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SILVERSTONE: World title pioneer Max Verstappen won Formula One’s debut run race on Saturday to take shaft position for the British Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver completed the 100km scramble in front of safeguarding title holder Lewis Hamilton with Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes in third spot.

Verstappen went into the end of the week with an important lead throughout seven-time champion Hamilton who is wanting to catch an eighth British Grand Prix win on Sunday.

“We were pushing each other hard as the tires were rankling a ton,” said Verstappen who gathered three focuses for his success. Hamilton took two and Bottas one.

“I’m glad to have scored the three focuses and it is amusing to say I have scored the shaft position as well, yet we’ll take it,” added the Dutchman.

Hamilton began the run at the front of the matrix having topped qualifying on Friday.

Be that as it may, he conceded he will confront a fight to get a 99th vocation win before around 90,000 fans on Sunday.

“As a matter of first importance, let me say thank you to the fans, their energy is astonishing,” he said. “I gave it everything today, I’m simply sorry I was unable to win it for them. Tomorrow [Sunday] we will battle once more, yet Red Bull are simply so solid.”

Saturday’s run qualifying race was the first of three got ready for this year.

Another will follow at the Italian Grand Prix in September with the third scene still to be affirmed.

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