(L to R): Lando Norris, McLaren, Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Oscar Piastri, McLaren, Silverstone, 2023

2023 British Grand Prix grid

2023 British Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen has taken pole position for the British Grand Prix for Red Bull ahead of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri.

Row 11. (1) Max Verstappen 1’26.720
Red Bull-Honda RBPT RB19
2. (4) Lando Norris 1’26.961
McLaren-Mercedes MCL60
Row 23. (81) Oscar Piastri 1’27.092
McLaren-Mercedes MCL60
4. (16) Charles Leclerc 1’27.136
Ferrari SF-23
Row 35. (55) Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’27.148
Ferrari SF-23
6. (63) George Russell 1’27.155
Mercedes W14
Row 47. (44) Lewis Hamilton 1’27.211
Mercedes W14
8. (23) Alexander Albon 1’27.530
Williams-Mercedes FW45
Row 59. (14) Fernando Alonso 1’27.659
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR23
10. (10) Pierre Gasly 1’27.689
Alpine-Renault A523
Row 611. (27) Nico Hulkenberg 1’28.896
Haas-Ferrari VF-23
12. (18) Lance Stroll 1’28.935
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR23
Row 713. (31) Esteban Ocon 1’28.956
Alpine-Renault A523
14. (2) Logan Sargeant 1’29.031
Williams-Mercedes FW45
Row 815. (11) Sergio Perez 1’29.968
Red Bull-Honda RBPT RB19
16. (22) Yuki Tsunoda 1’30.025
AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT AT04
Row 917. (24) Zhou Guanyu 1’30.123
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C43
18. (21) Nyck de Vries 1’30.513
AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT AT04
Row 1019. (20) Kevin Magnussen 1’32.378
Haas-Ferrari VF-23
20. (77) Valtteri Bottas No time
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C43


Bottas: Disqualified due to failure to provide a fuel sample. Granted permission to start

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21 comments on “2023 British Grand Prix grid”

  1. Great qualifying by Mclaren, the upgrades clearly work, although perhaps also track-specific.
    Albon also had a good qualifying despite eventually finishing 8th while the Mercedes duo & Alonso were surprisingly slow.
    Ocon & Stroll messed up their final attempts in Q2, with silly games, while Q1 end also had unnecessarily silly games, all caused by Sainz’s slowness in leaving the pit lane.
    Perez, though. Yet another non-Q3 appearance in the outright fastest car.
    Embarrassing, especially as he was briefly P1 but still ended up down to P16.

  2. Don’t know how to feel about that mclaren upgrade. Are there the ones who will challenge red bull this day onwards or just track releated

    1. Yellow Baron
      8th July 2023, 16:35

      Hmm I’m also wondering if it’s just qualifying related. They dropped back in Austria

    2. Probably a bit of car and a bit of track… but I’m leaving the next race to one side for now, and just planning to enjoy tomorrow

  3. Amazing..

    To quote autosport:
    This will be McLaren’s first front-row start at Silverstone since the 2008 race. On that occasion, it was Kovalainen in P2.

    So battle for P2 is rather astonishing, McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes, Aston Martin, everyone in range of P2 pole position.

    Except Verstappen, who seems to be the new Hamilton.

    Was there ever a driver more dominant, less opposed than Max?

    1. Yellow Baron
      8th July 2023, 16:36

      Going by 2023 so far I think not

      1. #44 beat #23 crowd goes wild

    2. @jureo

      Was there ever a driver more dominant, less opposed than Max?

      Schumacher from 2000 onwards and Hamilton following Rosberg’s retirement, and that’s just in the time I’ve been watching F1.

      You can’t sustain the argument that Red Bull is a dominant car when one driver isn’t even regularly getting to Q3. During the Mercedes era Bottas had something like 100 Q3 appearances in a row.

      1. Or no body can sustain the argument Perez is actually a good driver…….

        If one car is getting 1st and the other struggling to make q3, it says some thing about the 2nd driver, not the car. But then everybody knew Perez wasnt very good to start with.

      2. After 4 Races Perez seemed like a genuine contender.. Now he contends for q3.

        Hamilton had Rosberg who was very good, and Hamilton usually had a tenth or two on him.

        Max probably has that bit extra on most drivers, he is quite awesome, but so is the car.

        It is the kind of car all greatest drivers would be great in.

        At this rate, he might take records from Ham and Msc before hitting age 31.

  4. Such a shame Mclaren will be 30+ seconds behind tomorrow. A few years ago this could have been a classic, but it’ll be another snooze fest tomorrow with Max 5 seconds clear after 2 laps.

    McLaren should have an easy podium as Ferraris tyre wear looks quite bad. Mercedes may come back, but as predicted it’ll be a P5 at best for them.

    Great to see McLaren back, just wish we had a genuine battle at the front.

    1. You need to look at F1 as two classes, Max and everyone else.

      Mclaren just arrived as title contenders in their class.

  5. Considering the windtunnel time Aston has had ,they are doing pretty bad job with their upgrades.Quite dissapointing to say the least.

    1. Pointed this out at the last race as well. Unless there are any major upgrades in the pipeline, I think development at AMR has reached a crest for the year.

      1. Let´s see with the next two rounds ,but sadly this might be the case yeah.

    2. Indeed, they’re fast dropping into the midfield. But the way the upgrades are brought seems a bit different, used to be that everyone sort of brought them in at the same time.

  6. It’s good to see a rookie on the second row for the Sunday race. Impressive pace from Piastri, justifying the drama of last year. Lando also delivered and a solid overall Saturday for Mclaren. But commentators at F1 TV made a critical observation to which I completely agree – yes, the Red Bull is a seriously quick car, but you still need a seriously quick driver to ruin it for everyone else!

  7. Seems like the F1 TV commentators forgot they are talking on the world feed. You’d think this was a UKIP-organised watch-along party…

    Anyway, great result for McLaren and especially impressive for Piastri who was lamenting not getting the upgrades last week. Good on him for instantly making the most of it!

    And you know your team loves you when they go to great lengths to make sure you’re out first on a drying track. Oh well, at least that’ll give Pérez the chance to make some nice overtakes again.

    1. You’d think this was a UKIP-organised watch-along party…

      That’s definitely not nice.
      I think I’d be shuddering just typing those four uppercase letters, never mind comparing simple folk like F1 TV commentators to them.

    2. Oh so true …

      1. Liked Hinch asking a Brit (?) spectator who she liked and she said FERRARI


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