2024 British GP Qualifying: British 1-2-3 on the grid

George Russell edged out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton and McLaren's Lando Norris to secure pole position for the 2024 British Grand Prix.


By Ben Bush
Published on July 6, 2024

George Russell (P1) Lewis Hamilton (P2) Lando Norris (P3) 2024 British Grand Prix Qualifying
George Russell (P1) Lewis Hamilton (P2) Lando Norris (P3) 2024 British Grand Prix Qualifying // Image: Mercedes

George Russell clinched an impressive pole position for the British Grand Prix, leading a Mercedes front row with Lewis Hamilton in second place.

Russell set the pace during the first runs of Q3 and further improved with a final time of 1m 25.819s, finishing 0.171s ahead of Hamilton. Lando Norris secured third place for McLaren, completing an all-British top three.

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Max Verstappen could only manage fourth in his Red Bull, likely hindered by an earlier trip through the gravel at Copse. McLaren’s Oscar Piastri took fifth, while Nico Hulkenberg impressed by securing sixth for Haas, ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

Aston Martin drivers Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso had a better day than recent weekends, securing P8 and P10, respectively, with Williams’ Alex Albon slotting between them in P9.

Charles Leclerc had a disappointing session, being eliminated in Q2 and finishing P11. He will start alongside Williams’ Logan Sargeant, who achieved his best qualifying performance of the year in P12.

Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo of RB finished in 13th and 15th, respectively, with Kick Sauber’s Zhou Guanyu between them in 14th.

Valtteri Bottas just missed advancing to Q2, ending up in P16 for Kick Sauber, followed by Haas’ Kevin Magnussen in P17 after an excursion at Copse.

Alpine drivers Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly had a disappointing session, finishing P18 and P20. Gasly, however, was already set to start from the back due to a penalty for new power unit elements. Sergio Perez had a disastrous session, becoming beached in the gravel early on and will start in P19.

Facts and stats

With George Russell leading fellow Brits Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris in an exciting damp-to-dry qualifying session, and Nico Hulkenberg impressively securing P6 for Haas. Notably, neither Charles Leclerc nor Sergio Perez made it to Q3. Here are some facts and stats from the 2024 British Grand Prix qualifying:

  • This marked the first all-British one-two-three on the grid since the 1968 South African Grand Prix, where Jim Clark took pole in his final F1 race ahead of Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart.
  • It was also the first-ever all-British one-two-three at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
  • Mercedes extended their all-time record to 82 front-row lockouts, achieving their first one-two since the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
  • Russell now out-qualified Hamilton 10-2 in 2024.
  • Hamilton secured his 11th front-row start at Silverstone, tying the record for the most front-row starts at a single circuit, a feat he has also achieved at Yas Marina and the Hungaroring.
  • This was Lando Norris’s fourth consecutive start in the top three, maintaining his record of never being out-qualified by a teammate at Silverstone.
  • Nico Hulkenberg secured Haas’s best qualifying performance of the year with P6, their best ever at Silverstone. He also had the honour of being the fastest Ferrari-powered car.
  • At Aston Martin, Lance Stroll out-qualified Fernando Alonso for the fifth time this year.
  • Alex Albon tied Williams’ best qualifying performance of the year with P9, marking his second Q3 appearance in the past seven races, matching Fernando Alonso’s rate.
  • Charles Leclerc was out in Q2 for the second time in four races, repeating his Montreal result.
  • Logan Sargeant secured his best start of the season with P12, though he did not join his Williams teammate in Q3.
  • Zhou Guanyu out-qualified his Kick Sauber teammate Valtteri Bottas for the first time since Austin in 2023, ending a 15-race streak.
  • Daniel Ricciardo’s P15 marks his worst qualifying performance at Silverstone since 2017.
  • While Hulkenberg shone, his Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen exited in Q1 for the sixth consecutive time at Silverstone.
  • Alpine’s P18 and P20 mark the worst performance for the ‘Enstone squad’ since 1981 when Toleman drivers Derek Warwick and Brian Henton failed to qualify here.
  • Sergio Perez is out in Q1 for the second straight year at Silverstone and the third time this season.

British GP Qualifying Results

2024 British Grand Prix Qualifying, 6 July 2024

163George RussellMercedes1:30.1061:26.7231:25.81926
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:29.5471:26.7701:25.99025
34Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes1:31.5961:26.5591:26.03022
41Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:31.3421:26.7961:26.20324
581Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes1:30.8951:26.7331:26.23724
627Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:31.9291:26.8471:26.33817
755Carlos SainzFerrari1:30.5571:26.8431:26.50924
818Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:31.4101:26.9381:26.58524
923Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:31.1351:26.9331:26.64023
1014Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:31.2641:26.7301:26.91724
1116Charles LeclercFerrari1:30.4961:27.09718
122Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:31.6081:27.17520
1322Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT1:30.9941:27.26917
1424Zhou GuanyuKick Sauber Ferrari1:31.1901:27.86722
153Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT1:31.2911:27.94918
1677Valtteri BottasKick Sauber Ferrari1:32.43111
1720Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:32.9056
1831Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:34.55711
1911Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:38.3485
2010Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:39.8047

Source: Formula 1

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