Formula 1’s first Sprint event saw Max secure pole position for the British Grand Prix but it was a bittersweet day as Sergio retired.
The 100km-race - taking place over 17 laps at Silverstone - sets the grid for Sunday’s main grand prix this weekend as part of a trial, and we lined up with Max in second and Sergio fifth for Red Bull Racing, while Pierre was 12th on the grid and Yuki 16th for Scuderia AlphaTauri after Friday’s qualifying.
Teams have a free choice of tyres for the Sprint and all four drivers started on the medium compound tyre, with the majority of the field doing the same as only four - Valtteri Bottas, the two Alpine drivers and Kimi Raikkonen - opted for softs.
Max made a brilliant start to take the lead from Lewis Hamilton into Turn 1, while Sergio got boxed in and dropped to seventh. Pierre held position while Yuki dropped back to 17th as Raikkonen made up ground on the softer compound.
While Max pulled away in the lead, Sergio was trying to find a way past Lando Norris and spun off at high speed in dirty air, flat-spotting his tyres and dropping to the back of the field. After making his way past a few cars, Sergio was forced to retire late on due to safety concerns because of the vibrations from his tyres and he’ll start from the back of the grid.
Max measured the gap to win the Sprint and ensure he starts from pole position in the grand prix, providing us with our first pole at Silverstone since Ayrton Senna in 1989 and our fourth consecutive pole this year. Although Pierre and Yuki both gained a position as a result of Sergio’s incidents, a late move from Carlos Sainz dropped Pierre back to 12th for tomorrow’s race, while Yuki will also start from 16th.