British GP Sprint Facts & Stats: Verstappen halts Mercedes run, and a new record for Raikkonen

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Sean Kelly
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing waves to

Saturday saw an historic first at Silverstone – pole for the British Grand Prix decided by the inaugural F1 Sprint. Max Verstappen and Red Bull took the honours after a scintillating duel with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, and the 17-lap thriller also threw up plenty of other must-know numbers…

• Verstappen has a 4th consecutive pole position and extends his championship lead by 1 additional point.

• Verstappen ended Mercedes' run of 9 consecutive Silverstone poles (a record for 1 constructor at a circuit).

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• Verstappen has led 144 consecutive laps in Grands Prix this year - and now every lap of the first ever F1 Sprint. He has now passed 1,000 laps led in his career if you take both formats into account.

• Tomorrow will be Verstappen’s first-ever front row start for a Grand Prix at Silverstone.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas

Bottas is making a habit of starting Grands Prix from the second row

• Hamilton will be on the front row at Silverstone for the 8th consecutive Grand Prix held here.

• Hamilton has now have gone 6 races without a pole – his longest such streak since 2019.

• Valtteri Bottas will be 3rd on the grid for the 5th time in 2021 – he has only had 1 front-row start this year.

• Verstappen-Hamilton-Bottas were the top 3 in the Sprint, having previously been the top 3 (in various orders) 17 times in Grands Prix, an F1 record.

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• Charles Leclerc will start from P4 for Ferrari tomorrow – his highest grid position since taking consecutive poles in Monaco and Azerbaijan.

• Leclerc finished on the podium from 4th on the grid in last year’s British GP.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren during

A good result for McLaren, with Norris 5th and Ricciardo 6th

• McLaren’s Lando Norris will start from P5 – he finished 5th from 5th on the grid at the 2020 British GP.

• Team mate Daniel Ricciardo will start 6th to mark the 10th anniversary of his F1 debut.

• That grid slot ties Ricciardo’s highest start of the 2021 season, which he achieved in Bahrain and Imola.

• With 7th in the Sprint, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso secured his highest start of 2021 to date.

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• And with team mate Esteban Ocon in P10, it will be only the 2nd time this season after Spain that both Alpines will start in the top 10.

• Sebastian Vettel’s 8th for Aston Martin ties his highest start of the season so far.

George Russell (GBR) Williams Racing.

British Grand Prix, Friday 16th July 2021. Silverstone,

Starting P9, could Russell finally land those elusive Williams points tomorrow?

• George Russell’s 9th will be Williams’ highest start at Silverstone since Bottas’s P6 on the grid in 2016.

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• P11 for Carlos Sainz means the Ferrari star faces a 3rd consecutive race where he has started 10th or lower – he went on to finish in the top 6 in both of those previous races.

• Pierre Gasly’s P12 for AlphaTauri ties his lowest start of the year, which was in Spain, the only other time he's started outside the top 10.

• With P13, Kimi Raikkonen bagged his highest start of 2021 as he becomes the first man to race at the same track 20 times in his F1 career.

• Red Bull’s Sergio Perez is set to start last tomorrow after his off in the Sprint – his previous best finish when starting a GP 20th or lower was 8th from 22nd on the grid in Australia 2012.


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