September 22, 2023

Latest F1 updates from Silverstone

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain waves to fans as he arrives for the British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, England

Lewis Hamilton will start from seventh in today’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone – AP/Luca Bruno

13:05 BST

Weather forecast

How might circumstances turn out?

It will probably be a dry race, in short, but there may be a few showers. That’s not to say it will be enough to affect the race.

13:05 BST

Times after qualifying

  1. Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:26.720

  2. Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:26.961

  3. Oscar Piastri (Aus) McLaren 1:27.092

  4. Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:27.136

  5. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spa) Ferrari 1:27.148

  6. George Russell (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:27.155

  7. Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:27.211

  8. Alexander Albon (Tha) Williams 1:27.530

  9. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Aston Martin 1:27.659

  10. Pierre Gasly (fra) Alpine 1:27.689

  11. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Haas F1 Team 1:28.896

  12. Lance Stroll (Can) Aston Martin 1:28.935

  13. Esteban Ocon (Fra) Alpine 1:28.956

  14. Logan Sargeant (USA) Williams 1:29.031

  15. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:29.798

  16. Sergio Perez (Mex) Red Bull 1:29.968

  17. Yuki Tsunoda (Jpn) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:30.025

  18. Guanyu Zhou (Chn) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:30.123

  19. Nyck de Vries (Ned) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:30.513

  20. Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 Team 1:32.378

12:58 BST

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12pm BST

Good afternoon F1 fans

Welcome to our coverage of the 2023 British Grand Prix, from Silverstone. It’s a track and a race that normally provides entertainment in one form or another and that was certainly the case in qualifying yesterday.

With sporadic but intermittent heavy rain leading up to yesterday’s qualifying session, the track was not at its best when qualifying started. It was mostly dry, although the Ferraris started on the intermediate tyres, but there was some danger for the 20 cars out there.

The first shock was Sergio Perez dropping out in Q1. A red flag caused by the failure of Kevin Magnussen’s Haas, leaving just over three minutes on the clock for the remaining 19 drivers to run around. It soon became clear that Perez’s lap might not have been good enough, as he was even chasing Logan Sargeant’s Williams. Perez failed to make it to Q3 for the fifth consecutive time in one of the most dominant cars in F1 history. Whatever the circumstances, that’s shocking.

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2023 in Northampton, United Kingdom

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2023 in Northampton, United Kingdom

When the time came, Q3 was an exciting one-minute session. In the end, Max Verstappen took his fifth pole position in a row, but not by much. Behind him it was an exciting session. Lando Norris was second and briefly found himself in provisional pole position, giving British fans even the tiniest bit of hope that something extraordinary might happen. Frankly, a front row start for these McLarens, given their struggles earlier this year, is extraordinary enough. Oscar Piastri, his rookie teammate, had an almost equally excellent session and finished third. It will be his highest ever start in F1.

It was then the two Ferrari cars in fourth and fifth, followed by the two Mercedes cars of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton in sixth and seventh and then another standout qualifying performance from Alexander Albon in eighth. It is his fifth appearance in Q3 this year and his fourth in five races, the other being an 11th.

Fernando Alonso and Pierre Gasly completed the top 10.

Anyway, the race starts at 2pm BST and we’ll be here for the build-up, live updates and reaction from the British Grand Prix.

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