Carlos Sainz Jr’s British GP pole position is his first in nearly eight years

Carlos Sainz Jr. has taken pole position for the British GP at Silverstone in a wet season – his first in nearly eight years of racing. When was his last pole position?

There is a new pole-sitter joining the club in Formula 1 as Carlos Sainz Jr took pole position in wet conditions for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Rain came just before qualifying hour began and the grid remained in place with drivers using intermediate tires to secure spots.

Sainz, who is in his 150th Grand Prix weekend, achieved his first pole position in F1 – with Max Verstappen P2, as Charles Leclerc made a mistake with his sister Ferrari.

It is the first pole for a Spanish driver in F1 since Fernando Alonso at the 2012 German Grand Prix – but when was Carlos Sainz Jr.’s last pole position in motorsport?

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Carlos Sainz Jr. Pole Position

Sainz secured the first F1 pole with a 1m:40.983s lap of Silverstone – overtaking old teammate Verstappen by 0.072s.

Leclerc turned around on his final lap in Sector 3, meaning he could not improve and closed the gap close to Sainz’s benchmark of 0.315.

The Spaniard is the 104th driver in F1 history to take pole position.

Carlos Sainz Jr.’s last pole position actually came before he entered F1 back in his junior days.

Driving for DAMS, he took pole for the squad in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series race at Paul Ricard in September 2014.

It was his seventh pole of the season from 15 races with the likes of Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon on the grid.

Before being promoted to F1 with Toro Rosso in 2015, Sainz converted pole into a double and eventually a victory in the championship.

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Not able to show speed with cars

Sainz, as a teammate with Verstappen in 2015, had actually out-qualified the Dutchman during the season, but the latter was promoted to the main Red Bull team in ’16.

While Verstappen has gone on to victories, poles and world titles, Sainz only has a handful of podiums.

Between 2017 and 2021, he moved teams four times, from Toro Rosso to Renault to McLaren to Ferrari – usually given midfield fodder equipment for the race.

She has 11 podium finishes to her name – including three second places in 2022 – including two in the last three races in Monaco and Canada.

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