Ricciardo finally managed to get Alonso with a double switchback move on lap 10, but Alonso drafted up behind into Copse, almost – but not quite – managing to get back ahead of the McLaren, before the Australian consolidated his sixth place.
Carlos Sainz got past Kimi Räikkönen for 12th whilst Hamilton was trying in vain to catch Verstappen, but did manage to set a fastest lap of 1min 30.065 whilst doing so – he was 1.6sec behind the Red Bull.
On lap 11 Sebastian Vettel closed up on Alonso, the Spaniard continuing to make his Alpine twice as wide as it actually is, whilst Russell lurked close behind looking to shift himself up from ninth also.
By lap 13, the pace remained strong and as a result both Hamilton and Verstappen were suffering from blistering on the inside of their right rears.
It didn’t seem to bother the Dutchman though – he then set a fastest lap of 1min 30.049sec. His margin over the Mercedes was now 2.3 sec.
Sainz managed to get past Gasly coming out of the chicane going into Vale after several laps of trying, moving into 11th by lap 14.
It was smooth running for Verstappen coming onto the final lap, easing off to allow the Mercedes to close, but the win to provide pole never seemed in doubt.
Max Verstappen made history by taking the first ever F1 sprint qualifying race win, putting himself on pole for tomorrow.
2021 British Grand Prix sprint qualifying results
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||17 laps||3|
|8||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||+44.4sec|
|13||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo||+50.6sec|
|14||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+52.1sec|
|15||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+53.2sec|
|20||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||+1 lap|