Nobody can avoid Lewis Hamilton. In the fourth qualifying session of the season, there was the third pole position, the 91st of his career. The Briton continues to chase Michael Schumacher’s victory record in his home country. The German Formula 1 legend still leads 91:86.
GP victory number 87 is scheduled for Sunday, his seventh at Silverstone at the home GP. Minus point for the British: The 100,000 enthusiastic Hamilton fans are missing on the route.
«As with test drives …»
«It was not easy because Valtteri pushed me to my limits again. And there was this uncomfortable wind. You feel like a juggler and take a deep breath every time nothing happens. I think there will never be a perfect lap here. Now there would be smoke, flags and sirens everywhere. But without fans you feel like test drives, »says Hamilton after the qualification.
Alongside Hamilton on the front row is his team-mate Valtteri Bottas. The Finn: «I actually felt comfortable with the tires, but in the final I slid a little too much. Of course I’m disappointed again, but Lewis just did a great job again. Maybe strategy will help me on Sunday. »
For the 66th time, there is a pure Mercedes front row … once more than for Ferrari.
Ray of hope for Ferrari
There you can see some light at the end of the tunnel. The previous weekend for Sebastian Vettel was littered with breakdowns. A black Friday with loading cooling problems and loose pedals posed a problem for the German. Nevertheless, the goal for qualification: for the first time in 2020, both red cars should reach the top ten final. It actually works. In the end, a fourth place looks out for Leclerc, and a tenth place for Vettel.
Verstappen hopes for the wind
Max Verstappen takes the “second pole” behind the front row with the black silver arrows in the Red Bull. The Dutchman: “My lap was good, but a second behind Mercedes is just too much. Nobody can do more than third in these circumstances. Hopefully it will be a little different in the race. Then the wind might blow in the right direction. »
“Apprentice” Hülkenberg not in the final
Because a positive Corona test came out at Sergio Pérez, Nico Hülkenberg stepped in in the pink Racing Point Mercedes since Friday. The German is clearly enjoying his comeback, says: «I feel like an apprentice. Or someone who comes into a strange living room for the first time. »
In qualifying, it is then obvious to Hülk that he has not completed many race laps lately. Despite a good lap shortly before time runs out, the almost 33-year-old does not make it into the top ten. At the end, starting position 13 looks out. Teammate Lance Stroll, who won the day at Silverstone on Friday, will start from 6th on Sunday.
Again no Q2 for Alfa-Sauber
Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen move to the next bankruptcy in the red and white Alfa-Sauber racing car on Swiss national day. For the fourth time in the fourth World Cup round of the 2020 season, the Hinwil-based company cannot make it past the first part of the hunt with both cars.
The opponents in the fight against misery are again World Cup bottom-placed Williams-Mercedes and Haas-Ferrari. Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen and Nicholas Latifi also fly out after Q1. Only the astonishing George Russell (14th) makes it a round in his home country.
Russell faces penalty spots, Kvyat already has them
But Russell makes a mistake: The youngster (22) drives too fast during the yellow flag in a Latifi crash and has to report to the FIA. He faces three penalty places.
The first victim on the grid is Russian Daniil Kvyat – even before qualifying. The gearbox on his Alpha Tauri-Honda has to be changed. So it goes back five places and in the last row next to Latifi.
McLaren shines at home
After the low in Hungary, the McLaren-Renault are now back in the home race: 5th Norris, 7th Sainz. The British are in 3rd place in the Team World Cup with 40 points…