Verstappen on pole for British Grand Prix

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will start the British Grand Prix from pole position after winning Formula 1’s new trial sprint race on Saturday.

The Dutchman got the jump on Lewis Hamilton off the line and led comfortably to the end to extend his championship lead by a point to 33.

Hamilton chased Verstappen all the way and crossed the line 1.4 seconds back. The race was enlivened by a brilliant first lap by Fernando Alonso, the Alpine driver going from 11th to fifth.

The result of the sprint sets the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix, so Alonso’s gamble on starting on soft tyres paid off handsomely.

He lost places to the McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo during the 17-lap race but still gained four places on the grid for the Grand Prix on Sunday from his qualifying position.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas also gambled on softs at the start but failed to make any ground on Verstappen and settled into a lonely drive to third place, ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Norris and Ricciardo. (BBC Sport)

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