the margins are so skinny that only a tiny hole means you miss out. Antonio did a great job in Q1 however sadly Kimi couldn’t make the reduce. In Q2, we have been capable of go away one of many Aston Martins behind however that was so far as we might go. We stay assured, nevertheless: our race tempo has been stronger than our single lap’s to this point, and if we are able to make up some locations in tomorrow’s Dash, we could be in a great place to mount a problem for the factors on Sunday.”
With just one follow session, it was at all times going to be a tricky ask for the 2 rookies to make a lot headway in such a aggressive area. They did each have a clear session, with Mick Schumacher particularly very proud of the dealing with of his automobile. He pipped his staff mate as soon as extra, to maintain his report of beating Nikita Mazepin over one lap in each qualifying they’ve each featured in intact.
Mick Schumacher, nineteenth, 1:28.738
“It was constructive in a technique as a result of we made some adjustments that felt good, however clearly the tempo now we have is sadly all we’ve obtained. After all, we might’ve improved right here or there however usually it wasn’t doable to get into Q2. Nonetheless, the work is just not performed but. We are going to carry on pushing, carry on making an attempt and maintain engaged on ourselves. It was fascinating to see how all people was excited to attempt one thing new and I’m excited to see how dash qualifying will go. It’s an opportunity for us if some vehicles have points, we’d revenue from that. So long as we’re within the race, we’re in rivalry of beginning a bit additional forward than we are actually, so fingers crossed and let’s go forwards.”
Nikita Mazepin, twentieth, 1:29.051
“It was one among our higher qualifying performances by way of the steadiness. I believe after having a really irritating second race in Austria, it was good to get that. It feels somewhat like Components 2, the place I got here from. I’ve nice recollections from Components 2 right here final yr once I received my first race. There’s a great deal of similarities and I’ve to say I actually like this surroundings. I usually actually like how the weekend goes and I believe you simply must see how many individuals have come out on a Friday, I’ve by no means seen that earlier than in my life – so it was actually cool to be on the market.”
Guenther Steiner, Workforce Principal
“It was an incredible day at present at Silverstone with the crowds again once more and Lewis (Hamilton) happening pole for the Dash – incredible for the game. We did our greatest and extra was not doable. We didn’t injury something, and now we’re preparing for tomorrow for the brand new format of Dash qualifying. We’ll see if there’s something for us there. We are going to attempt our greatest.”
Mario Isola, Head of F1 and Automobile Racing
“There was so much for the groups to get used to with the brand new format, influencing the way in which by which they used their tyres, making an allowance for the half-hour dash qualifying race tomorrow that the groups will wish to run with out pit stops. Contemplating the severity of this circuit, there’s an essential determination to be made about whether or not to run on the medium – which needs to be the most well-liked alternative – or smooth tyre tomorrow, conserving in thoughts additionally the necessary tyres that might be wanted for the grand prix on Sunday. Because of this, there’s fairly a posh set of parameters for the groups to take note of with no earlier expertise to fall again on. And for this reason many groups ran all three compounds in FP1 to assemble as a lot info on them as doable. Qualifying was clearly a lot easy than traditional with all of the drivers operating on the smooth from begin to end, culminating in a struggle for the quickest time that was extraordinarily closely-fought at probably the most demanding tracks for tyres of the yr.”