Tyre wear for qualifying is very important for the pace and balance of an F1 car.
Valtteri Bottas had everything right taking a very important Pole Position for his World Championship challenge with his team mate Lewis Hamilton 0.006 behind. Next was Charles Leclerc’s Scuderia Ferrari.
All drivers used the red marked soft Pirelli today in qualifying.
- 1 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes1:25.093
- 2 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes+0.006
- 3 Charles LECLERC Ferrari+0.079
- 4 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing+0.183
- 5 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Racing+0.497
- 6 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari+0.694
- 7 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault+1.089
- 8 Lando NORRIS McLaren+1.131
Around 250,000 fans will attend the British Grand Prix this weekend, one of the best in the season for atmosphere and access.
This track is very hard for drivers with excessive downforce as they say this is a real F1 driver’s track. “The pressure on your neck is amazing where they touch the pads either side of the cockpit headrest” said Alex Albon.
Verstappen had balance issues early in qualifying then some turbo lapse costing him time. His crew will be spend tonight to set the car up for the race to go for the win again after his Austrian victory over Leclerc.
Ferrari will simulate qualifying back to Italy tonight to review their strategy for the race tomorrow. Vettel was ok with his job today though not impressed with his position for the race tomorrow.
Lando Norris whilst having fun on track today doing hot laps in a Ferrari road car was impressive on track to start in 8th place tomorrow. As he said ” you lose downforce in Maggots and Becketts so its important to keep good pace in the race where you can”.
Ricciardo starts clean side of the grid tomorrow with his sights on Vettel. Daniel just turned 30 years of age making jokes about his age and double vision. Always the joker, he is looking for a 7th place finish worse case tomorrow.
Renault have made some changes to fight McLaren for position. They went back to a more conventional setup as his team mate Nico Hulkenberg was in good form enjoying the track time though he is aware the younger guys are doing well like Norris and Albon.