F1 results: Timings from British Grand Prix qualifying

Jamie Woodhouse
Silverstone branding at the track. England, July 2023.

The Silverstone name displayed at the circuit. England, July 2023.

Catch up on all the key talking points from Silverstone where Max Verstappen claimed pole for the British Grand Prix.

Verstappen survived a very late scary from the charging McLaren driven by Lando Norris as that upgraded MCL60 continues to thrive, while McLaren have both cars in the top three on the grid courtesy of Oscar Piastri.

After rain soaked the track towards the end of FP3 and through the support races, the start of Q1 brought about a mix of tyre strategies as some opted for intermediates, including the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, while most felt soft dry tyres were the way to go.

The favourite for pole, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, went with the flow with the soft rubber and Leclerc was quick to come over team radio and advocate for a switch to the dry compounds. He got his wish, with Sainz too making the swap with all drivers now on the softs.

Lewis Hamilton survived a major early scare as he spun off into the gravel on his opening flying lap, avoiding the barriers at Stowe and managing to escape the gravel too.

The conditions were tricky for all out there as light drizzle set in, not wetting the track enough to trigger a return for inters, but increasingly taking the slicks out of their working window.

The last thing the drivers needed then was a red flag delay, and sadly that is what they got, Kevin Magnussen coming to a stop at the exit of Stowe after “everything switched off” in his Haas car.

That was Magnussen eliminated then, and after the Q1 session resumed and the final three minutes expired, he was joined by Nyck de Vries, Zhou Guanyu, Yuki Tsunoda and Sergio Perez who saw his torrid qualifying run continue. Lando Norris topped the session.

Verstappen was saved from embarrassment after understeering out of the Red Bull garage and into the pit wall, his team completing a speedy front wing change.

Norris continued to impress in Q2, and his McLaren team-mate Oscar Piastri more so, but it was the familiar face of Verstappen heading up the timings with a 1:27.7, 0.143s up on Piastri.

At the other end of the Q2 standings meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg, Lance Stroll, Esteban Ocon, Logan Sargeant and Valtteri Bottas saw their qualifying endeavours for the day come to an end.

With any lingering rain now clear of the circuit, and DRS enabled, the times continued to drop into Q3 where the scramble for pole was on. Or at least it was until Verstappen laid down his first time, his 1:27.0 six-tenths up on nearest challenger Hamilton.

Leclerc gave it a very good shot on his final pole attempt, falling just 0.05s short of Verstappen’s time, before Norris truly put the cat among the pigeons by taking over provisional pole.

Just as the British fans were stating to celebrate though, Verstappen flexed the muscles of the Red Bull RB19 to reclaim pole with a margin of two-tenths over Norris.

Q3 times

1 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing 1:26.720
2 Lando NORRIS McLaren +0.241
3 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren +0.372
4 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +0.416
5 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari +0.428
6 George RUSSELL Mercedes +0.435
7 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +0.491
8 Alexander ALBON Williams +0.810
9 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin +0.939
10 Pierre GASLY Alpine +0.969

Q2 times

1 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing 1:27.702
2 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren +0.143
3 Lando NORRIS McLaren +0.340
4 Alexander ALBON Williams +0.365
5 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari +0.563
6 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +0.659
7 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin +0.666
8 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +0.843
9 Pierre GASLY Alpine +1.049
10 George RUSSELL Mercedes +1.080
11 Nico HULKENBERG Haas F1 Team +1.194
12 Lance STROLL Aston Martin +1.233
13 Esteban OCON Alpine +1.254
14 Logan SARGEANT Williams +1.329
15 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo- –

Q1 times

1 Lando NORRIS McLaren 1:28.917
2 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +0.226
3 George RUSSELL Mercedes +0.495
4 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +0.498
5 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing +0.511
6 Lance STROLL Aston Martin +0.531
7 Alexander ALBON Williams +0.549
8 Pierre GASLY Alpine +0.616
9 Nico HULKENBERG Haas F1 Team +0.686
10 Esteban OCON Alpine +0.783
11 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo +0.881
12 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari +0.948
13 Logan SARGEANT Williams +0.956
14 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren +0.957
15 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin +1.032
16 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing +1.051
17 Yuki TSUNODA AlphaTauri +1.108
18 Guanyu ZHOU Alfa Romeo +1.206
19 Nyck DE VRIES AlphaTauri +1.596
20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team +3.461