Verstappen set the fastest time in Q1, a feat he just did not repeat in Q2. Then only Hamilton was faster. Sebastian Vettel did not make it to the decisive qualifying session.
It was all about Q3. In the first shift, it was Verstappen who had the fastest time, just ahead of Bottas and Hamilton. After a short break, the drivers took to the track again for their second run. Then it was the Finn who took pole off, just ahead of his British teammate. Verstappen eventually had to settle for third place. “I didn’t have enough grip in Q3”. he said about the on-board radio.
Verstappen pointed out the lack of grip again immediately after qualifying. The Dutchman was close to pole position, but just missed out. “I am a little disappointed,” he says. “I am also satisfied again, but we would have liked to be closer. Tomorrow will be an interesting race. Then it will be even colder than today ”, Verstappen looks ahead to Sunday’s Grand Prix. “It’s a nice track and I’m looking forward to Sunday’s race.”
Noticeable during qualifying was that not Lance Stroll, but Nico Hülkenberg entered the circuit on behalf of Racing Point. The Canadian was not fit enough and had to be replaced. Hülkenberg had to get into the car out of nowhere. It was therefore not surprising that it still looked a bit awkward for the German, who could immediately park his car in the garage after Q1. Hülkenberg also takes the honors for Sunday’s race.
Free training and program
Two of the three free practice sessions in Germany were canceled due to dense fog hanging over the circuit. As a result, the medical helicopter could not take off and, in the event of an emergency, could not fly to the hospital.
The third training, a day later (Saturday), continued. It was an intensive practice, as the drivers on Friday could not collect data for Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race. Verstappen then recorded the fourth fastest time. Mercedes drivers Bottas and Hamilton were first and second respectively. Charles Leclerc was also even faster than the Red Bull driver.
On Sunday, Verstappen will start from third place at the Nürburgring. The race starts at 2.10 p.m. After the GP of Eifel, the drivers have two weeks off before they travel to Portugal. The Formula 1 circus will take place on the Portimão circuit during the weekend from 23 to 25 October.
Also view the previous results and the standings in the battle for the world title in Formula 1.
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