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Formula One teams Belgian Grand Prix qualifying report

Belgian Grand Prix Formula One qualifying report

150x80-flagworldf1Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Spa-Francorchamps.

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Formula One teams Belgian Grand Prix qualifying results

1 Hamilton Mercedes 1:42.553 152.779 mph
2 Vettel Ferrari 1:42.795 0.242
3 Bottas Mercedes 1:43.094 0.541
4 Raikkonen Ferrari 1:43.270 0.717
5 Verstappen Red Bull 1:43.380 0.827
6 Ricciardo Red Bull 1:43.863 1.310
7 Hulkenberg Renault 1:44.982 2.429
8 Perez Force India 1:45.244 2.691
9 Ocon Force India 1:45.369 2.816
10 Palmer Renault No Time
11 Alonso McLaren 1:45.090
12 Grosjean Haas 1:45.133
13 Magnussen Haas 1:45.400
14 Sainz Toro Rosso 1:45.374
15 Vandoorne McLaren 1:45.441
16 Massa Williams 1:45.823
17 Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:46.028
18 Stroll Williams 1:46.915
19 Ericsson Sauber 1:47.214
20 Wehrlein Sauber 1:47.679
01 - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

2017 Belgian Grand Prix – Saturday

Lewis to start the 200th race of his career from pole position

  • Lewis claimed his 68th career pole position – equaling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record
  • Valtteri will start tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix from P3 on the grid
  • It is Lewis’ seventh pole of the 2017 season and his Q3 time marks a new track record at Spa-Francorchamps
  • Today’s result marks the ninth pole position for the Silver Arrows in 2017
  • Both drivers completed one run on the SuperSoft compound tyres in Q1, then two UltraSoft runs in Q2 and Q3
Driver P3 Q1 Q2 Q3
Lewis Hamilton P3 P1 1:44.184 5 Laps P1 1:42.927 6 Laps P1 1:42.553 7 Laps
Valtteri Bottas P5 P5 1:44.773 6 Laps P2 1:43.249 6 Laps P3 1:43.094 7 Laps

Lewis Hamilton
I’m really happy and grateful. The past few weeks have been great and I’ve carried the positive energy from my holiday into this weekend. Until I crossed the line and got the pole I hadn’t really realised that I had matched Michael’s record. It’s crazy to think that in 1996, when I was eleven years old, I came here to watch Michael – and now I’ve equalled his record. I’m honoured to be up there with him now and starting the second half of the season this strong is an amazing feeling. I have not really had any bad laps this weekend. But it’s going to be tight tomorrow. Ferrari’s race pace looked good yesterday, so I think it will be a lot closer tomorrow. The rundown to Turn 1 is short, but pole is still the best position to start from. I will try to make it work tomorrow.

Valtteri Bottas
First of all, congratulations to Lewis for his 68 poles, that’s a mega achievement. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the pace to fight for the pole today. I’m not sure about the reasons; I’m slightly confused as to why I haven’t been able to get closer. We will need to look for a few more answers in the data. The balance in the car felt good, but I was lacking grip, so I was particularly struggling in the high-speed corners of sector two. I felt a lot more comfortable in the car with high fuel, so that’s good for tomorrow. Driving the 2017 car around Spa is mega – it’s so quick, I’ve never experienced anything like it. We are both starting in the top three, so as a team we will still try to achieve our target and that is a 1-2.

Toto Wolff
That was a mighty lap from Lewis and one worthy of equalling Michael’s pole position record. Lewis has been on top form all weekend and it was a very special moment for him to take pole position number 68. It puts him in the strongest position for tomorrow’s race – but it’s only the first step. On Valtteri’s side, it has been a trickier weekend for him. We made some changes to the car after FP3 and he made a step forward with every run in qualifying, finding more and more time. It was looking very close for the front row, then Sebastian got the tow from Kimi in the final sector that gave him the advantage. But overall, a good pair of starting positions and a good weekend so far, with our new specification engine performing well. But the hardest bit is still to come.

Andrew Shovlin
We knew it would be a tough session with Ferrari very close to us in terms of ultimate performance. So it was a question of extracting every last bit of performance from the car in order to take pole position and we managed to do that. Congratulations first of all to Lewis, it’s an incredible achievement to equal Michael’s record. Lewis has been happy with the car all weekend, feeling very comfortable and progressively building up to that amazing lap in Q3. It hasn’t been so straightforward for Valtteri, who was some way off in the cooler practice conditions this morning. But we made some changes to the car and he was finding time in himself throughout qualifying; even so, there is still a gap between the two cars, so we will go through the data to understand where that time is. Ferrari showed very impressive pace on the ultra-soft tyre during Friday’s long runs and we are expecting a close race. We have chosen a lighter wing level than them, which will help us both attacking and defending in the first and third sectors, but it will be a close battle – as we can expect for the rest of the year – and we will be fighting as hard as we can.

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01 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing

BELGIAN GP – QUALIFYING

MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 5th, 1:43.380 (Practice 3 – P4 1:45.034)

“I was really happy with my lap in Q3, it couldn’t have been better to be honest as I feel I put everything together and got the best performance out of the car possible. I think the lap felt better than P5, last year I was P2 and I think it felt just as good this year, but I’m happy with the result anyway and would say it was a perfect qualifying. I am positively surprised we are so close to Ferrari, Lewis was way ahead but in the race I think we can be closer so perhaps a good result is possible. Our strength is in sector 2 so we will work even harder there to improve a bit but in general the balance of the car was great and that allowed me to execute a very good Qualifying session. Although the car felt good today I still think we need a bit of luck to do something special tomorrow. For now it looks like it will be a dry race so let’s hope that changes overnight and I think then we can fight properly. On my fast laps I was concentrating too much but on my in lap I could see the orange crowd and smoke from all the fans, this is amazing to see. As I left the pit lane there was a guy on the fence in all orange waving me on, it’s awesome.”

DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 6th 1:43.863 (Practice 3 – P6 1:45.286)

“We were a bit off in Q1 but I knew there was more time and then in Q2 we got closer to the pace that we needed. Unfortunately in Q3, when you really start to get everything out of it, we couldn’t get much more. I felt like if I pushed more in one part of the track it killed me in another part so I didn’t really feel we had the car to complete one lap at 100%. I just felt a little bit limited with the balance. But I’m going to be optimistic and say, if that’s the case maybe that means we have got a more consistent car for the race. If we’re not getting the peak out of the tyre maybe we can sustain a relatively good pace for longer than the others, so that’s what I’m betting on.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “I think fifth and sixth were unfortunately the predictable outcome of today’s Qualifying but both drivers delivered the maximum they could. Max in particular had a very strong last run, and in locking out the third row of the grid hopefully we can capitalise on any opportunities tomorrow. It should be an interesting race and there can always be a weather element here in Spa, you never know. With a huge amount of ‘home’ support and an enormous crowd that has turned out to support Max this weekend that’s hopefully worth a few tenths too.”

 

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Luck of the Draw

Everyone likes to say there’s no such thing as luck in F1 and that outcomes are the result of deep research, intense analysis and careful strategising. As our new quiz reveals that’s a complete load of old rubbish. We present our team personnel with a set of 50 questions, the order of which shifts with each race, they choose 10 and have to answer them, no matter what. Tough, easy, personal and just plain weird, what they get is down to the luck of the draw. This race’s lucky dipper is Engineer, Car Engineering, Richard Wolverson.

  1. Who was the last person to call you on your phone?

It would have been ‘Pedals’ (Paul Monaghan). It would have been about whatever the latest issue going on in the garage was, or whether I wanted a cup of something!

  1. What’s been your best race weekend so far?

It depends on what year it was really. When we had the V8s we were winning a lot and it was all good. The V6 era has been… more challenging! But when we won in Canada in 2014 with Daniel, it was great. We had such a difficult pre-season and that win was sweet as a result. Any win in the latest era is a great feeling as it’s that hard to win. It’s like Malaysia last year. There was a real battle to win there, it was hard fought and a proper victory. All of them are good but some are sweeter than others.

  1. Are you a good or bad loser?

Bad. I don’t like losing at many things to be honest. I think to do this you have to be very competitive and not like losing. I wouldn’t say I throw a tantrum but I don’t like it. Even if one car wins but the other is a DNF, that is frustrating. It sort of ruins it, no matter what the other car has done. It’s bittersweet.

  1. What sort of house do you live in?

Probably not the most appropriate one for my lifestyle as it turns out! I live on my own in a cottage in a village and it has a bit of land, and turns out it is a lot more high maintenance than I envisaged when I bought it!  So I now have some sheep to help cut the grass. I like it though, it’s the complete opposite of when we’re on the road, where it’s manic and all cities.

  1. What’s the worst job you’ve ever done?

When I was at school, aged about 15, I worked at a crisp factory [potato chips] for the summer and we used to have to pack bags of crisps in boxes. It was disgusting; you just stank of prawn cocktail crisps forever.

  1. Have you ever seen a ghost?

No. However, there is a wood at the bottom of the land attached to my house and I never used to dare go in there, because it was just a bit scary. It was a bit Blair Witch Project. And then when I did go in for the first time there was a swing in there. Properly freaky.

  1. If you could go back in time when and where would you go?

I’d might like to go back to the 1970s, London or New York even, more to experience the lifestyle that occurred in that time, I imagine it was a fun time. Formula One in the 1970s would have been interesting too, I imagine quite raw!

  1. What was the last thing you bought?

It’s my goddaughter Martha’s birthday tomorrow and I was sitting at my desk and Rocky came over and asked ‘what are you doing!?”’ because I had some pink wellington boots covered in glitter on my screen. I was like: “They’re not for me!” Rocky just gave me that Rocky look. But honestly they’re pink Hunters for my goddaughter.

  1. What three things couldn’t you do without on a race weekend?

Caffeine! My phone – mostly because I take a couple of hundred pictures every day of the car for work. And… my running shoes. I try to do some exercise every day. Even if we’re flat out I like to do a run or cycle or go to the gym or something, just to de-stress, because it does work. It’s good to get out on the track and clear your mind every day. You do get quite stressed out and wound up. Also, because there’s so much bloody food everywhere! I have no willpower when it comes to food.

  1. Have you ever had a nickname?

Yeah, Wolverine. My surname is Wolverson but when you type it in the spellchecker changes it to Wolverine. People think I made it up but it’s spell-check. I think it’s more because I’m like Hugh Jackman, obviously.

source: redbullracing.com2017 photo album

Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

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Sahara Force India F1 Team

2017 Belgian Grand Prix: Qualifying Report

Sahara Force India delivered a strong performance in today’s qualifying session as Sergio Perez ended the day in eighth place ahead of Esteban Ocon in ninth.

P8 – SERGIO PEREZ – VJM10-02

Q1 1:45.591
Q2 1:44.894
Q3 1:45.244

Sergio: “I am a bit disappointed with my lap in Q3. I was close to Raikkonen in sector one, but when he aborted his lap in sector two I ended up being too close to him. As a result, I lost of a lot of aerodynamic load and that cost me a couple of tenths. I believe we had the pace to be ahead of the Renault today, but I still think we are in a good position for tomorrow. Spa is a place where anything can happen so it will be important to stay out of trouble and take the opportunities that come our way. The first lap can be really messy: not just in turn one but also at Les Combes, when the pack bunches up again. I think we can be strong tomorrow and I really hope we can get the result that the team deserves.”
P9 – ESTEBAN OCON – VJM10-04

Q1 1:45.277
Q2 1:45.006
Q3 1:45.369

Esteban: “I think a better result was possible today. From Q2 onwards I started to lose some grip and we need to analyse and understand what happened. I was three tenths faster on my Q2 lap compared to Q3 so we didn’t maximise things and I’m not totally satisfied. However, I feel confident about the race. The car is working well and we have a quick race car, especially in the first and final sectors. That will help us tomorrow. It’s a track that encourages good racing and I think there will be opportunities tomorrow and some close battles.”

OTMAR SZAFNAUER, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

“We achieved the objective of getting both cars inside the top ten, which sets us up nicely for a strong race tomorrow. I don’t think our final laps in Q3 were optimal and there was a bit more potential in the car, but the important thing is that we are well placed to score good points. We’ve focussed on setting the car up to race well and hopefully that will pay dividends tomorrow. The forecast suggests we will have similar weather tomorrow with a low risk of rain so if we can make a clean start we have every chance to convert our speed into a solid result for both cars “

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Williams Martini Racing

Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying

Qualifying Notes

  • Felipe Massa qualified 16th and Lance Stroll 18th for the Belgian Grand Prix
  • Both drivers went out in Q1 on the ultrasoft tyre but were knocked out of the session having struggled for qualifying run performance over the course of the weekend
  • Lance was only able to set one timed-lap in Q1 after suffering damage to his rear-wing endplate
  • Felipe missed all Friday running after a crash in FP1 required a chassis change
  • Felipe has been given a five-place grid penalty for failing to slow for double-waved yellow flags in FP3

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: A disappointing result. Felipe obviously went into qualifying knowing that he would have a 5-place penalty. He was knocked out in Q1 in P16 and unfortunately on Lance’s car, we had a failure on a part of the rear-wing which the mechanics tried to change in the very limited time available but we missed the cut.

Felipe Massa: I’m so disappointed with the result. We’re not competitive enough. I thought maybe the crash would have been a problem today but I managed to understand the balance and the car. The car is just not competitive so I’m pretty disappointed. Even before losing five positions on the grid, it’s not a great start for the race tomorrow but racing is racing. We need to try everything we can and that’s what I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

Lance Stroll: I had a broken rear endplate and it is just one of those things that happens. Unluckily that held me up so I couldn’t get out for a second run in Q1 and my qualifying ended there. We need a quicker and more competitive car, as we just can’t carry the speed that some other cars can and it is really costing us a lot on certain tracks. If I had got out there for my second run I would definitely have gone quicker, but I think it would have been tough to get out of Q1. It is very frustrating and not where we want to be, but we have got to keep working on the car. I just hope for a better day tomorrow, as we have long straights, overtaking is possible and you have got to be positive and hopeful.

 

Track Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium Weather: Warm and dry

 

Lap Length 7.004 km / 4.352 miles Temperature: Air: 23-25°C Track: 33-37°C
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:44.184 1:42.927 1:42.553
2. S. Vettel Ferrari 1:44.275 1:43.987 1:42.795
3. V. Bottas Mercedes 1:44.773 1:43.249 1:43.094
16. F. Massa, FW40-01 WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:45.823 (16th)
18. L. Stroll, FW40-03 WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:46.915 (18th)

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05 - McLaren Mercedes

McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team

2017 Belgian Grand Prix – qualifying

“Some incredible teamwork between our two drivers today”

On an unexpectedly dry Saturday morning in Belgium, both Fernando and Stoffel ran smoothly in FP3, and were able to conduct all of the necessary preparation ahead of the qualifying session. The track started damp from overnight rain, but quickly dried out, enabling both drivers to run to plan. Fernando completed 12 laps and set the 10th-fastest time, and Stoffel posted the 14th-fastest time after 14 laps.

Given Stoffel’s grid penalties for his PU changes which mean that he will inevitably start from the back of the grid for tomorrow’s race, the team elected to optimise Fernando’s strategy for qualifying. The two team-mates worked well together, staying close with every run to ensure the best possible tow. Both progressed through to Q2, with Stoffel in 10th position and Fernando in 14th.

In Q2, the team once again opted to take advantage of Stoffel’s slipstream, executing a perfect strategy whereby Fernando stayed tight to his team-mate’s rear wing for much of his two runs. Unfortunately, in the dying moments of the session, Fernando lost deployment in the final sector of his final lap, and narrowly missed out on progression to Q3, ending the session in 11th. Stoffel didn’t set an official time in Q2 and finished the session in a net 15th, but will start his home grand prix from 20th place due to engine penalties.
The drivers

Fernando Alonso

  • #FA14  MCL32-05
  • FP3 10th 1m46.060s (+2.144s) 12 laps
  • Q1 14th 1m45.668s (on Options)
  • Q2 11th overall 1m45.090s (on Options)

“In the end, today was a positive day for us, if you look at the overall performance. We were 1.5 seconds from P1 in Q2, and this for us is like pole position. However, at the end of the lap, because of an issue we didn’t manage to make it into Q3, but it could have been possible today.

“The team did a great job and we tried to take benefit from Stoffel’s penalty to help the other car take some slipstream on the straights. But, at the wrong time – in the last attempt in Q2 – we had a problem with the deployment, and I lost six tenths between Turns 11 and 12, so I aborted the lap because it was no longer possible to improve.

“We’ll start from P11 tomorrow – which here in Spa is a bit of a surprise for us anyway – and maybe being on new tyres and choosing the compound is better than starting 10th.”
STOFFEL VANDOORNE

  • #SV2  MCL32-04
  • FP3 14th 1m46.300s (+2.384s) 14 laps
  • Q1 10th 1m45.441s (on Options)
  • Q2 15th overall* No time set
  • *Will start 20th due to 65-place PU penalties

“It’s been reasonably positive today – I’ve been preparing for the race all weekend because I know I’ll be starting from the back. Today was all about helping Fernando try to get both cars into Q2 and then help him with the slipstream, and that’s what we did. Unfortunately he just missed out on Q3, but now we have to focus on tomorrow. I know starting from 20th I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

“I hope I can rely on the usual Spa weather like I could yesterday in the practice sessions – that would definitely help us! We knew it was always going to be difficult to get into Q3 here. We tried everything we could today, I tried to help the team as much as possible, and it’s a shame that Fernando just missed out.

“It was good teamwork today. Fernando and I have a very good relationship – we’ve showed that in the past, and we’ve showed again today that we work really well together. I’m sure the situation will come where I’ll need his help!

“This weekend is so special for me – there are a lot of fans here, and I have friends and family here with me to cheer me on. It definitely gives me a little extra bit of motivation for my home grand prix.”
the management

Eric Boullier

McLAREN-HONDA RACING DIRECTOR

“Today the team showed immense strength and spirit after a difficult start to the day. I’m both pleased and proud of the efforts of every single one of the guys and girls in the garage, who worked together seamlessly, executing the perfect strategy in order to optimise our potential for tomorrow’s race.

“Overnight, we discovered some issues within Stoffel’s power unit, which led to another PU change and further grid penalties for our Belgian star at his home race. His crew worked tirelessly to ready his car in time for FP3, and I’d like to praise and thank them for all their hard work. Also, thanks to both Stoffel and Fernando, who acquitted themselves admirably as the perfect team-mates throughout qualifying. In Q1, Fernando and Stoffel helped each other with tows – even on the same lap – a remarkable feat to pull off, and one which helped them both to progress to Q2.

“In Q2, Stoffel – fully aware of his starting position for tomorrow’s race – did the honourable job of sacrificing his own performance to provide Fernando with an extra little boost on what is renowned for being an extremely challenging, power-hungry circuit. Bravo, Stoff – I’m sure the favour will be returned in due course!

“After a tough start to the day, and despite a lot of effort, a broken curfew, and excellent teamwork, it’s a shame that Fernando was unable to progress through to Q3. He came excruciatingly close, until a deployment setting issue at the end of his final flying lap meant he was unable to better his lap time. However, 11th place isn’t a bad place to be, and it gives us more options for tomorrow’s strategy. History tells us that this will be a tough race, but with hard work, luck, and potentially some changeable weather on our side, I hope we can put on a good show tomorrow for our Belgian fans.”

Yusuke Hasegawa

Honda R&D Co. Ltd Head of F1 Project & Executive Chief Engineer

“I feel satisfied that Fernando will start the race from a position ready to fight for points at this power-hungry Spa-Francorchamps track.

“As is always the case with Fernando, he pushed to the maximum during the session, and although he missed out on Q3 he finished ‘best of the rest’ which leaves the team a free choice of tyres for the race tomorrow.

“We think we could have extracted a bit more from our package, but the power deployment ran out before the end of Fernando’s final flying lap. We will now work on adjusting the settings accordingly with McLaren and Fernando before the race.

“Regarding Stoffel, we detected a potential issue in his ICE data after yesterday’s FP2 and as a precaution opted to change his power unit overnight. With this in mind, his qualifying strategy was to concentrate on set-up for the race, rather than pushing for position.

“We also witnessed some incredible teamwork between our two drivers today. Both Stoffel and Fernando worked seamlessly to help each other with tows, which helped them to progress through into Q2.

“Considering today’s performance, we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to score some much-needed points tomorrow, and we’ll do our best to maximise the opportunity.”

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Scuderia Toro Rosso

2017 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 26/08/2017

Carlos Sainz (STR12-02, Car 55)

  • Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:45.942, pos. 9th, 18 laps
  • Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:45.374, (Q2) 1:45.439, pos. 14th

“I’m a bit disappointed with ending up P14 in today’s qualifying because we’ve had a good weekend up until now; I’ve been on it since FP1, always in the top ten and doing very good laps. Today’s qualifying was more of the same … we were starting to think a top ten qualifying was possible here, but when you see yourself only P14, it’s quite frustrating. I think I extracted the maximum out of the car so we just need to keep pushing. We will see what we’re capable of doing tomorrow – it’s been a good weekend so far, so there’s no reason to think we can’t go forward! – and hopefully we can fish some points!

Daniil Kvyat (STR12-04, Car 26)

  • Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:47.903, pos. 18th, 7 laps
  • Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:46.028, pos. 17th

Daniil will serve a twenty position grid penalty tomorrow

“I haven’t driven much this weekend, so it’s not been easy – in this morning’s FP3 we had an issue with the PU and I have to say the guys did a great job to get the engine changed in time for Quali! I tried to do the best lap I could but I wasn’t feeling totally comfortable and we were only able to end up P17… I haven’t even done a single long-run, so it’s difficult to say what to expect for tomorrow. We also have a grid penalty so we will be starting from the back, but we will try our best and see where we end up.”

James Key (Technical Director)

“Today hasn’t been the day we were looking for, we were more comfortable with our progress on Friday and generally ok this morning in FP3, at least with Carlos. We found the issues that stopped Daniil from running yesterday and had them corrected overnight only to have an engine failure just a few laps into the FP3 session. So, sadly for him, he’s had no real reference points at all this weekend, no long-runs on the softer tryes or shorter runs on the Ultra Soft tyre prior to qualifying, so his weekend has been thoroughly compromised and the team apologizes to him for that. Of course, we’ll try and do our best for him tomorrow from where we start after the penalty for the 5th PU. I’d like to thank all the mechanics, who so quickly changed Daniil’s engine between the end of FP3 and the start of qualifying, enabling us to get the car out and cover two runs in Q1. It was an absolutely fantastic job and, as always, we know we can rely on them to turn it around when we have an emergency. For Carlos, we had a similar balance on the car to yesterday. Generally, it seemed to be okay in FP3 so we went through the programme as planned and got the information we needed from the session. In Quali, we looked okay in Q1 and we were in the top ten at that point, but we didn’t make any progress beyond that point, Q1 was our quickest lap of the session and we couldn’t seem to find an extra bit of performance for Q2. We will have to look at where we missed something there, but it means that we didn’t progress to Q3 as hoped – we needed a few more tenths to do that today. We will now have a look into this and concentrate on what we do tomorrow from grid positions that are a little bit lower than expected and take it from there.”

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11 - Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 Team

Overview

Event:  Qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix (Round 12 of 20)

Date:  Saturday, Aug. 26

Location:  Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Layout:  7.004-kilometer (4.352-mile), 19-turn circuit

Weather:  Sunny

Air Temps:  23.6-24.9 degrees Celsius (74.5-76.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

Track Temps:  33.2-37.1 degrees Celsius (91.8-98.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

Pole Winner:  Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:42.553 – new track record)

Result:  Romain Grosjean qualified 12th / Kevin Magnussen qualified 13th

Q1 Rundown

  • Lasts 18 minutes, with all 20 drivers participating
  • Fastest 15 drivers advance to Q2

Magnussen:  12th quick (1:45.535), advanced to Q2
Grosjean:  15th quick (1:45.728), advanced to Q2
Fastest Driver:  Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:44.184)
Cutoff:  15th-quick Romain Grosjean of Haas F1 Team (1:45.728)

Q2 Rundown

●  Lasts 15 minutes, featuring the 15 fastest drivers from Q1

●  Fastest 10 drivers advance to Q3

Grosjean:  12th quick (1:45.133)

Magnussen:  13th quick (1:45.400)

Fastest Driver:  Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:42.927)

Cutoff:  10th-quick Esteban Ocon of Force India (1:45.006)

Q3 Rundown

●  Lasts 12 minutes, featuring the 10 fastest drivers from Q2, all battling for the pole

Pole Winner:  Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:42.553)

Second:  Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari (1:42.795)

Recap

Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen qualified 12th and 13th, respectively, for the Belgian Grand Prix Sunday at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. It was the fourth time this season both drivers advanced to the second round of knockout qualifying.

 

Magnussen set the 12th-fastest time in Q1 with a lap of 1:45.535 around the 7.004-kilometer (4.352-mile), 19-turn track. Grosjean was 15th quickest with a lap of 1:45.728. Only the top-15 drivers move on to Q2.  

 

In Q2, Grosjean earned the 12th-fastest time with a lap of 1:45.133 and Magnussen was .267 of a second behind him in 13th with a lap of 1:45.400. Grosjean lopped .595 of a second off his Q1 time and Magnussen knocked .135 of second off his Q1 time. Just the top-10 drivers advance from Q2 to Q3.

 

Both Grosjean and Magnussen ran exclusively on the Pirelli P Zero Purple ultrasoft tire throughout qualifying.

 

Taking the pole for the Belgian Grand Prix was Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. His fast lap of 1:42.553 set an all-time track record at Spa, one-upping the hours-old mark of 1:43.916 set by Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen in final practice (FP3). Räikkönen broke the all-time fastest lap at Spa by .587 of a second. The previous mark of 1:44.503 was set by Jarno Trulli in his Toyota during the second round of qualifying for the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s pole-winning time crushed the eight-year-old record by 1.95 seconds.

 

With one record broken, Hamilton’s speed tied him for another. The pole was the 68th of Hamilton’s career, tying him with Michael Schumacher for the most poles in Formula One history. It was also Hamilton’s seventh pole this season and his fourth at Spa, earned by .242 of a second over runner-up Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari. Hamilton will make his 200th grand prix start Sunday in the Belgian Grand Prix.

 

Before qualifying, Grosjean, Magnussen and the rest of their Formula One counterparts had one final practice to dial-in their racecars for a quick lap around the track.

 

Magnussen and Grosjean ran the same program in FP3, beginning with a reconnaissance lap on Pirelli Cinturato Green intermediate tires followed by a stint on Yellow softs and a final stint on Red supersofts.

 

Grosjean set the 13th-fastest time with a 1:46.196 on the 10th of his 14 laps. Magnussen tallied 13 laps and also earned his best time on his 10th lap – a 1:46.690 that put him 17th overall. Both drivers earned their quick times utilizing the Red supersofts.

 

Räikkönen’s quick FP3 time of 1:43.916 was .197 of a second better than his nearest pursuer, Vettel. 

Romain Grosjean, driver #8

“Yesterday we tried a few downforce levels and, clearly, we had one that was far too light and it made the car tricky to drive. Today I’m very happy with myself and the team. It was a hell of a lap in qualifying. I could’ve done better with the tow, but I wasn’t quite close enough to the car in front of me to get the advantage on the straight line. The rest of the lap was pretty amazing. It’s the best we could do, to be fair. The car felt OK setup-wise. I pushed really hard, but on the low-drag circuits we’ve been struggling a little bit. It’s going to be a long race tomorrow with a lot happening. Nobody has real information about tire degradation and from the few laps I did yesterday on high fuel, the car felt OK. I’m looking forward to it.” 

Kevin Magnussen, driver #20

“Qualifying was OK. The last run I didn’t put the lap together, which was a bit of a shame. I don’t think it would’ve changed so much anyway, but it’s never so good when you don’t get your lap together. In the end, I think the gap was too big to do anything. Only Romain was within reach, really. It’s not a bad position for tomorrow’s race to try and fight for points. Not a lot has to happen at the front to get us into the points. We don’t really know how the car is in race trim, but we’ll see tomorrow. I don’t expect it to be too different from today. We should be able to fight for points.”

Guenther Steiner, Team Principal

“Yesterday we would’ve taken this result, but you always want more. This morning it looked good, and from yesterday we turned it around. Everybody did a great job. We ended up 12th and 13th and we were very close to 11th. Tomorrow, from these positions, we have free tire choice, so we’ll see what we can do.”

 

(Note: Those advancing to Q3 must start the race with the tires they used to qualify. Those outside the top-10 in qualifying can start the race with new tires on a compound of their choosing.)

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Renault Sport Formula One Team

Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix, Saturday

Renault Sport Formula One Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer both qualified in the top ten for the Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix, the second time this season that both cars made it into Q3. Nico set the seventh-fastest time, a 1min 44.982secs. Jolyon Palmer had looked poised for a similar performance, after setting the P7 time in both FP3 and Q2, however a gearbox issue prevented him from setting a time in Q3, meaning he was classified P10.

Nico Hülkenberg, #27, R.S.17-04, Q: P7 1:44.982 FP3: P11 1:46.064
“I’m very pleased with qualifying as I haven’t been able to get the set-up exactly where I wanted it, yet I could still get a P7 time when it mattered. We were still working on set-up today as I haven’t been able to find that sweet spot where everything’s working at its best. I still don’t think we found the best solution, yet I was very positively surprised that we could squeeze a P7 out of it. It’s a good effort from the team; tomorrow’s going to be a full race. It’ll be head down and pedal hard.”

Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03, Q: P10 1:44.685 FP3: P7 1:45.491
“I’ve been in a really good place with the RS17 all weekend, easily the best all year. I’ve had strong confidence in the car, it’s felt really well balanced and we haven’t had to make many changes, so this bodes well for the future. We had a gearbox problem in Q3, which came after a couple of issues with a clutch sensor, so despite all that it’s a positive that we made it into the top ten for qualifying. Without the Q3 issue, P7 was definitely on the cards with the pace we’d shown. I’m hoping for points tomorrow.”

Alan Permane, Sporting Director
Overall the car is performing well.
How was the overall performance for the team?
The team’s overall performance was very good, for the third race weekend in a row we have had the fourth quickest car and this bodes well for the remainder of the season. Jolyon was happy with his car from the first laps of the weekend and although Nico has struggled a little more with an inconsistent balance, he got the most out of it in qualifying.
Nico struggled a little bit more than Jo with his car balance. He wasn’t as comfortable, sometimes needing adjustments with a little too much understeer and sometimes lacking rear end. At the end of the day he was able to extract the most and get in a good place for tomorrow’s race.
What was the issue with Jolyon’s car?
We are still investigating what went wrong with the gearbox. It’s a real shame for Jolyon, without this incident he could have started from a very comfortable P7. He’s had a very good, very straightforward and competitive weekend and it’s truly unfortunate he wasn’t able to make the most of his potential today, through no fault of his own.

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Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday

Weather: FP3: cloudy/sunny and damp/dry, 21-22°C air, 22-26°C track; Qualifying: sunny/cloudy and dry, 24-25°C air, 33-37°C track

Today’s qualifying result reflects the difficulties the Sauber F1 Team has been facing this weekend in Spa – the drivers finished qualifying in P19 (Ericsson) and P20 (Wehrlein) ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 19th in Q1 (1:47.214 min / ultrasoft tyres)
3rd practice: 20th (1:48.300 min / ultrasoft tyres / 6 laps)
“We knew that today’s qualifying would be a bit more difficult for us, as it is a power sensitive track. Considering the technical issue I had during FP3, and the small amount of laps I was able to complete, the team did a good job to optimise the car. The car felt good, however, we have to find a way to improve our performance. The weather can play a crucial part in the outcome of the race tomorrow.”

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 20th in Q1 (1:47.679 min / ultrasoft tyres)
3rd practice: 19th (1:48.296 min / ultrasoft tyres / 17 laps)
“Overall, today was a better day for me in terms of track time. I ran a good amount of laps during FP3. Unfortunately, our performance is not where we would like it to be yet. We are looking at our data and working on finding a way to improve for tomorrow’s race.”

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Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying

  • Fastest-Ever Lap Of Spa Set In Qualifying With P Zero Purple Ultrasoft: Pole Faster By 4.2s Compared To 2016
  • A Variety Of Different Strategies Possible For The Race Using All Three Compounds: Weather Conditions Remain Uncertain
  • Ferrari And Mercedes The Only Teams To Get Through Q1 With Supersoft Only: Ferrari Then Uses Just One Ultrasoft Set In Q2

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix with the fastest-ever lap of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit using the ultrasoft compound tyres, making their first appearance at the Belgian Grand Prix. The previous record, dating back to 2009, was already broken at the end of FP3 this morning – where championship protagonists Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton were separated by just one thousandth of a second. Conditions for qualifying were completely dry, peaking at 37 degrees of track temperature: the warmest conditions seen all weekend so far. Ferrari and Mercedes were the only team to get through Q1 using the supersoft only, with all the competitors then using ultrasoft to the finish.

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING
“From this morning, it was clear that we were in for a very close qualifying session, with little to separate the leaders. As Spa is the longest circuit of the calendar with the ultrasoft being run for the first time here, we also saw the biggest improvement compared to last year’s pole, more than four seconds. A wide number of strategies involving all three different tyre compounds are possible for the race tomorrow, meaning that tactics could really make the difference with the competition so tightly balanced. However, as we saw this morning at the beginning of FP3, the weather will always be a random factor at Spa, so this is something that could certainly play a big part.”

2017-08-27 - 2017 Belgian Grand Prix – Sets available for the race – Infographics

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