Valtteri Bottas ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of 5 consecutive Formula One pole positions by claiming first place on the grid on the Eifel Grand Prix on Saturday.
Hamilton briefly sat atop the time charts after toppling Max Verstappen within the third session, however his teammate Bottas sped by seconds later with an unbeatable time, quickest in all three sectors of the Nürburgring observe.
“It’s such a nice feeling when you get it done the last lap,” the Finnish driver mentioned, including his finishing run was “spot on.” Bottas’ time beat Hamilton by .256 seconds and Verstappen by .293. Ferrari recovered a bit of field after a depressing run of races, with Charles Leclerc qualifying fourth and Sebastian Vettel 11th.
Teams went into qualifying with a lot much less details about the observe situations than normal after not good climate worn out each Friday practices, leaving just one hour on Saturday to excellent the setups. It was particularly exhausting for groups to get essentially the most grip from their tires in chilly situations in western Germany.
Sunday’s race could possibly be held in temperatures of simply eight levels Celsius (47 F), making it simply one of many coldest races lately.
“If it’s any colder than this, I’m going to have to race with my scarf on,” Hamilton joked after qualifying.
The chilly makes it exhausting to get warmth into the tires, which might trigger understeer. Driving slowly behind the protection automobile if there’s an accident will trigger the tires to chill down much more. However, the climate might additionally enable drivers to make use of the identical set of tires for longer.
“We’re all in the same boat. I don’t really know how far the tires will go, but when it gets a bit cooler, generally they can go a bit further,” Hamilton mentioned.
Hamilton must overtake his teammate on Sunday if he’s to match Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins in F1. Bottas is hoping he can stage a comeback within the title race after slicing Hamilton’s result in 44 factors with a win two weeks in the past in Russia. Mercedes drivers have taken pole for each race this season, with eight for Hamilton and three for Bottas.
Nico Hülkenberg wakened on Saturday anticipating to be a pundit on German TV for qualifying. He ended up driving for Racing Point after Lance Stroll felt unwell.
He was within the close by metropolis of Cologne and joked it was like “a heart attack” when he obtained a name from the staff. Hülkenberg missed follow and had simply 4 laps in qualifying as he positioned 20th and last.
“It was going to be super difficult to get a really good result out of this,” he mentioned. “I had to kind of find my feet again, find my rhythm, which is obviously in that short amount of time is very hard. So I’m happy with those four laps, even though it’s last.” The German earlier stood in for Racing Point’s different driver, Sergio Perez, in August when Perez examined positive for the coronavirus.
Sunday will see the primary F1 race since 2013 on the Nürburgring and is called the Eifel Grand Prix after a close-by mountain vary. (AP) AT AT