For the first time in his career, Carlos Sainz Jr. will start from the front row for the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
Due to three retirements in nine races, the Spaniard is trailing leader Max Verstappen by 73 points in the Drivers’ Standings.
However, the 27-year-old finally started a Grand Prix on pole at a wet Silverstone after 150 races with a lap that beat away the Championship leader.
Sainz finished fewer than two tenths of a second faster than Verstappen, who was the only other driver on the starting grid to clock in under one minute 41 seconds.
Verstappen appeared to be headed for a comfortable pole position at one point, but the Dutchman was unable to beat his fastest time on the final flying lap.
Positively, he finished Q3 ahead of rivals Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc, who had to settle for fourth place along with their Red Bull teammate.
Lewis Hamilton, who is attempting to win the British Grand Prix for the fourth time in a row, finished a decent fifth in his Mercedes, sharing the third row with fellow countryman Lando Norris.
George Russell, a teammate of Hamilton’s, finished eighth, followed by Fernando Alonso, who finished seventh. Zhou Guanyu and Nicolas Latifi rounded out the top 10.