The classification of GP the Eifel, in Nurburgring, did not leave the usual Lewis Hamilton on pole. The Briton had five consecutive Grands Prix setting the best time on a Saturday, but this time he met the enemy at home:Valtteri Bottas.
His teammate, grown after the victory of Russia, beat him forcefully, with more than two tenths of a margin that also put him to a Max Verstappen which again tried to be the alternative to the Mercedes.
It wasn’t a good day for Carlos Sainz. The Madrilenian went to Q3, as expected, but he carries in his McLaren the technical innovations that his partner rode in the last Grand Prix Lando Norris… but he didn’t quite hold her hand. While the British will start 7th, the Spanish will do 10th with 3 tenths of a disadvantage in time.
One of the great enemies of Sainz at the start of this Sunday will be Sebastian Vettel. The German will start 11th, despite the fact that this weekend the Ferraris seem to be one point better than in other races, possibly due to the low temperature. Charles Leclerc, however, will start 4th.
Little or nothing could be demanded of Nico Hulkenberg on his hasty return to the paddock. Just an hour after parking his street Porsche at the Nurburgring, he donned the Racing Point overalls to replace Lance Stroll.
The German had to get used to the car in the first laps that he had been giving an F1 car for several months, and he could do little to avoid starting last.