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Lewis Hamilton of the Mercedes team won a sprint in the tenth stage of the First Formula One (F-1) World Championship, the British Grand Prix, in Silverstone on Friday.
The victory in Friday’s qualifier will allow Hamilton to start the first sprint race in F-1 history from the first place on Saturday, where the starting order for the Grand Prix on Sunday will be determined. The home team Hamilton completed the track in one minute and 26,134 seconds, but the leader of the Red Bull team, Max Verstapen, was 0.075 seconds behind.
The third fastest was Hamilton teammate Walter Botass, who lost 0.194 seconds to his colleague but was more than half a second behind Charles Ferrer. Red Bull co-driver Serhio Peress was fifth. This was preceded by the first training session, in which Verstapen was the fastest. The second practice run will take place on Saturday before the sprint.
In the sprint on Saturday, the pilots will cover 100 kilometers or about a third of the usual race. Pilots who finish in the first three positions will receive three, two and one points respectively in the overall World Cup standings. Matches of this format will take place in the UK this season and in two more stages. After nine stages, Verstapen is the leader with 182 points, but Hamilton loses 32 points. Peress, who is in third place, has 104 points, but Lendo Noris has three less.
In 2020, the seventh F-1 title in his career and the fourth in a row was won by the British Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes. Previously, only the legendary German driver Michael Schumacher managed to win seven times. Botil, a member of Hamilton’s team, finished second, while Verstapens from the Red Bull team took third place. The Mercedes team also won the seventh Constructor’s Cup in a row. It is planned to have a record number of races this season (23).