Max Verstappen will start the British Grand Prix from fourth place on the grid. The Oracle Red Bull Racing driver managed to claim a spot on the second row despite contesting the majority of qualifying with floor damage, following an excursion through the gravel traps in Q1. George Russell took pole position ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Lando Norris (McLaren) completed an all British top three, delighting the thousands of fans present at Silverstone.

“After I went through the gravel in Q1, I lost 100 points of downforce”, explained Max after an eventful qualifying. “Throughout the session the team kept improving the floor, but if you look at it, it doesn’t look good. It’s full of holes, so in that sense I’m happy to be fourth.”

Regarding going wide at Copse corner, the reigning champion said: “We were one of the last to head out as we didn’t expect the rain during Q1. When I got to turn seven, I couldn’t do anything. I already had rain on my visor so I braked, but the car stepped out so I tried everything to keep the car out of the wall. It did mean the rest of qualifying was ruined.”

Nevertheless, Max remains keen to make the most of tomorrow’s race. “Of course it’s not fun when this happens, but you can’t control everything – like the weather. We have to just accept it. I think we could’ve fought for pole, but everything is possible from P4. We’ll have to drive a more attacking race, but that’s fun too.”