Date released: August 15 2020
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Lewis Hamilton booked his 150th front row Formula 1 start with a 5th Spanish GP lead while Sebastian Vettels new chassis could not get him out of Q2.
50 C track temperature level, a blustering tailwind into Turn 4 and 13 that selected up prior to certifying and soft tires that needed management. Those were simply a few of the difficulties that waited for the chauffeurs in getting approved for the Spanish Grand Prix.
With the tyres expected to cause havoc with the traffic, the heavy players were rapidly into the Q1 action with Lewis Hamilton setting the pace ahead of the 2 Racing Point drivers, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll, Valtteri Bottas and Verstappen.
Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat found themselves under investigation for a Turn 2 occurrence noted by the stewards while Antonio Giovinazzi asked Alfa Romeo to inspect his “floor” following a wild ride over the kerbs.
With the leading 15 separated by a 2nd 18 of the 20 cars, the Racing Points left out, headed out for the last three minutes of Q1.
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Q3 was all about Hamilton versus Bottas, which of the two Mercedes motorists would take the sought after lead.
The six-time World Champion put down a 1:15.584 to rest on provisionary pole by 0.059 s while Verstappen held back Perez and Stroll for 3rd.
Tip-toeing out of the pits to conserve their tires for a last hot lap, Hamilton wasnt able to enhance his time however neither could Bottas. They still, nevertheless, held on for a front row lock out in what could be the last weekend that Mercedes gets to utilize its qualy celebration mode.
Verstappen was 3rd, his first top 3 slot at Barcelona.
Hamilton upped his pace to a 1:16.8 with Perez remaining 2nd ahead of Verstappen.
Out went: Magnussen, Romain Grosjean, George Russell, Nicholas Latifi and Giovinazzi. For the very first time this season Kimi Raikkonen made it through to Q2.
Mercedes were initially on the board in Q2, a 1:16.0 for Hamilton putting him a tenth up on Bottas with Verstappen half a second down. Perez briefly looked to be on course to beat the Mercedes drivers only to have a substantial minute that cost him time.
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Charles Leclerc went P5 with a “dreadful lap, actually dreadful” however it was even worse for Sebastian Vettel who was down in 11th and in the drop zone with 5 minutes to go.
Everybody other than the two Mercs and Verstappen headed out again, the entire Q2 field choosing for soft tyres, and developing traffic galore as one by one they withdrawed to make space.
Out went: Vettel, Kvyat, Daniel Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Esteban Ocon. Vettel missed out by 0.002 s.
Perez, going back to the grid after two weeks in self-isolation following a positive coronavirus test, was fourth ahead of Stroll.
Alex Albon, Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris, Leclerc and Pierre Gasly completed the top 10.
Times1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:15.5842 Valtteri BottasMercedes0.059 s3Max VerstappenRed Bull0.708 s4Sergio PerezRacing Point0.898 s5Lance StrollRacing Point1.005 s6Alex AlbonRed Bull1.445 s7Carlos SainzMcLaren1.460 s8Lando NorrisMcLaren1.500 s9Charles LeclercFerrari1.713 s10Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1.552 s11Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.16612 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:17.19213 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:17.19814 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:17.38615 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:17.56716 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:17.90817 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:18.08918 George Russell Williams 1:18.09919 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:18.53220 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:18.697
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