latest updates from Silverstone after Zhou Guanyu horror crash

And welcome to one of the finest days in the British sporting calendar. And maybe one of the finest days in the world sporting calendar. It’s the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It has been an odd and disrupted weekend so far with little running in the dry. FP1 and qualifying were both in wet conditions and yesterday it was Carlos Sainz who prevailed in the soggy conditions, taking his first F1 pole position, putting his Ferrari quickest ahead of Max Verstappen and then team-mate Charles Leclerc. 

Sainz said he was surprised to take pole position as he thought his quickest lap in Q3 was “decent” but apparently nothing more. The conditions were consistently wet – though not wet enough for extreme wet tyres – though they did vary slightly. Perhaps had Verstappen not been hampered by a yellow flag in the middle sector on his final run then pole would have been his instead. He was within a tenth of a second of Sainz, after all. 

Mercedes – and Hamilton in particular – looked strong throughout the session. Certainly in contention for the front row, if not something even better. Yet Hamilton only managed fifth after what seemed to be a disagreement over a push lap and a warm-up lap. Team-mate George Russell was three places further back after a disappointing session. He starts behind the impressive Lando Norris (McLaren, sixth) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine, seventh). This track was supposed to be better for Mercedes and Hamilton said yesterday that he still held out some hope for a podium. But we will have to wait and see. 

Perhaps a surprising sub-plot (or perhaps not) was that Verstappen was booed during his post-qualifying interview. There is, clearly, still a bit of ill-feeling among British (and Hamilton) fans. It was by no means a majority but the noise was not insignificant. In any case, he dismissed them after. 

“It was a bit disappointing,” Verstappen said. “I couldn’t really understand Billy – it was a problem. But if they want to boo, they do that. For me, it is not going to change anything. Maybe some of them don’t like me. That’s fine. They all have their own opinions and I don’t care.”

The race gets under way at 3pm BST and we will be here for all the build-up, live updates and reaction from what we hope will be another Silverstone cracker, as so many of them are. 

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