Lewis Hamilton confidently secures pole position in the qualifying for the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. The Brit still had his hands full after his spin.
With Sebastian Vettel, the frustration after starting position ten is immeasurable. “It can’t get much worse,” said the German after the race.
Meanwhile, Head of Mercedes Motorsport Toto Wolff finds that the Silver Arrows are not only a pleasure with their dominance, but that it is better than pity.
SPORT1 summarizes the votes for the race at Silverstone RTL, Sky, ORF from the pit lane and the press conference together.
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Rang 1: “The distance from us to the competition is very large, but it didn’t matter to me because I had Valtteri Bottas on my neck. He really kept me on tiptoe today.”
to the capabilities of his car. “I had the car modified a little before the final training session, with the result that it was not so good. I really had my hands full and also a spin.”
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to his lathe operator: “It was one fight, but I was able to digest the spin and concentrate again for the last part of the qualification. The first round was good, but not perfect, the second was better. And even though I was able to achieve a few pole positions – this feeling grips you again and again. “
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Rank 2: “Second place is disappointing, but Lewis found more time in Q3 and I couldn’t quite keep up with him. He did a very good job today and deserved to take pole. Qualifying was relatively uncomplicated, and I’m in Q1 and Q2 drove clean laps. The car felt good. It was harder in Q3 because I had difficulties in the slow corners. The rear drifted there more than before. “
about his chances in the race: “It will only count tomorrow and I believe that my performance on the long runs this weekend has been good so far. I am convinced that there will be opportunities tomorrow and everything is still open.”
Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Rang 3: “Mercedes was just too fast. You just try to do your best, and that’s third.” (Formula 1 racing calendar 2020)
on the gap to Mercedes in qualifying: “I’m not surprised. We noticed very early in qualifying that they were just too fast. The gap is really big. But that’s also what happened in previous races.”
on whether he has a chance in the race against Mercedes: “Usually not.”
about his plans for the race: “We should be a bit closer in the race again. I’m not saying that we can fight with Mercedes, but at least we have a chance. We hope for a clean start. Then I’ll try my best. If we if they could follow them a bit and get points, I would be satisfied. “
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on whether heat would help: “But we would still be a few tenths back. I don’t think the warm weather makes such a big difference. Even if it were 35 degrees Celsius again today, I would still have been third. Maybe it would have helped a little, but not much.”
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Rank 4: “I’m very satisfied today. I didn’t expect fourth place. It looks good for tomorrow’s race. I think we have the pace. But we break the tires very quickly compared to the others. That is why it gets massive help start on medium. “
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Rang 10: “It was definitely not a good qualifying session for us. I had a hard time finding the rhythm throughout the weekend – so far I haven’t found it yet. Tomorrow we’ll stick to the wrong tire at the end of the line, so at the end the top 10, so it won’t be a treat. ”
about his hopes for the race: “Yesterday was definitely not a good day, there were a few things that weren’t right. But I don’t want to accuse anyone of bad intentions. On my part, it wasn’t ideal today. I found it extremely difficult to find the rhythm. I’m relatively confident that tomorrow will be better. How much I don’t know, I can’t promise anything, but it can’t get much worse. “
Alexander Albon (Red Bull), Rang 12: “I would not say that the weekend was terrible. Only today it was not very good. We lost time on the track and the wind changes here all the time and the balance changes with it.”
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about his chances in the race: “Tomorrow we have free choice of tires. Hopefully we can win some positions again.” (DATA CENTER: The Formula 1 driver classification)
Nico Hülkenberg (Racing Point), Rang 13: “It was not easy to find the rhythm in qualifying, even with the medium in the first part of Q2, and then the soft one. That changed the rhythm a bit. And team-specific, things are always different in qualifying. Of course that was it first time here and fairly new. “
about his plans for Sunday: “It would be utopian to expect everything to go smoothly the first time. Too bad because actually only a tenth or a little more was missing. That was certainly in there. The car has the pace. We will try to do better tomorrow. We will fight. You can see: the competition is not far away. They are all very close to each other. I will just give everything. “
Toto Wolff (Head of Mercedes Motorsport): “Today there is nothing to complain about. It was really good. We are a second apart from the others. I believe that the conditions have accommodated us, a route that has always suited us. And then it is cooler than yesterday and because of that this distance is a little bit better than it looked yesterday. “
on the conditions of the race: “It was a completely different day today. And as I said, our car is much better when it is cool. The most important thing is that we get through. We always have such small ‘gremlins’ in terms of durability that we will have to do it tomorrow well it’s going to be eradicated. The two have to get through the first few corners well, then we’ll see. “
to the dominance of Mercedes: “We are not just making friends at the moment, but managing that is better than pity.”
Christian Horner (Teamchef Red Bull): “I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t frustrating today. We know that this route always suits your car, but at the moment they are incredibly fast.”
to the chances in the race: “Our racing pace is often better than in qualifying, so hopefully tomorrow we can maximize our points with both cars.”