British Grand Prix Formula One qualifying report
Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Silverstone.
Formula One teams Santander British Grand Prix qualifying results (coming soon)
|5||Di Resta||Force India||1:30.736||1.129|
|21||Van der Garde||Caterham||1:35.481|
Red Bull Racing
BRITISH GP – QUALIFYING
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 3rd, (3rd Practice – P3, 1:32.037)
“We will see what happens tomorrow. It’s a long race, but I’m happy with today. Either Lewis found a short cut or he has something special round here, it was a phenomenal lap and he wasn’t in reach today. I was very happy with the lap I did at the end, it was very close with Mark also. We did what we could for the team and it’s always nice to position well in qualifying, especially around here – qualifying is good fun and I’m enjoying the high speed corners. We’ll see how we get on with the tyres tomorrow and with looking after them. I’m happy for the team today, our factory is very close to this track, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 4th, (3rd Practice – P4, 1:32.078)
“We were up against it to get on the front row against the Mercs, they’re on another level as they have been for the last few events. It was disappointing to get pipped by Seb there at the end by a hundredth, it was very close. I was happy with the first part of my lap, but I could have done better in the last sector. We have a good balance for qualifying and race pace in terms of where we prioritised things. It should be an interesting race, we can get a good result from there.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “We could see this morning that Mercedes were very fast over a single lap and they’ve demonstrated that again this afternoon, so congratulations to Lewis on his pole position at Silverstone. It was a great performance from both of our drivers with only one hundredth of a second separating them on the second row. Hopefully we can give Mercedes a good run for their money tomorrow from there, and I’m sure it’s going to be an exciting British Grand Prix”.
(Renault) THIERRY SALVI: “Silverstone is one of the hardest circuits on the engines, with some of the fastest series of corners we see all year and one of the highest average speeds, but also some of the tightest complexes. As a result, getting the maps correct is always a compromise, but we were on the right side today. While it would have been great to get a front row start at the team’s home race, we did the best we could. We’re still in a good position to let the race come to us and hopefully we can win for the fourth time in five years.”
Apart from this weekend when the team gets a chance to come to Silverstone and cheer on the drivers in the grandstands, a normal race day for our Milton Keynes-based factory crew is no different to that of millions of F1 fans, which means the sofa, snacks and the TV.
Everyone on the race team knows that isn’t much reward for the incredible work our factory staff do all year-long, so to celebrate, Seb has decided to pay them a little tribute with a special helmet design for this weekend. For his seventh helmet of this season Seb has decorated his lid with the faces of everybody who works at the factory. That’s over 500 images to be scanned in and arranged in an aesthetically pleasing pattern. All we can say is we’re hoping his helmet designer Jens Munser is getting well paid!
British Grand Prix
Silverstone, 29th June 2013
ALONSO – Chassis 299 MASSA – Chassis 298
Q1 P15 1:32.266 New Hard – 4 laps P14 1:32.241
New Hard – 6 laps
New Medium – 3 laps
Q2 P8 1:31.387
New Medium – 3 laps
New Medium – 3 laps
Old Medium – 3 laps
New Medium – 3 laps
Q3 P10 1:30.979
New Hard – 3 laps
New Medium – 3 laps
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Weather: air 18 °C, track 29 °C. Sunny
Fernando Alonso: “This weekend has been complicated for us by problems that we haven’t managed to get on top of, concerning various aspects such as the balance of the car, its driveability and performance. We can consider this the worst Saturday of the season so far, having never finished so far down, but now we must react immediately to try and return to the form we showed at the start of the year. We definitely expected a lot more here, because this is a track that suits our car’s characteristics better than others. In Q3, we hesitated a bit over tyre choice: we went out on the Hards because they had worked well in free practice this morning and in Q1. Then we switched to Medium with the idea of just coming back to the pits if it did not go well but then we decided to finish the lap and nevertheless our rivals were quicker. Now, we must try to do the same, starting from tomorrow: even if the race will be an uphill struggle we are well aware how things can change during a race. We hope we can stage a good climb up the order and bring home as many points as possible”.
Felipe Massa: “It was an extremely difficult day as we did not have the car we were expecting and we had no grip whatsoever with new tyres. Compared to other cars, we struggled to put together a good lap. The time lost when I went off the track yesterday and the interruption this morning to change the engine definitely cost me valuable kilometres and in qualifying I lacked the few tenths necessary to make it through to Q3. Now we must think about tomorrow, as the race is an altogether different matter and I hope that, with a full fuel load and higher temperatures, things can change in our favour. If the car is more competitive, I’m sure I can pull off a few passing moves and fight for a good result”.
Pat Fry: “Today, the much awaited sunshine didn’t manage to push the temperatures up as much as we had hoped, especially on the track. The surface stayed rather cold and already in the final free practice this morning had created some problems with grip, with several drivers going off the track. Things only improved slightly in qualifying, but not enough to improve the grip levels. Looking at our start positions, it’s obvious that our cars suffered more than others, even if the gaps in the small group of cars ahead of Fernando are very close. While trying to improve the balance on the car, we tested various solutions, trying to increase driveability in both the high and low speed corners, always keeping in mind what will be the key factors in tomorrow’s race. We can be more confident when it comes to the race and we will be counting on the performance we have seen over a long run, which is encouraging. During the opening laps it will be important to try and make up a few places. Then, our strategy will be aimed at helping the drivers as much as possible in their efforts to close up to our direct rivals”.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
2013 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING
Silverstone, Saturday June 29
“I will drive my heart out tomorrow.”
- 12th 1m32.926s (+1.439s) 18 laps
- Q1 8th 1m31.979s (on Options)
- Q2 11th overall 1m31.649s (on Options)
- Q3 –
“I’m higher on the grid than I expected after practice. Yesterday, I didn’t think we’d qualify ahead of one Ferrari and just behind the two Lotuses. But I was much happier in qualifying than I’d been all weekend – we should be positive that we’ve improved the car
“I think 11th was the best we could have realistically achieved today. Even if we’d got into Q3, we’d probably have been 10th; so starting 11th means I’ll have a new set of tyres and will start from the clean side of the grid.
“After Q2 I walked down the pitlane to the FIA scales, waving to the crowd. There were so many Union Jacks and rocket-red caps out there, and the fans have been unbelievably supportive all weekend. You always want to do a good job in front of your home crowd, so I want to say a big ‘thank-you’ to them for their support.
“You never know what will happen tomorrow: starting 11th isn’t great, but we can race well from there.
“I will drive my heart out for a good result.”
- 18th 1m33.607s (+2.120s) 9 laps
- Q1 7th 1m31.953s (on Options)
- Q2 14th overall 1m32.082s (on Options)
- Q3 -
“It’s been a difficult day.
The puncture in FP3 wasn’t the best preparation for qualifying – and it made it more difficult, because we had to change the damaged floor for the older-spec version.
“This afternoon, I struggled a little with the warm-up of my tyres during Q2; I lost temperature when I was stopped and weighed at the FIA scales. We’ve been a bit unlucky all day.
“Still, we were a lot closer today than we were yesterday. Even if it’s not apparent, we’ve definitely made some improvements, and I think we might have had the potential to slip into Q3 if we’d been a little bit luckier.
“Our race pace should be better than our qualifying pace. Tomorrow is still going to be difficult, but I’m positive we can go forwards from here.”
MARTIN WHITMARSH Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“It’s been a difficult weekend for the team, but our pace in qualifying shows an upturn in form that we hope to carry into the race tomorrow.
“Jenson was unfortunate to miss out on Q3. In Q2, he lost out to 10th place by just 0.057s, and was only 0.659s from the fastest qualifier.
“Checo had an unlucky day: his poor luck started with his puncture in FP3, which damaged his floor and meant we had to fit an older-spec floor to his car. Into qualifying, he was called to the FIA weighbridge, which lost him tyre temperature, and then encountered traffic on his critical run, which lost him time.
“However, both our drivers are fantastic racers: Jenson will have the support of the home crowd behind him, and Checo will be determined to recover from the setbacks that affected him today. So I think our drivers are both set for charging races tomorrow.”
Lotus F1 Team
Soon Come Tomorrow – 2013 British Grand Prix, Saturday
Romain Grosjean will start from eighth on the grid and Kimi Räikkönen right behind him in ninth after today’s qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
After a promising Q1 session where the cars finished P3 and P4, Q2 and Q3 proved to be more difficult at the team’s local circuit. Kimi ran with a Device-equipped E21, whilst Romain ran with a new slimline bodywork package.
Kimi Räikkönen, E21-03. Q: P9, 1:30.962. FP3: P8, 1:32.459
“We’ll go into the race wanting to get a better result”
“It was a close qualifying session between both of the team’s cars so I think we both got pretty much all there was from the car today. It’s not ideal as we’d like to be nearer the front of the grid, but it is what it is. We’ll go into the race wanting to get a better result than we did in qualifying. Usually this is what happens for us and and hopefully that is the case again tomorrow.”
Romain Grosjean, E21-02. Q: P8, 1:30.955. FP3: P5, 1:32.391
“I’m quite satisfied with my performance today”
“Whilst were very quick on the hard tyres at the beginning of qualifying, we weren’t as competitive on the mediums, I don’t know if it’s the weather or something else, but we weren’t as good on them as in free practice this morning meaning we didn’t have enough to qualify further up the grid. We are working hard and in the right direction, but the tyres are still playing a key part. I’m quite satisfied with my performance today.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
“We’re reasonably happy with both cars in the top ten”
How was qualifying for the team?
I’m reasonably happy with both cars making it into the top ten but, of course, we would have liked a bit more from today. Romain didn’t have a perfect last lap and suffered from understeer in Turn 15 whilst there didn’t seem to be much more pace in Kimi’s car.
How are the tyres working here?
They seem to be quite close for us in terms of ultimate lap pace. We had quite a dilemma as to whether we should run Romain on the harder tyres in Q3 as he went very well on them in Q1. Other than that, both compounds are well suited to the demands of Silverstone and there should be a range of strategy permutations available tomorrow.
How’s the weather affecting the performance?
Like many of the crew, the E21 certainly prefers warmer temperatures. The cloud cover today can mean a reasonable temperature drop, so we’re certainly hoping for clearer skies and a warmer track tomorrow.
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Silverstone – 29/06/2013
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the British Grand Prix with a stunning lap at Silverstone this afternoon.
Lewis achieved the team’s fifth pole position in six races and the 28th pole of his career today
Nico’s second place secured the team’s third front-row lockout in the past four races
Both drivers used three sets of option tyres in qualifying, saving new hard tyres for tomorrow’s race
Drivers No. Chassis No. Qualifying 1 Qualifying 2 Qualifying 3
- Lewis Hamilton 10 F1 W04 / 04 1:30.995 P1 1:31.224 P6 1:29.607 P1
- Nico Rosberg 9 F1 W04 / 03 1:31.355 P2 1:31.028 P3 1:30.059 P2
- Weather Dry
- Temperatures Air: 18-19 °C Track: 27-30 °C
It feels incredible to be on pole, just like it did back in 2007. We have the greatest Formula One fans in the world here in Britain and there was a great turnout today, which makes the atmosphere so special. My lap in Q3 was a lap for the fans out there around the circuit. I haven’t been feeling comfortable in the car all weekend, so I was really happy to find a good lap and this feels fantastic. The team has done a phenomenal job and it’s a great reward for the guys here at the track but also back at base, especially as our two factories are so close to the track. But we know that tomorrow is another day and our Sunday performance isn’t quite as strong right now. Our long run pace looked ok yesterday and we were able to manage the tyres quite well. It’s going to be tough to keep Seb behind but we will give it everything we’ve got.
A fantastic team result today and it’s great to see how much progress we have made together since last year. The feeling of confidence that our car will be quick in qualifying is fantastic and I love going to a race knowing that we have a shot of a strong grid position. The team are doing a great job and we are keeping up the development so a big thank you to everyone at the factories, many of whom are here today watching. My lap was good and starting from the front row is great but Lewis did a fantastic job today. I hope we have improved our race pace; it will be all about tyre management tomorrow and keeping the others behind us. I’m confident that we can get a good result.
The team has worked incredibly well over the past few months to achieve a result like today’s. We have been chipping away at the performance, quietly bringing new updates and continuing to push, while also focusing our efforts on how we could improve our tyre management issues, and it seems to be paying off. The engineers and drivers got the cars into the perfect place for qualifying and, as the wind dropped towards the end of the session, both Lewis and Nico were able to deliver strong performances. Lewis put in a stunning lap at the end of the session and it’s great to see him and Nico pushing each other so hard in every session. It will be more of a challenge to remain as competitive in the race but we gathered good information yesterday and hope to be able to build on that tomorrow.
A fantastic result for the entire team to take our third front row lockout this year. Fair, sporting competition is what Mercedes stands for and, while a lot has been said and written this weekend, the only thing that really matters is what happens out on track. The focus this afternoon should be on our drivers, Lewis and Nico, and on this fantastic team who have pushed so hard to keep developing the car in tough times and solve our problems. Lewis put in a mega lap: I don’t know if it’s the Silverstone factor or something else, but that was an incredible performance. Nico has been strong all weekend and second position gives us a great platform for the race tomorrow. Tomorrow should be warmer and we have struggled with race pace at some circuits so far this year. But the trend is going in the right direction, and I hope we can continue that tomorrow.
Sauber F1 Team
- Santander British Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 29.06.2013
- Weather: partly cloudy 16-18°C air, 19-30°C track
Qualifying for the British Grand Prix was disappointing for Sauber F1 Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez: While Hülkenberg qualified 15th, Gutiérrez ended up in 18th. The team will need a good strategy in order to be able to finish higher up the field.
- Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
- Qualifying: 15th in Q2 (1:32.211 / medium tyres)
- 3rd practice: 14th (1:33.225 min / medium tyres / 16 laps)
“Unfortunately P15 is reality. It was more or less the best we could do today. The car was difficult to drive, especially at high speed with a little bit of wind the car is very sensitive. We are simply not quick enough. Of course, a lot can happen during the race tomorrow, and maybe a bit of English rain would help us. But I think points will be difficult, then again you should never say never.”
- Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
- Qualifying: 18th in Q1 (1:32.666 min / medium tyres)
- 3rd practice: 17th (1:33.370 min / medium tyres / 19 laps)
“Compared to the practice sessions yesterday, I think we made a step forward, but it’s tricky because we find ourselves in a position where everything is on the limit. What ever we do there is always a compromise to it, which is challenging. It seems I am loosing a lot of time at the exit of the corners, and this is tricky, because that is usually when I try to push and get things right. I believe I did my best with overall good and consistent laps. But it is just not quick enough. This is something we have to evaluate and see what we can do to be better in order to progress.”
Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We can’t be happy with a result like that. Nico did a good job, while Esteban was struggling. Of course, this is not the position you want to be in looking ahead to the race tomorrow. It won’t be an easy race for us.”
Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“We struggled with the car’s balance in FP3, but were able to improve it for qualifying. P15 and P18 on the grid is clearly not where we want to be and will make the race difficult tomorrow. The current forecast is dry, so we will work hard tonight on the strategy in order to maximise our chances.”
Sahara Force India F1 Team
2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, Qualifying Report
Sahara Force India delivered a strong showing at its local track as Paul Di Resta qualified in fifth place for the British Grand Prix with Adrian Sutil in seventh.
P5 Paul Di Resta VJM06-04
- Q1: 1:32.062
- Q2: 1:31.291
- Q3: 1:30.736
Paul: “I’m over the moon with the qualifying result and I think the whole team can feel very satisfied with fifth on the grid. The morning practice session was quite difficult so it feels great to come through and end up just behind two Mercedes and two Red Bulls. This track takes a lot of commitment and you need to build up your speed, but I think we saved our best till last – and that’s when it mattered. For tomorrow our tyre wear looks healthy and we’ve given ourselves a good opportunity to get in some clean air during the race. I will sleep well tonight and hope that we can have a straightforward race, and come away with lots of points.”
P7 Adrian Sutil VJM06-03
- Q1: 1:32.002
- Q2: 1:31.079
- Q3: 1:30.908
Adrian: “Seventh place is a great result today. The car was not easy to drive this morning, but we made some improvements before qualifying and found more speed with each session. If we can do our homework tonight then we have the potential to have a great race. There are still some unknowns with the tyres over long runs because I haven’t really done more than ten laps on a set of tyres, but I feel comfortable on both compounds. So we can be happy with the result, but we need to concentrate on tomorrow because that’s what counts. In terms of strategy we need to keep an open mind and have several options going into the race so that we can react as the race develops.”
Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal & Managing Director
“I am delighted with today’s qualifying result. The sun was shining, the grandstands were full, and we put on a fantastic show. Fifth place for Paul at his home Grand Prix is a tremendous effort, especially on this high-speed track, which has not been our strongest race in previous years. Adrian’s seventh place confirms just how competitive we are this weekend and we know that we have good race pace. For tomorrow it’s important that we maximise these starting positions and hopefully give our supporters and partners something to celebrate at our local race.”
British GP Qualifying
• Pastor Maldonado qualified 16th with Valtteri Bottas 17th for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix.
• Pastor just out qualified his teammate during Q1 to make it through into Q2.
• Both drivers will be looking to maximise the potential of the car during tomorrow’s race, looking to commemorate our 600 races celebration with a strong finish.
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: It was a difficult session for us, after a promising FP3 we were expecting more from qualifying. In the high speed corners here we feel we are competitive but we still have work to do in the low speed sections. There is always a great crowd here at Silverstone and we are looking forward to the race tomorrow. We will be aiming to put on a good show for all our fans here supporting us at our home event.
Pastor Maldonado: We were expecting to be a bit closer to the top ten today, but we were struggling to put everything together in the car for one lap. Hopefully tomorrow we can work on our race pace and fight with the teams around us to move up a few positions. We need to keep improving as a team because we’re not where we want to be still, but race by race we are aiming to close the gap.
Valtteri Bottas: We were unlucky to miss out on Q2 today as I was very close to my teammate and we could have both made it through. There are always things you can do better during a lap but we didn’t have the pace to be in the top ten today so we need to do everything we can to get closer. We will look at our strategy going into tomorrow and try to maximise our potential for the race.
Scuderia Toro Rosso
2013 BRITISH GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 29/06/2013
Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-04)
- Third Practice Session
- Best lap: 1:32.440, pos. 6th, 19 laps
- Best lap: (Q1) 1:32.097, (Q2) 1:31.182, (Q3) 1:30.757, pos. 6th
“Coming off the back of a bad couple of races, I expected to be strong here and I was more motivated than ever. However, if I’d been told I could be sixth this afternoon, I would have been surprised. We were very close to Di Resta in fifth, but we can be happy with this position. We showed good pace all weekend, including this morning when I was sixth, so it was nice to confirm that this afternoon. Now I am looking forward to the race when I hope I can come away with a good handful of points. I’d like to think I could finish at least in the same place I am starting from. It would be nice to do even better and I will be pushing hard to achieve that. I believe it will be a few degrees warmer tomorrow, which could make the track conditions change quite a lot. This is a very demanding circuit with lots of high speed corners, so the tyres don’t get much of a rest, therefore tyre wear will be an important factor tomorrow.”
Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8-03)
- Third Practice Session
- Best lap: 1:32.580, pos. 11th, 15 laps
- Best lap: (Q1) 1:32.105, (Q2) 1:31.785, pos. 13th
“I made a mistake on my quick lap in Q2 and that’s the plain fact and I’m very upset about it, as it lost me the chance to get into Q3 which was definitely possible. As to what happened when I got it wrong, I am not exactly sure what was the reason: maybe I was too close to Vettel in front of me, but I felt I lost downforce and then just went straight on. Anyway, I am not looking for excuses. The car was working well, as it has done all weekend, so now I must make up for it in the race tomorrow. Looking at Daniel’s performance this afternoon, it’s a good sign as it shows the car is quick and we will have something to work with tomorrow afternoon. I think it’s still feasible to have a good race tomorrow and to bring home points.
James Key: “It’s good to have got through to Q3 with one car here. We’ve been reasonably on the pace right from the start of the weekend, even if neither driver has been completely happy with the balance of the car. However that did not stop them from setting what we consider a competitive lap time. We were not sure what to expect at Silverstone, as it’s such a different track to the last three venues, especially to Monaco and Montreal. We did a lot of work to ensure we had the car in its sweet-spot for here and that paid off. Daniel did a fantastic job to get to Q3 and then to P6 completely on merit, while it was a great shame for Jev, who had matched Daniel’s pace all weekend but just did not get the maximum out of his Q2 lap. Overall, it shows that the steps forward we are making on the performance front are working consistently and a two car points finish is a realistic target tomorrow.”
British Grand Prix FP3 & Qualifying
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FP3: Overcast, dry, windy; min / max track temp 19° – 24°, air temp 16° – 17°
Q1: Sunny: min / max track temp 30°, air temp 19°
Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PIC 1.34.971, 19th / VDG 1.37.443, 22nd
Q1: PIC 1.33.866, 19th / VDG 1.35.481, 21st
FP3: PIC 18 / VDG 19
Q1: PIC 6 / VDG 3
Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06
1005 – 1015: Run 1, 7 laps (hard tyres)
1028 – 1041: Run 2, 6 laps (hard tyres)
1053 – 1133: Run 3, 5 laps (medium tyres)
1304 – 1314: Run 1, 3 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1317 – 1323: Run 2, 3 laps (medium tyres)
Giedo van der Garde, car #21, chassis CT03-04
1006 – 1017: Run 1, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake blanking
1029 – 1044: Run 2, 8 laps (hard tyres)
1052 – 1101: Run 3, 4 laps (medium tyres)
1317 – 1322: Run 1, 3 laps (medium tyres)
Charles Pic: “The final lap in quali is one of my best laps of the year so far so I’m very pleased with how today’s gone. We made some good progress in FP3 with the balance and that carried over to qualifying, and breaking into the 1.33s and finishing ahead of the Marussias was about as much as we aimed for today, so it’s gone to plan.
“It changes from race to race but it does look like we have a small advantage over our nearest rivals this weekend, but having seen good race pace all year I’d like to think we’ll be fighting with a couple of cars ahead as well in the race tomorrow. We’ve been close to the Williams cars this year in a few races so with a good start, decent deg levels and no reliability issues tomorrow could be a good day.”
Giedo van der Garde: “It’s been an interesting day as we ran a different plan to the normal FP3 and then did just the one run in quali. It’s finally dry so we used some of FP3 for aero evaluation and then switched to race prep, bearing in mind the penalty from the last race which meant we knew pretty much where we’d end up in quali. We worked a lot on managing the tyre degradation, not really looking at quali at all but we still ended up beating one of the Marussia cars in quali which was a bonus, but really today’s all been about getting ready for Sunday. I think we’re in pretty good shape now and after the work we did today the degradation levels look manageable, even with the warmer track conditions we had today and which it looks like we’ll have tomorrow, and we have a good setup for the race so let’s see what happens.”
Marussia F1 Team
READY TO RACE
- 2013 Formula 1™ Santander British Grand Prix – Qualifying
- Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, U
- BIANCHI MR02-02 P20 1:34.108 8 laps
- CHILTON MR02-03 P22 1: 35.858 10 laps
The Marussia F1 Team are ready to tackle their home Grand Prix on Sunday, following this afternoon’s qualifying session at Silverstone.
It was a difficult Q1 for Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton, who finished in P20 and P22 respectively, having struggled with the balance of their cars in today’s drier and warmer conditions.
Jules Bianchi #22
“It’s good to have one Caterham behind us but less good to have one ahead. In the short space of time that we have had to work on our dry set-up, I don’t think we are quite there yet, so we’ll be spending the time we have now to see what we can do to give us the best chance for tomorrow.”
Max Chilton #23
“Today was a challenging day. We had some work to do this morning trying to get the balance right and it felt like we had made a good step forward, but so did everyone else. We still have quite a bit of work to do but our race pace yesterday looked more promising, so that’s what we’ll focus on now. We’ll do what we can to have a better race tomorrow.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“Following on from yesterday we had two differing car balances to contend with and Jules was slightly happier with his car than Max. We made some changes to Max’s car in order to equal up the set-ups, however this morning both cars appeared to be suffering with balance issues. During and after FP3, the engineers and crews worked hard to make significant changes to the cars to gradually improve the balance, however at the end of our qualifying session we still have two cars for which the balance is less than perfect. Overall we are slightly disappointed with the result and need to understand how we can improve our pace in qualifying. For tomorrow it looks like we will have a better race set-up and I am sure that with the top speed we have and the improvements we have made to our race pace, we can have a better day. It looks like the race will be dry and temperatures up from today and these conditions should suit us better.”
2013 British Grand Prix – Qualifying
HAMILTON SETS FASTEST EVER LAP OF NEW SILVERSTONE ON P ZERO WHITE
Local hero Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position at his home grand prix with a time of 1m29.607s: the fastest Formula One lap ever seen at the new Silverstone, which was remodelled in 2010. The Mercedes driver set his 28th pole position – bringing him to just one pole off Fangio’s total of 29 – on the Pirelli P Zero White medium tyres, nominated together with the P Zero Orange hard tyres this weekend.
Following a wet practice session yesterday morning and drying weather in the afternoon, today’s action was dry from start to finish, with 20 degrees centigrade ambient temperature and 32 degrees centigrade of track temperatures. Similar conditions are expected for the race tomorrow.
The majority of the top runners used the hard compound to get through Q1, with the exception of the Mercedes drivers, who opted for the medium tyres to set the two fastest times in the session with Hamilton leading his team mate Nico Rosberg. All the drivers used the medium tyre in Q2, with the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finishing in one-two formation.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean were the only drivers to start the final top 10 Q3 shoot out on hard tyres, but they both set their fastest times with the medium compound. All the drivers completed two runs in Q3, with plenty of action from start to finish.
The final free practice session this morning was briefly interrupted after the left-rear tyre on Sergio Perez’s McLaren deflated a quarter of an hour into the session. This was caused by a cut in the sidewall in the direction of rotation, and is entirely unrelated to the new bonding process that his been introduced for this race. Rosberg was quickest in FP3 on the medium tyre with a time of 1m31.487s.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “The wet conditions yesterday morning meant that the teams had to work hard in the morning to make up for time lost gathering data on the slick tyres. All of them managed to find plenty of pertinent information: vital not only for qualifying today but the race tomorrow as well, which we expect to be dry. During the final free practice session this morning we saw a deflation on the rear left tyre of Sergio Perez. First findings show that this was unequivocally caused by a cut in the inner sidewall: something went into the tyre, pierced it, and then came out again, in the direction of travel. Whether that was a piece of debris or the edge of a kerb is hard to say at the moment and it is important to point out that this incident was unrelated to any of the delamination issues we have had in the past. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for sealing a great pole position with a stunning lap at his home grand prix. Yesterday’s rain meant the fans didn’t get a chance to see much on-track activity but today was action from start to finish. We’re looking forward to an exciting grand prix tomorrow with between two and three pit stops per car if conditions stay largely the same.”
The Pirelli mystery strategy predictor:
The quickest strategy for tomorrow’s race seems to be a two-stopper: assuming, of course, that conditions remain dry. Start on the medium tyre, change to the medium on lap 17, and then to the hard tyre on lap 35.
If the ambient and track temperatures rise (which increases wear and degradation) a three-stop strategy might just be quicker. Start on the medium and then change to the medium again on lap 15. Change to the hard on lap 28 and a final stop for the hard on lap 41.
Fastest compounds in FP3:
Top 10 tyre use:
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