Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying
For all the Formula 1 fans, the summer break couldn’t end quicker and the first race to the second half of the Formula 1 season is the Belgian Grand Prix.
Today, we had the Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying session which showed that Mercedes have the slight upper hand to their closest rivals Ferrari but with times showing that the two teams are close – what matters most is the race tomorrow.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at what happened during the Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying Session today with a few interviews from drivers.
Qualifying 1 Recap – Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying
Lewis Hamilton was the most eager of all drivers – being the first car out on track for Q1 followed by his team mate Bottas, Ocon and Raikkonen.
A poor session for Williams with both their drivers out.
Hamilton, Vettel, Verstappen, Raikkonen and Bottas made up the top 5 drivers in Q1.
Q1 Knock Out Zone
Qualifying 2 Recap – Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying
Hamilton was once again the most eager driver to get out on track first.
With Palmer going round the track in Q2, he suddenly had a problem which sees him making his way to the pits – with yellow flags briefly being featured.
Verstappen reports of oil on the track which looks like it came from Palmer’s car as he suffered with a clutch problem.
Fernando Alonso was looking to set a decent time until he struggled with his car, slowly making his way back to the pits where he shouted across the radio “No Power!” – another unfortunate end to his session which had looked better.
Q2 Knock Out Zone
Vandoorne (Grid Penalty)
Qualifying 3 – Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying
Lewis Hamilton was once again the first driver out on track – setting a new track time record of 1:42.553
Hamilton takes pole – equalling Schumacher’s 68 poles to which his family congratulated Lewis Hamilton. His rival from Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel took P2 with Bottas in P3 – Raikkonen admitting over the radio that he messed up his lap.
TOP 5 DRIVERS
Here is what the driver qualifying classification times looks like.
Lewis Hamilton – “First, I want to do a big shootout to all the fans here – thank you all so much for coming out here and for the support.”
“I have to say a big thank you to my team, to Ross – he’s very much a part of the success and it’s an amazing feeling to come here, put a lap like that in, it’s amazing. I’ve got the best job in the world”
“To hear the message from Ross (from Schumacher’s family) and to have the privilege to race with him, I pray for his family everyday and I’m so happy that I’m up there in terms of times with him – he will always be one Formula 1’s greatest drivers.”
Sebastian Vettel – “It was a good feeling in Q1 but then I lost that feeling with the car in sector 2 and I was lacking a little bit of response but in the last lap, the car turned back to how it felt in Q1.”
“Obviously, it’s a great job from the team and I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow – so far, things have been looking good. The car on one lap, I thought it’s a bit tricky but it all depends on the strategy – we have the speed and we should have that in the race tomorrow.”
“We don’t have anything to hide, we are in the front row and we have worked to get there.”
Valtteri Bottas – “It would have been nice to be 1-2 tomorrow, to be honest, Lewis has been doing a wonderful job all week and for some reason I have been struggling.”
“We will go over things and investigate why – getting my first couple of wins this season has been great and that’s what I focus on and getting a strong result. I don’t mind if they are being looked at more (Hamilton & Vettel) I will be focusing on getting stronger and getting better and better.”
Lots more coming soon!
Images –Kym Illman F1