This year’s eleventh time trial at the Nürburgring at the 2020 Formula One Eifel Grand Prix began in cloudy weather, with asphalt temperatures of 16 degrees and air temperatures of 8 degrees Celsius. Based on the results of the third free practice, Mercedes seemed to be the favorite and Ferrari performed surprisingly well.
The composition of the field has also changed: at Racing Point Lance Stroll was not feeling well, his place can be taken by Nico Hülkenberg for the rest of the weekend.
A Q1 at the beginning, Hülkenberg was also one of the first to drive to the track, but the others also rolled out quickly, as they also had only an hour of experience with the asphalt strip returning after 2013.
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Pierre Gasly could not leave the AlphaTauri garage smoothly, the left wheel of his car tearing up the sticker on the floor.
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The race management kept a close eye on the track cuts and widenings: there were cornerstones in turn 4 and the last slide, and many of them were canceled for this reason. After the first blade changes, Max Verstappen took the lead with Red Bull, ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes and Ferraris ’Charles Leclerc. Russian Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas later improved his current fourth place to a second, leaving Sebastian Vettel alone with the other Ferrari in his form in the third free practice.
Max Verstappen is setting the early pace in qualifying
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In Hülkenberg, the one-hour and multi-race omissions were felt, and the German took a slower pace than the other drivers. He could have expected the last Q1 run in last place, 1.7 seconds behind the lead.
With the exception of the first four pilots in his hair, everyone drove to the runway to improve. In the end, the chaotic Romain Grosjean, the two Williams, the Alfa Romeo, Kimi Räikkönen and Hülkenberg did not advance. The German is to be commended despite the last place, it was only half a second to advance and he also received only nine tenths of a second from his teammate Sergio Perez.
Practice laps: 0⃣
Time in the car: 🔟 minutes
Gap to Q2: Just 0⃣.4⃣ seconds
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A Q2-I tactics for the teams in terms of tire choice: a pair of Mercedes and Ferrari and renault’s Daniel Ricciardo using medium tires, while everyone else was trying to move forward using red sidewall, soft Pirellis. After the first measured laps, Verstappen was in the lead in front of Hamilton, the other in front of Alexander Albon in Red Bull, McLarenes Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon (Renault), Carlos Sainz (McLaren), Perez and Bottas. Leclerc was good in ninth place with the faster Ferrari, and Sebastian Vettel was in 11th place with the other red car in his measured lap.
🚥 Q2 GREEN LIGHT 🚥
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For the second run, everyone put back the soft tires and Hamilton ran a new track peak with a time of 1: 25,390. Timekeeper Vettel, two AlphaTauri, Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) and Kevin Magnussen (Haas), finished, they didn’t make it to Q3.
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A Q3-as after the first rises, Verstappen took the lead ahead of Bottas and Hamilton, who ran on used tires. They were followed by Albon and Leclerc, in the top ten in the second half Ocon, Norris, Sainz, Ricciardo, Perez were in order. The Mexican was standing in tenth place without a measured lap at this time, he later drove to the track, completing a single measured lap.
Everyone put on new tires for the finale. First the two McLaren, the two Renault, then Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen cut him to their final fast lap, the line closed by Albon and Leclerc. All three prospects improved on their lap, but the two Mercedes drivers improved their lap so much that Verstappen slipped back to third. Bottas took the 14th pole position of his career with his record-breaking fast lap. In front of Hamilton, next to Verstappen, Leclerc will be able to depart on Sunday. Albon came in fifth and will be able to share the third row with Ricciardo. From behind the Australian, renault teammate Ocon could start. Norris, Perez and Sainz shared the top ten final publisher spots.
The 2020 Formula 1 Eifel Grand Prix begins at 3:10 p.m., Sunday afternoon.