In addition to the pole position, the surprise was given by Latifi at Silverstone. Photo EFE / EPA / CHRISTIAN BRUNA
The mechanics failed to wipe the smiles from their faces in the Williams garage when the Canadian Nicola Latifi He achieved the unthinkable in one of the most emblematic circuits in the world, together with Monza: advance to Q3 of qualifying for the British Grand Prix. And not even on social networks.
The memes were not long in appearing on Twitter, where Latifi’s 10th place seemed like a triumph. It is that there were many Formula 1 fans who could not believe that the Canadian had managed to be in the top 10 of the standings at Silverstone for the first time since it reached the category.
It all started in Q1, when he was the first to set the time, even if very far – five seconds – from Charles Leclerc, who nailed the clock at 1: 47.521 with Ferrari, the best of the first at the start, also of his teammate Sainz, who came far, more than two seconds apart. However, this was enough to stay in the race, eliminating the two Aston Martins (Lance Stroll, 20th, and Sebastian Vettel, 18th), the two Haas (Mick Schumacher, 19th, and Kevin Magnussen, 17th) and his partner. Alex Albon.
After, the rain winked at the Williams driver. Far from improving, the track got worse and worse, which means that from 10th place he managed to qualify for Q3 with the best, ousting Alpha Tauri (Pierre Gasly, 11th, and Yuki Tsunoda, 13th), all ‘expert Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo (14th, McLaren) and Esteban Ocon (15th, Alpine).
Almost without visibility, the record he had set earlier (almost three seconds behind Verstappen) allowed Latifi Sign your best performance in a Formula 1 ranking and start from the fifth row, in the center of the group.