German Grand Prix Formula One qualifying report
Formula One teams German Grand Prix qualifying results (coming soon)
|12||Di Resta||Force India||1:30.697|
|21||Van der Garde||Caterham||1:33.734|
Red Bull Racing
GERMAN GP – QUALIFYING
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 2nd, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:29.517)
“Congratulations to Lewis on pole. It was very tight today, I tried everything. The car felt fine; I was struggling a little bit this afternoon in the first sector, I was losing time there and then trying to catch up. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough, but it looks like we are a bit closer to the Mercedes here than we were in Silverstone, so I think we made some progress and can have confidence for tomorrow. We had a good run yesterday looking at the race, so I think we have done our homework. We have put the car on the first row; it wasn’t quite enough for pole position, but we should have a good race from there tomorrow.”
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 3rd, (3rd Practice – P3, 1:30.211)
“I was actually happy with third position today, as it was very sensitive out there. We lost a little bit in the first sector and struggled to find the rhythm that we had had there in P3, but we know there was a shift in track temp and it pulled everyone together a bit, at least for the short runs. With the long runs, we’re happy with the car, so we’re in a good position to put pressure on for the race victory tomorrow.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “To start second and third on the grid for the German GP is obviously a very strong team performance. It was very tight for the pole position and in the end Lewis managed to produce a lap one tenth quicker than we could manage, but nonetheless it was a solid team effort today and Sebastian did his best in front of his home crowd with Mark just behind in third. Tomorrow’s race will be very interesting with some different strategies going on and our focus will be to try and capitalise on our grid positions”
(Renault) THIERRY SALVI: “We’ve improved the car solidly over the weekend, working on balance and engine response out of the slower corners, while looking at the top speed for the four straights. It’s gone according to plan and we feel like we’ve got a very good handle on all areas of engine performance round the Nürburgring. With that in mind, we thought we could edge out the Mercedes for pole, but second and third still puts us in a good position for the race so motivation and confidence remains high.”
German Grand Prix
Nürburgring, 6th July 2013
ALONSO – Chassis 299 MASSA – Chassis 298
Q1 P3 1:30.709 New Soft – 3 laps P1 1:30.547 New Soft – 5 laps
Q2 P3 1:29.962
Used Soft – 3 laps
New Soft – 3 laps
Used Soft – 3 laps
New Soft – 3 laps
Q3 P8 1:31.209
Used Soft – 2 laps
New Medium – 3 laps
Used Soft – 2 laps
New Medium – 3 laps
Weather: air 23/24 °C, track 40°C. Sunny
Fernando Alonso: “The strategy we used today was dictated by looking at our average qualifying performance, given that pole is not yet within our grasp and the two scenarios were either starting fifth or sixth on the Soft tyres or start sixth or seventh on the Mediums. We won’t know the true worth of our choice until tomorrow. Maybe here it’s not too important to start from the front because the Soft tyre shows very high degradation and so, from lap 8 onwards the run of pit stops will begin and traffic will build up. At that point we will have to push like if they were all qualifying laps. All weekend we have been off the pace by an average of six tenths, but compared to Silverstone we can say we are back to normal, capable of fighting in the lead group. Of course, we still need to improve a lot, but in the race we think we can be in the hunt, without forgetting that, regardless of the tyres and the starting positions, it’s the fastest who wins”.
Felipe Massa: “In terms of performance, it was a good qualifying, even if we opted for a completely different strategy to the teams who are ahead of us on the grid. The car worked very well and with the Soft tyres, we were very competitive, more so than at Silverstone, where we suffered on both compounds, but even so, we could not have ended up any higher than fourth or fifth. When I saw I was first at the end of Q1 and Q2, I felt like I wanted to fight all the way to the finish, but based on the simulation we carried out during free practice, we felt our choice was the right direction to go in. It’s hard to think we will be able to make up places immediately starting on the Medium tyres, but yesterday we saw that the Softs degrade after just a few laps and this could work out to our advantage. If the car handles well and we manage to have a good race, we could get a really fantastic result”.
Pat Fry: “The comparison carried out yesterday between the Soft and Medium compounds opened the door to various possibilities, both for qualifying and the race and today’s result is fully in line with what we had expected. The decision to tackle qualifying thinking only about our race strategy was actually dictated by the difference we saw in terms of degradation for the two types of tyre. Overall, our car performance was good, even if it was affected by many factors, including the higher temperatures we saw today. Even though Felipe and Fernando were front runners in Q1 and Q2, we stuck to the choice we made at the start. We didn’t feel it was a realistic target to fight for the front rows and we preferred to stick with our pace, trying a different strategy. Clearly, as always, tomorrow everything will depend on how competitive are the two F138s and how good is their pace. From one point of view, we feel that the high degradation of the Soft compound will force our rivals who are ahead of us, to make an early first stop and that traffic might then limit their pace, while we will be going for a longer first stint which should allow us to make up ground”.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
2013 GERMAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING
Nurburgring, Saturday July 6
“The best lap I’ve done in a very long time”
- 11th 1m31.326s (+1.809s) 22 laps
- Q1 7th 1m31.181s (on Options)
- Q2 10th 1m30.269s (on Options)
- Q3 9th overall no time
“My lap in Q2 was about as good as it’s going to get for us at the moment – in fact, it was one of the best laps I’ve done in a very long time. I don’t think I left anything out there, so I’m very happy about that.
“Strategically, it was a difficult decision for Q3: do we run the Option, the Prime, or do we not run at all? My heart said we should go out and set a time, whereas my head said we probably shouldn’t!
“Our pace suggested that qualifying sixth would have made it worthwhile [to go out and set a time on the Option], and we probably could have done that – but we chose not to complete a lap, playing a cat-and-mouse game with Nico [Hulkenberg].
“Nevertheless, starting ninth is not too bad – I’ll be on the clean side of the grid, and I have the freedom to choose my tyre compound, because I didn’t set a laptime this afternoon. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the Option tyre early on in the race, but I think we’ve put ourselves in the best possible position for tomorrow.”
- 16th 1m31.855s (+2.338s) 23 laps
- Q1 14th 1m31.498s (on Options)
- Q2 13th overall 1m30.999s (on Options)
- Q3 –
“It hasn’t been the best day for us, and starting 13th wasn’t what I was hoping for.
“Jenson did a great lap, but I’ve struggled all weekend to match him – especially today, when I think we went a little bit in the wrong direction. This morning, we encountered some problems with the car; perhaps we over-compensated for that, going back on the set-up, getting understeer, and finding it quite difficult to get the tyres warmed up.
“This was a tough afternoon for me, but we can do better tomorrow. I didn’t get everything out of the car today, but it’s going to be very interesting to see how the tyres perform in the race.”
MARTIN WHITMARSH Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“In Q2, the fact that Jenson was four tenths from the front was encouraging, but we’re still not quite where we want to be. In all likelihood, Jenson could probably have qualified sixth today; but, strategically, we chose to do what we thought was best for the race.
“I think we did the right thing by running Jenson into Q3: we were so close to the pack during Q2 that we considered pushing to make up a few further places. Ultimately, however, we chose a more prudent approach.
Nonetheless, starting Jenson from ninth is not a bad place to be, particularly as, we suspect, the Option-runners ahead of us will have to stop quite early in the race.
“We had a few issues on Sergio’s car this morning and I don’t think we got it back to its best. He simply wasn’t as comfortable as Jenson out there. I’m sure he’ll be disappointed by the outcome of qualifying, but he’s an exciting racer and will be charging hard in the race.
“We will try to hopefully get both cars into some reasonable points tomorrow.”
Lotus F1 Team
Out of the Shadows – 2013 German Grand Prix, Saturday
Kimi Räikkönen qualified fourth with Romain Grosjean fifth after a hotly contested qualifying session for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix.
Today’s placings make for the team’s second best qualifying performance this season, after qualifying second and sixth for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Kimi Räikkönen, E21-03. Q: P4, 1:30.676. FP3: P6, 1:30.671
“We probably should have been P3 today, but P4 is still a pretty good place to be for the race”
“My car was okay today, but in my Q3 lap on the new tyres I struggled to get the fronts up to temperature which meant I lost quite a bit of time in the first sector; probably because there was traffic on my out lap meaning I couldn’t push as much as I wanted. For sure it didn’t help and we probably should have been P3 today, but P4 is still a pretty good place to be for the race.”
Romain Grosjean, E21-02. Q: P5, 1:31.242. FP3: P8, 1:30.781
“We’re happy to be back at the front after paying a few unwanted visits to the lower positions recently”
“P5 is a pretty good result, but to be honest I’m a little disappointed with my fastest lap as there were definitely a few tenths lost in the first sector. We struggled a little getting the front tyres working this morning but the car felt really good during qualifying and we improved with every lap. It was a strong performance for the team with Kimi P4 as well, so we’re happy to be back at the front after paying a few unwanted visits to the lower positions recently.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
“We can look forward to having a strong race”
How was qualifying for the team?
We’re reasonably happy with today’s performance. Of course, you always want more and we could have got a little more from both cars in the final qualifying session as neither driver posted a good first sector. That said, with P4 and P5 on the grid, we’re happy.
How’s it looking for the race?
We know that our race simulations yesterday looked good and the forecast is for high temperatures tomorrow, so I think we can look forward to having a strong race.
How are the tyres working here?
The new rear construction with the Kevlar belt doesn’t appear to be hurting our performance and we’re as competitive as we thought we’d be here so we’ve no worries on that front.
Any particular strategy considerations for the race?
The medium compound looks to be the favoured one for the race as the soft has a reasonably high performance degradation; such that we have seen Ferrari opt to start on the medium compound as their approach to managing it. It will be interesting to see how that approach works; from our side, we’re pretty happy with starting on the soft.
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Nürburgring – 06/07/2013
Lewis Hamilton took his second consecutive pole position this afternoon at the Nürburgring and his third of the 2013 season.
It is the first Mercedes-Benz pole position at the German Grand Prix since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 at the Nordschleife
This was Lewis’ 29th career pole position, which brings him level with Juan Manuel Fangio on the all-time list
Lewis used one set of prime tyres and three sets of options in qualifying; he will start on the option tyre tomorrow
Nico qualified in P11 after the team misjudged the track improvement during Q2 and did not complete a second run
Nico used one set of prime tyres and one set of options; he has a free tyre choice for tomorrow’s first stint
Lewis’ pole position was the team’s sixth in the past seven races of the 2013 season
Drivers No. Chassis No. Qualifying 1 Qualifying 2 Qualifying 3
- Lewis Hamilton 10 F1 W04 / 04 1:31.131 P5 1:30.152 P6 1:29.398 P1
- Nico Rosberg 9 F1 W04 / 03 1:31.322 P11 1:30.326 P11 –
- Weather Warm
- Temperatures Air: 23-25 °C Track: 35-43 °C
I’m very proud to put the car on pole for Mercedes-Benz today. I have been with Mercedes for a long time and it’s a great result for us to achieve pole here in Germany. I’m a little bit overwhelmed, to be honest, because I have been struggling since first practice this weekend. We were so far off this morning that we took the set-up back to where we started, tried to analyse everything and just worked really hard to improve it. I’m so grateful for the work the engineers and mechanics did for me, and it’s all down to them really. But we don’t get any points for today and the real hard work comes tomorrow. It’s a shame what happened to Nico this afternoon, we got caught out there but hopefully he can still have a strong race.
I was really shocked when I saw the times falling in Q2 today and realised that I was in P11. I didn’t see it coming and we just underestimated how much the track would ramp up in terms of grip and lap time. I could have been on the front row today and that’s why I’m so disappointed. It’s been a tough day but sometimes that’s how racing is. I will be doing my best to climb up through the field tomorrow but it won’t be easy.
It’s a little bit of an understatement to say that we have mixed emotions after qualifying. Lewis put in a superb lap to take pole position. He hasn’t been comfortable with the car since his first run yesterday but I could sense a quiet determination as he went into the session and he absolutely delivered. With Nico, we misjudged how quickly the track was improving and got caught out: he clearly had the pace to qualify at the front today but found himself on the wrong side of the top ten by half a tenth. Ultimately, the final decision on the pit wall rests with me and it’s clear we could have done a better job today. For tomorrow, the only silver lining for Nico is that he has a free tyre choice for the first stint, although unusually there is a real mixture of tyre choices within the top ten as well. Looking at Lewis, we go into the race with some question marks, as we haven’t done any representative running with the set-up we now have on the car. Hopefully, he will find the balance he needs and we will be able to give Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus a run for their money.
The team is on an upward slope at the moment and we saw that with Lewis taking his second pole position in a row. But I’m super sorry for Nico. We got things wrong in Q2 and not only did he have the pace to fight for pole today but he has also been instrumental in getting the car right since yesterday. We win as a team and we take our setbacks as a team too. Decisions have to be taken and we made the wrong one this time. But tomorrow is another day and hopefully Nico can have a strong race from P11. As for Lewis, everything is open for him. He put in great qualifying laps today after some tough practice sessions. We know that it will be a hard race in the hot conditions, so let’s see what we can achieve.
Sauber F1 Team
- Santander German Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 06.07.2013
- Weather: sunny and dry 22-25°C air, 29-43°C track
Qualifying for the German Grand Prix showed improvement for the Sauber F1 Team. Nico Hülkenberg was able to make it into Q3 and secured P10, while Esteban Gutiérrez came 14th. Hülkenberg opted not to do a timed lap in Q3 in order to save tyres and be free to choose his strategy for the start of the race tomorrow. The aim tomorrow is to get points.
- Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
- Qualifying: 10th in Q3 (no time / soft tyres)
- 3rd practice: 9th (1:30.966 min / soft tyres / 20 laps)
“To reach Q3 today has been a success for us. I am confident we can achieve a good result tomorrow. Compared to yesterday afternoon, we were able to improve the set-up for free practice this morning. I think we have a package now that allows us to fight for points. The long runs yesterday looked promising and, combined with the strategy which I can choose for the start of the race tomorrow, I am confident we can achieve a good result. I didn’t set a time in Q3, so I am free to choose my tryes for the start of the race tomorrow. I am convinced that will be an advantage. The team told me that P6 was possible today, but today it’s Saturday and the race is what counts, as you only get points tomorrow. The soft tyres are quite challenging to handle here, especially with a full tank. We will start in the top ten tomorrow and our goal is to stay in the points.”
- Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
- Qualifying: 14th in Q2 (1:31.405 min / soft tyres)
- 3rd practice: 12th (1:31.405 min / soft tyres / 20 laps)
“Today is a step forward for us. We worked with a lot of different set-ups yesterday and were able to make the right conclusions from the data we gathered. I was able to attack and get a lot out of the car in qualifying. However, I still have to improve. Nico did a fantastic lap and it’s challenging, but I will keep working to improve my performance level, especially in qualifying. P14 is, along with Malaysia, the highest place I have achieved so far. For tomorrow we have to put a good strategy together in order to improve from there.”
Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We are happy with the result today. You can clearly see the car has improved. We could have achieved even more, but we decided to fully focus on the race tomorrow, also because our long runs yesterday looked promising.”
Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“Both drivers were happy with the overnight changes we made to the car, and we felt more competitive going into qualifying. Our aim coming here was to qualify better than in recent GP‘s, making it easier to score points, and we have achieved that today. The forecast is for continued high temperatures tomorrow, so we will factor that into our strategy. Our long-run pace was strong in FP2, and we aim to score points with the strategy we have chosen for tomorrow.”
Sahara Force India F1 Team
2013 Santander German Grand Prix, Qualifying Report
Sahara Force India’s Paul Di Resta will line up in P12 for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix ahead of teammate Adrian Sutil in P15.
P12 Paul Di Resta VJM06-04
- Q1: 1:31.322
- Q2: 1:30.697
Paul: “It’s been quite a difficult couple of days trying to get the car in the right operating window and I’ve never felt totally comfortable. All the changes we’ve made have been a compromise and I’ve really struggled with the balance. Ahead of qualifying we completely changed the set-up to try to improve things and it certainly helped. For tomorrow we just have to hope that we can repeat the race pace we’ve shown earlier in the season because that has been one of our strengths.”
P15 Adrian Sutil VJM06-03
- Q1: 1:31.320
- Q2: 1:31.010
Adrian: “P15 for my home race is a bit disappointing. I had a technical issue with my DRS during Q2 and it was not working, which cost me about half a second per lap. That’s why P15 was all that was possible today. Otherwise I think I would have been very close to making Q3. We can fix the issue for tomorrow so we will be ready for the race. Apart from that our absolute pace has not been at our usual level and we’ve struggled to deliver the performance we showed at Silverstone. Tomorrow is a new day; we will push on and I believe points are still possible. ”
Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal
“It’s difficult to determine if the change in tyre construction has hampered the team’s performance, but for whatever reason we’ve not found the sweet spot this weekend and that is reflected in our qualifying performance this afternoon. The changes made to Paul’s car ahead of qualifying were a step in the right direction and P12 was a good effort all things considered. Adrian has been happier with the balance, but was heavily compromised by a DRS issue, which made it impossible to reach Q3 today. It means we are further back on the grid than we’d like to be, but we remain optimistic that we can fight for points with both cars tomorrow.”
German GP Qualifying
• Valtteri Bottas qualified 17th with Pastor Maldonado 18th for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix, the team’s 600th race.
• Valtteri just missed out on Q2 by 0.012 seconds, with Pastor just behind after a very close first qualifying session.
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: We had a difficult start to the day after a KERS failure on Pastor’s car this morning, which is still being investigated, but the team did a great job to be ready in time for FP3. In FP3 we could see we had more speed but we were lacking grip. We made some changes ahead of qualifying, but unfortunately didn’t make the progress we wanted to. Pastor then had a water pump leak in Q1 which meant he could do only one timed lap. Both drivers also struggled to get the necessary temperature into their tyres. We now need to look to tomorrow’s race to see what we can do.
Valtteri Bottas: We got the most out of the car this afternoon. Things were very close between me and Pastor, but we don’t have the pace at the moment to progress any further. The track temperatures are higher and it’s a bit windier today which meant that every tenth or hundredth counted, resulting in a very close session. We need to keep pushing and do what we can in the race tomorrow.
Pastor Maldonado: We were expecting something a bit better today, but the car is very tricky to drive on a track like this. We need to keep working hard to solve the problems we have identified with the car and move further up the grid. It’s going to be a tough race tomorrow as the slow corners do not suit our car, but we’ll do everything we can to score some points.
Scuderia Toro Rosso
2013 GERMAN GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 06/07/2013
Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-01)
- Third Practice Session
- Best lap: 1:31.898, pos. 16th, 19 laps
- Best lap: (Q1) 1:31.081, (Q2) 1:30.223, (Q3) 1:30.528, pos. 6th
“I’m really delighted with the way qualifying went and it’s very encouraging to be sixth fastest for the second race in a row, which means we are seeing signs of progress and consistency. However, it was not as straightforward here as in Silverstone last week and we definitely had to pull something out of the bag to do the time and get into Q3. We exceeded our expectations today, as in FP3 we did not look so strong. I was particularly pleased with my Q2 lap. I think we did the best we could today and now we look ahead to the race. Last weekend I felt there was a better result than eighth waiting for me and I would like to go for better than seventh, which is my best finish so far. If there’s a chance of a podium, let’s go for it! Nothing’s impossible. The tyre strategy is going to be very interesting with some of the top ten on the grid starting on Primes.”
Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8-03)
- Third Practice Session
- Best lap: 1:31.855, pos. 14th, 18 laps
- Best lap: (Q1) 1:31.629, (Q2) 1:31.104, pos. 16th
“We just weren’t quick enough this afternoon. All weekend my car has been very difficult to drive and that situation hasn’t improved since Friday and I have never really managed to put together a good lap. In qualifying, I didn’t make any mistakes and I was hoping for much better. Even if we cannot work on the cars before the race, we need to understand exactly what caused this drop in performance. Maybe it is linked to the tyres, their temperature or pressure, but I’m not sure. We will see what we can do tomorrow, where I hope to be more competitive and be able to push harder.”
Laurent Mekies (Head of Vehicle Performance): “Daniel qualified in the same position as he did in Silverstone, but today it was more unexpected. It did not look that promising yesterday and we changed a lot of things on both cars and tried different directions on the two cars, in terms of our approach to qualifying, to try and pick up our performance level. Clearly, we had more success with Daniel than with Jev, even allowing for some of the different tyre strategies we saw in Q3, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out tomorrow. The bottom line is that we did pick up pace today and even if there is a big gap on the grid between our two cars, we expect them to have similar race pace. We will be trying our best on the strategy side to bring Jev up the order tomorrow. As for Daniel, he nailed his lap in Q1 and Q2 and then produced another good lap in Q3 and he was definitely punching above his weight this afternoon.”
GERMAN GRAND PRIX – FP3 & QUALIFYING
Nurburgring, Germany – 6th July 2013
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FP3: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 29°, air temp 22°
Q1: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 36° (end of Q1) – 39° (start of Q1), air temp 23°
Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PIC 1.33.230, 19th / VDG 1.33.964, 21st
Q1: PIC 1.32.937, 19th / VDG 1.33.734, 22nd
FP3: PIC 19 / VDG 21
Q1: PIC 8 / VDG 8
Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-05
1103 – 1116: Run 1, 7 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front torsion bar
1126 – 1138: Run 2, 7 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1151 – 1159: Run 3, 5 laps (soft tyres)
1403 – 1415: Run 1, 5 laps (soft tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1417 – 1423: Run 2, 3 laps (soft tyres)
Giedo van der Garde, car #21, chassis CT03-04
1104 – 1117: Run 1, 7 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: brake balance, front brake duct blanking
1124 – 1139: Run 2, 8 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1151 – 1200: Run 3, 6 laps (soft tyres)
1402 – 1412: Run 1, 5 laps (soft tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1417 – 1423: Run 2, 3 laps (soft tyres
Charles Pic: “The focus for FP3 was more work on seeing how the track was evolving and preparing for quali. Carrying on from a good day yesterday and the work we did overnight we started the session with more front grip than I’d had in either Friday session and an improved balance overall. We had to make a small adjustment for the stronger wind on track today but the car felt good for the whole session and the deg levels we saw were positive. On the performance run the balance felt good so we were feeling pretty positive about quali.
“In qualifying we went for two runs on new softs. On the first run we the quick lap was pretty good but I was called to the weighbridge at the end of that run and we had an issue with the starter motor. The pitcrew had to push me back to the garage but we’d decided to go for a one lap second run anyway so we just had time to get the car back, fire it up and get back on track.
“On the final lap my pace was good but we were held up with traffic in the second sector which maybe cost us a couple of tenths, but we still finished ahead of our nearest rivals in 19th and that was the target. I do want to say thanks to the pitcrew for doing a great job to get me back to the garage and out for the final lap – a few of them have been running the tracks this year and that work paid off!”
Giedo van der Garde: “Friday had gone ok and having been through all the data from yesterday we made a few changes overnight for FP3. In the morning session we were doing some work for quali and the race and the session went ok but we were still having issues getting the front tyres up to temperature fast enough. On the first run I still had some of the understeer that had been the main balance issue yesterday, but it was now only really in the high speed section in S3, so we made a couple more mechanical changes for the next run and the balance improved. We went onto the softs for the performance run but I was still having problems with tyre temps so I didn’t really have a chance to get the maximum out of them on the first lap on the softs, but despite that it still felt like we’d made some progress from Friday.
“When quali started we went out pretty early and on the first run I had two clear laps to post a time. The first run was ok and the tyres were coming in better than they had in FP3 so we went for one quick lap on the second run. We went out with a couple of minutes left in the session but the tyres weren’t working for most of the first half of the lap and, even though the second half was much better, I’d still lost enough time in S1 that I couldn’t really get any more out of it.
“However, I think we have a decent car for tomorrow and our long run pace has been pretty good, so we’ll aim for a clean start and see how it unfolds on Sunday.”
Marussia F1 Team
- Formula 1™ Grosser Preis Santander von Deutschland 2013 – Qualifying
- Nürburgring, Germany
- BIANCHI MR02-02 Q1 P20 1:33.063 9 laps
- CHILTON MR02-03 Q1 P22 1:34.098 9 laps
The Marussia F1 Team’s Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton qualified in 20th and 22nd positions at the Nürburgring today, ahead of tomorrow’s 60 lap race.
Jules returned to the cockpit this morning for FP3 after completing just 10 laps in total yesterday due to a mild stomach upset. He was feeling much better after a night’s rest and well enough to contend with a very busy final practice session, making up for lost running and also sampling the new Pirelli P-Zero Soft tyre for the first time. He did well therefore to pop his MR02 into P19 in the dying seconds of Q1, before being pipped by Charles Pic by just a tenth.
Max felt that he was unable to get the most from the car today but he is confident that there is more to come in the race.
Jules Bianchi #22
“This morning I was feeling much better than yesterday, but not quite 100%, so I think another night’s rest will help again. It was good to get back in the car this morning and start the process of getting up to speed, which I think has gone quite well. It took some time to balance the car to our liking but we’re in a good place for tomorrow and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in terms of race pace. The key will be to get ahead of Charles as soon as possible – and keep it that way.”
Max Chilton #23
“I was obviously hoping for more today as Van Der Garde has been within reach all weekend. I seemed to struggle a little more in qualifying and for some reason we did not get the best from the car, which is encouraging to some extent because it means we can depend on our stronger race pace. We’ll have a good look at the data this evening and do everything we can to ensure a good fight with the Caterhams tomorrow.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“We were all pleased to see Jules looking fit and well this morning and whilst he is still not 100% he made good progress through FP3 this morning. We started him on a race run in order to give him race experience on the new rear tyres we have this weekend and that did mean he had to contend with a big leap in pace to the low fuel option run at the end of FP3. His Qualifying runs were very measured and he can be very pleased with his result, as can the rest of the team, who have been analysing our performance in Silverstone closely to determine a better set-up for here. This has enabled us to catch back up to not only our direct competitors but also the rest of the field. Max’s early pace on the Medium tyre this morning was where we expected, but on the Soft option tyres he hasn’t seen the gain expected. I am sure that he will be working hard with his engineers overnight to have the best possible race tomorrow. Overall a pleasing day and we look forward to the race, which does look like it could throw up some interesting strategy and that will be our focus overnight.”
2013 German Grand Prix – Qualifying
HAMILTON DRAWS LEVEL WITH FANGIO ON PIRELLI P ZERO
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has claimed his second consecutive pole position this year – his third of the season – with a time of 1m29.398s on the Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft tyre, nominated with the P Zero White medium tyre for the German Grand Prix this weekend. He now equals Fangio with 29 pole positions, seventh on the all-time list.
Qualifying today started in warm conditions at the Nurburgring, with track temperature of 43 degrees centigrade and ambient temperatures of 25 degrees centigrade. The circuit last hosted the German Grand Prix back in 2011, Pirelli’s first season of Formula One.
All the drivers finished Q1 on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre with the exception of the two Mercedes and the two Red Bull cars, which used the medium tyre throughout the session. Ferrari driver Felipe Massa was quickest on the soft compound.
All drivers who went through to Q2 used the soft tyre in that session. The Red Bull drivers were the last to come out: completing just one run with five minutes to go to set their times. Massa was again quickest, during a session when the track evolved rapidly.
Most drivers run the final Q3 session on soft tyres, while the two Ferraris chose a different strategy by going out on medium tyres, which is the tyre they will start the race on tomorrow. McLaren’s Jenson Button and Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg did not set a lap time, so can start tomorrow’s race on whichever compound they choose.
The final free practice session this morning was a German one-two on home territory, with Sebastian Vettel leading Nico Rosberg. Both drivers set their fastest time on the soft tyre.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “There was a difference of over a second between the medium and soft compounds, which obviously had an effect on the chosen strategy for qualifying, as it will do during the race tomorrow. The soft tyre was definitely the tyre to qualify on but those who start the race on the medium tyre might be able to gain track position when the soft tyre runners come in for their first stop earlier than them. We’re expecting most people to stop twice, with the emphasis on the medium tyre during the race: and that will be at the heart of the race strategy that the teams plan tonight. Track temperatures were high today during qualifying, with comparatively little grip, which gave the drivers a delicate job to get the most out of the tyres and ensured that the timing of each qualifying lap was extremely important. Tomorrow the drivers have plenty of opportunity to make up places through a good strategy, even if they are not as far up the grid. Wear, degradation and performance are in line with our expectations and with dry weather expected again tomorrow, plus a wide variety of strategies at work, we should see a good race.”
The Pirelli mystery strategy predictor:
The quickest strategy for tomorrow’s 60-lap race is set to be a two-stopper. Start on the soft tyre, change to the medium on lap five or six, and then to the medium again on lap 32 or 33.
Alternatively, for those starting on the medium, it could go as follows: Start on the medium and then change to the medium again on lap 27. Change for a mandatory final stop for the soft tyres on lap 54.
Fastest compounds in FP3:
Top 10 tyre use:
|Button||Soft||no time set|
|Hulkenberg||Soft||no time set|
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