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Qualifying Results – 2020 Eifel Grand Prix
Nurburgring, Germany
by Thomas Maher
10th October 2020

Q3:

  1. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:25.269
  2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.256
  3. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing +0.293
  4. Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.766
  5. Alex Albon Red Bull Racing +0.778
  6. Daniel Ricciardo Renault +0.954
  7. Esteban Ocon Renault +0.973
  8. Lando Norris McLaren +1.189
  9. Sergio Perez Racing Point +1.435
  10. Carlos Sainz McLaren +1.440
Q2:

  1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.390
  2. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing +0.077
  3. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.581
  4. Daniel Ricciardo Renault +0.706
  5. Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.850
  6. Alex Albon Red Bull Racing +0.895
  7. Lando Norris McLaren +0.926
  8. Sergio Perez Racing Point +0.940
  9. Carlos Sainz McLaren +0.971
  10. Esteban Ocon Renault +0.974
  11. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +1.348
  12. Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri +1.386
  13. Daniil Kvyat Alpha Tauri +1.458
  14. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1.546
  15. Kevin Magnussen Haas +1.735
Q1:

  1. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:26.319
  2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.254
  3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.301
  4. Lando Norris McLaren +0.510
  5. Daniel Ricciardo Renault +0.517
  6. Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.538
  7. Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri +0.753
  8. Esteban Ocon Renault +0.767
  9. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +0.788
  10. Sergio Perez Racing Point +0.801
  11. Alex Albon Red Bull Racing +0.807
  12. Kevin Magnussen Haas +0.912
  13. Daniil Kvyat Alpha Tauri +0.966
  14. Carlos Sainz McLaren +1.059
  15. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1.213
  16. Romain Grosjean Haas +1.233
  17. George Russell Williams +1.245
  18. Nicholas Latifi Williams +1.493
  19. Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo +1.498
  20. Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point +1.702.

 

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Sainz blames McLaren's F1 upgrades for Eifel GP qualifying pace drop



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Carlos Sainz Jr says McLaren has been left with much to understand about its upgrade package, after he blamed it for his disappointing performance in Eifel Grand Prix qualifying.
The McLaren driver only managed to qualify 10th at the Nurburgring, after his team elected to split the aero packages across its two cars. While Sainz ran the new bits, team-mate Lando Norris ended up eighth in qualifying having used the old parts.
Sainz said he was far from happy with how things had been, and felt that the new package had not delivered any improvement.
"Since FP3 I was not comfortable with the car," Sainz told Movistar TV. "I was able to improve during qualifying, but it still didn't go very well.
"I don't really know what to say, because when you put new things in, you expect to go a little faster than your team-mate. But as we saw with Lando in Russia, he also found it difficult to go with the new parts. We have a lot to analyse there."
Norris said he was glad that he wasn't running with the new parts, simply because of the extra challenge that comes from adapting to a different concept.

"It is more difficult just because it takes a bit of time to understand the package completely and when you only have one practice session like we had this morning it's hard to work out what's the best set-up for it and how to extract all the potential out of it," Norris explained.
"So that's the difficulty with having the upgrades, and that's what Carlos had to deal with. But I was very happy with sticking with what we knew, and it seems to have paid off. So I'm happy from my side."
Sainz was unsure whether the situation was made worse because the team did not get a full practice run on Friday to fine-tune the latest parts. But he said even without normal running, the new package should automatically have brought a step forward in performance.
"There is a lot of uncertainty and we lack a lot of knowledge with this new package," he explained. "I'm not saying it's not better than the other one, but usually when you put something new in, you always expect to go faster.
"This weekend I don't know if it's because there was no free practice on Friday or because we didn't develop it well."
He added: "Many question marks at the moment. I think I did a good job of developing through qualifying and getting the car in a better window, as we were very far off in Q1. But at the moment we are very far from where we want to be."

Sainz said that parc ferme restrictions meant there was nothing McLaren could do to recover the situation overnight, as he braced himself for a tough race.
"Parc ferme means we can change nothing to the car for tomorrow," he said. "So it will be more a day of trying to make some data gathering for the engineers and everyone back home.
"So far, not very happy. It hasn't been a very good day for me. It wasn't a good weekend for Lando in Russia with the new package. So I don't know. We need to double check everything”
 

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THE WINNERS AND LOSERS OF FORMULA 1’S EIFEL GRAND PRIX
Oct 11 2020
Lewis Hamilton’s Michael Schumacher-equalling win and Daniel Ricciardo’s breakthrough podium for Renault stole headlines after the Eifel Grand Prix, and duly feature high up in the winners column of our regular post-race feature.
Yet on the other end of things, the treacherous cold conditions of the Nurburgring proved a challenge to steep for many a driver, irrespective of their previous history at the track.
WINNERS
LEWIS HAMILTON, HISTORY-MAKER
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Eifel Grand Prix Race Day Nurbugring, Germany

After an uncharacteristically ‘large’ qualifying defeat on Saturday, a quarter of a second down to Valtteri Bottas, Hamiton had his old team-mate Nico Rosberg – in pundit mode this weekend – suggest he was getting into a bit of a slump. This was a good way to hit back and show that was nonsense.

Matching Schumacher must end Hamilton ‘car advantage’ asterisk
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Hamilton was outmuscled by Bottas on the opening lap, having to cede ground based on track position. As the first stint developed he was the quicker of the two and starting to apply pressure when Bottas made a mistake and handed him the advantage.
Therefore, Hamilton kept Max Verstappen at arm’s length and managed the unknowns of the tyre in difficult conditions plus a lengthy safety car period to secure a record-equalling 91st victory and extend his championship lead to 69 points as Bottas retired.
Not a bad day at the office at all. Scott Mitchell
DANIEL RICCIARDO AND RENAULT
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Eifel Grand Prix Race Day Nurbugring, Germany
Ricciardo’s move to Renault has been hard work at times, but the car has improved recently to the point where finally he claimed his first podium since leaving Red Bull and Renault’s first since reviving its works team in 2016.
Most impressively, this happened at a high-downforce track where Renault has generally been at its weakest.
A reward for Ricciardo’s efforts and confirmation of genuine team progress. Edd Straw
THE NURBURGRING
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Eifel Grand Prix Race Day Nurbugring, Germany
Any chances of a genuinely close battle for victory went up in MGU-K smoke relatively early on, but the sight of F1 cars tackling the Nurburgring again – and producing genuine, exciting battles – was pretty wonderful to behold.

F1 mustn’t let the Nurburgring slip away again
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And while the sub-optimal seasonal timing of the round cost us Friday running, it made up for it with conditions different enough to genuinely challenge drivers – which the lack of FP1 and FP2 obviously also helped with.
Was it good enough to make F1 return to the track for the longer-term? Well, no, that’s really not how things work in this world – but the track’s case for future grands prix certainly wasn’t weakened. Valentin Khorounzhiy
ROMAIN GROSJEAN AND HAAS
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Eifel Grand Prix Race Day Nurbugring, Germany
It didn’t start promisingly for Grosjean, who was running last on the first lap with his left index finger in pain after it was hit by gravel kicked up by Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo.
But a Haas strategy call gained track position at the safety car and, despite losing places to Pierre Gasly and Nico Hulkenberg, Grosjean held on to ninth to the chequered flag.
In doing so, he scored his first points of the season and allowed Haas to close the gap to Alfa Romeo. – ES
NICO HULKENBERG
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Eifel Grand Prix Qualifying Day Nurbugring, Germany
Hulkenberg started last after his 11th-hour call-up on Saturday but drove a fine race to bank eighth place.
Yes, he was helped by the fact there were five retirements but considering the lack of preparation and the fact he’d been out of the car for two months, it was a good performance – peaking with him nicking eighth place from Grosjean at the restart. – ES
LOSERS
KIMI RAIKKONEN
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Tuscan Grand Prix Qualifying Day Mugello, Italy
Raikkonen’s record-equalling start was absolutely fine for 99% of its distance, but really quite bad in the remaining one, when he clobbered George Russell out of the race and earned himself a deserved penalty.
The dirty air from Sebastian Vettel right up ahead was almost certainly a factor as Raikkonen locked up and understeered into the Williams, but it was a clear misjudgment all the same.
Pre-weekend it emerged Raikkonen was close to getting the Alfa seat sealed for 2021 and extending his F1 journey another year. Most of his performances in 2020 have warranted him sticking around, but this was not one of them. – VK
SEBASTIAN VETTEL
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Eifel Grand Prix Race Day Nurbugring, Germany
Vettel was the only German driver scheduled to take part in F1’s German race. And he finished second of the two German drivers that eventually did.
OK, Hulkenberg had a car advantage. But Vettel had the advantage of actually being on-site before, well, qualifying. Among all the other advantages every driver had over last-minute supersub Hulkenberg.
But this isn’t a comparison to his compatriot. Vettel had a messy race. He was already struggling vs Leclerc on pace in qualifying and wrecked his plan to run long on mediums by getting stuck early on then having a big half-spin that flat-spotted the fronts with a peculiar swerve behind Giovinazzi at Turn 1.
A long, long time later Vettel found himself tucked up under the Alfa Romeo again – and couldn’t get past, finishing outside the points once more. – SM
ALEX ALBON
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Eifel Grand Prix Race Day Nurbugring, Germany

The goodwill from Albon’s first podium at Mugello has faded quite badly. The odd flickers of performance and potential remain but the races are getting messier.
This was a disappointing grand prix that should have ended in a second podium. Red Bull comfortably had the second-quickest car but Albon was outqualified by Leclerc, then mugged by Ricciardo on the opening lap.
He then flat-spotted his tyres with a big lock-up two corners later, getting away with light contact as he slid into the Renault.
Then he hurt his race further later on by a careless move across Daniil Kvyat, breaking the AlphaTauri’s front wing and picking up a penalty.
A suspect engine problem ended his race soon after. But the damage had long been done, and it was entirely self-inflicted. – SM
VALTTERI BOTTAS AND THE TITLE RACE
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Eifel Grand Prix Race Day Nurbugring, Germany
Bottas certainly does not deserve the grief he gets from many pundits and many more regular commenters, and you get the feeling he’d be much more cherished if he had stayed a midfield driver and kept annihilating this team-mates for the past few years.
His pole yesterday was excellent, and as further evidenced by his latest retirement luck on average has not been on his side . He also did such a nice job fighting off Hamilton at the start…
Yet, simply put, that Turn 1 lock-up is a mistake Hamilton doesn’t make. And it is why, even if Bottas beat Hamilton to pole every single time, you’d still probably wager on him being outscored by the Briton over a season.
Maybe Hamilton’s new 69-point gap, which basically confirms for all intents and purposes that the championship fight is over for 2020, will allow Bottas to shed some of the pressure he may be feeling and prepare himself fully to give it his best shot yet in 2021. That’d be nice. – VK
WILLIAMS
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Eifel Grand Prix Race Day Nurbugring, Germany
The Williams team has always talked about the need to take chances on days like this, but it came away with no points on an afternoon where its rivals for eighth place in the constructors’ championship, Haas and Alfa Romeo, both picked up points.
Admittedly, there wasn’t much it could have done to avoid Russell being clobbered by Raikkonen, but it means Williams is now a more-distant last in the standings. – ES
LANDO NORRIS
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Eifel Grand Prix Race Day Nurbugring, Germany

Lando can feel very hard done-by to feature in this section because it was not of his own making, but he is an undisputed loser of this race.
He was driving an excellent first stint and putting himself into contention for a podium challenge based on the tyre offset he’d enjoy, but that was undone by a Renault engine problem.
Initially it looked like it had just cost him a shot at third and could be managed to the end, and Norris was doing well to minimise the time loss and potentially still bag a top-six finish.
But then he pulled over with his engine cover starting to scorch, and an excellent salvage job on a weekend McLaren’s been a little behind its rivals went begging. – SM
 

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McLaren: Norris engine failure in Eifel GP 'same issue' as in Spa
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Michael Delaney
12/10/2020

McLaren says the engine failure that sidelined Lando Norris in Sunday's Eifel GP was the same issue suffered by Carlos Sainz at Spa earlier this year.
Norris was enjoying a solid drive at the Nürburgring, running as high as third when the Briton reported a sudden loss of power.
The McLaren pitwall responded by urging its driver to follow a 'Default 03' command to exit the engine's protection mode, to no avail unfortunately as Norris frantically repeated the order, later joking that he had gotten cramps from pressing the buttons so many times.
Unable to override the power unit's protection mode, the McLaren driver was left with no other choice but to park his car, its rear bodywork slowly starting to consume.

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl believes the issue that impacted Norris' Renault engine was the same ignition glitch that sideline Sainz on his way to the grid in Belgium.
"It looks like the same issue that we experienced in Spa on Carlos's side," explained Seidl.
"So what happens here in the end is that there's an issue on the ignition side, which is causing unburned fuel going into the exhaust. And then it goes 'kaput'.
"We tried to get out of this, let's say protection mode the engine goes in when having such an issue. But unfortunately, it wasn't possible because the problem was constantly there then.

Seidl lamented the setback as Norris was on track for a top-four finish and perhaps even a poduim.
"Obviously it was very disappointing because we were with Lando in a very good position in the race. He was running with P4 on a different strategy compared to Daniel [Ricciardo], and he was actually catching him.
"So it would have been interesting how that would have played out with the different tyre life towards the end of the race.
"So very disappointed by that, because it was good to see that he had good pace in the race to fight with our main competitors."
 

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Portuguese Grand Prix Portimao Algarve International Circuit

PST

Fri, Oct 23Welcome 2:30 AMESPN2
Practice 12:55 AMESPN2
Practice 26:55 AMESPN2
Sat, Oct 24Practice 32:55 AMESPN
Qualifying5:55 AMESPN2
Sun, Oct 25Race6:00 AMESPN2


Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola, Italy
 

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Results (Classification):

Q3:
  1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.652
  2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.102
  3. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing +0.252
  4. Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.438
  5. Sergio Perez Racing Point +0.571
  6. Alex Albon Red Bull Racing +0.785
  7. Carlos Sainz McLaren +0.868
  8. Lando Norris McLaren +0.873
  9. Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri +1.151
  10. Daniel Ricciardo Renault No time
Q2:
  1. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.117
  2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.828
  3. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing +0.051
  4. Sergio Perez Racing Point +0.542
  5. Carlos Sainz McLaren +0.799
  6. Lando Norris McLaren +0.719
  7. Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri +0.381
  8. Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.593
  9. Alex Albon Red Bull Racing +0.607
  10. Daniel Ricciardo Renault +0.793
  11. Esteban Ocon Renault +0.947
  12. Lance Stroll Racing Point +0.839
  13. Daniil Kvyat Alpha Tauri +1.013
  14. George Russell Williams +1.103
  15. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +0.618
Q1:
  1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.828
  2. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing +0.051
  3. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.117
  4. Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri +0.381
  5. Sergio Perez Racing Point +0.542
  6. Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.593
  7. Alex Albon Red Bull Racing +0.607
  8. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +0.618
  9. Lando Norris McLaren +0.719
  10. Daniel Ricciardo Renault +0.793
  11. Carlos Sainz McLaren +0.799
  12. Lance Stroll Racing Point +0.839
  13. Esteban Ocon Renault +0.947
  14. Daniil Kvyat Alpha Tauri +1.013
  15. George Russell Williams +1.103
  16. Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo +1.373
  17. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1.495
  18. Romain Grosjean Haas +1.536
  19. Kevin Magnussen Haas +1.680
  20. Nicholas Latifi Williams +1.949https://formulaspy.com/f1/qualifying-results-2020-portuguese-grand-prix-71830
 

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Did anyone watch McLaren Slipstream before the race? It was surprisingly good I thought.
Felt sorry for Lando in the race but Carlos did a good job.
 

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Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola, Italy
PST

Sat, Oct 31Practice 2:55 AMESPN
Sat, Oct 31Qualifying5:55 AMESPN2
Sun, Nov 1Pre-Race2:30 AMESPN2
Sun, Nov 1Race4:00 AMESPN2
 

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Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola, Italy
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Sat, Oct 31Practice2:55 AMESPN
Sat, Oct 31Qualifying5:55 AMESPN2
Sun, Nov 1Pre-Race2:30 AMESPN2
Sun, Nov 1Race4:00 AMESPN2

They show it at much more sensible times here in the UK....
 

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They show it at much more sensible times here in the UK....
:) haha, Yes. - we do have re-run showings here at more convenient times. And of course the DVR. Do like the Sky Sport commentators, especially the ex-F1 drivers.
 

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Just record and watch at one’s leisure. Nice to get up, watch a race, and still have the day left ahead.

Unless of course it’s a season determining race in Japan that starts about 3:30 AM EST. And yes I have done that. Could not wait.
 
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FIA outlines F1 rule changes for Imola's two-day schedule


The FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved changes to the Formula 1 sporting regulations that will be used for the two-day Grand Prix weekend in Imola.

The FIA has created customised rules that will be applied only for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, before reverting to the standard rules for the rest of the season.
Many of the changes relate to the timing of regular elements of the weekend schedule that have been moved.
The single free practice session on Saturday morning will last for 90 minutes, and it will be separated from the start of qualifying by a two-and-a-half-hour gap, 30 minutes longer than the usual break between final practice and qualifying, to give teams more time to process what they learned.
There will be two drivers' briefings, with the first in the standard late Friday slot, essentially to talk about any matters resulting from the last race in Portimao.
A second meeting has been added to the lunch break on Saturday, so drivers can give any feedback on the circuit between the single free practice session and qualifying.
PLUS: The great unheralded Imola F1 drives
Teams are in theory still free to run a 'Friday' driver in FP1, but the option won't be used given that race drivers have just the single session to learn the track.
The curfew rules have also been adjusted to reflect the fact that that is just one restricted period, overnight on Friday, instead of the usual two.
With no Friday action each driver will have 10 rather than 13 sets of dry tyres: two sets of hards, two mediums, and six softs. Three sets have to be returned after practice.
FIA race director Michael Masi acknowledged in Portimao that a lot of work was required to adjust for the new format.

"The sporting regulations for a two-day event have been voted or finalised through the World Motor Sport Council," he said. "They have required a significant amount of change to facilitate a two-day event.
"And it's compressing everything, because effectively what has occurred is all of Friday's normal activity has been removed. Even some of the elements of scheduling, of drivers' briefings and so forth, that normally happen after the first day of practice.
"It's going to certainly be interesting to see, and something I'm looking forward to. And I know having spoken to a number of the team managers that they are too. It's just something completely different."
Although not outlined in the rules there will also be a change to the way Pirelli adjusts its tyre prescriptions.
Any call on a change in minimum pressures will be made not after practice, as is usually the case on Friday nights, but after qualifying and applied for the race.
"We've discussed that with the teams and with the FIA," said Pirelli boss Mario Isola.
"The idea is that we don't revise the prescriptions after free practice, because we don't have the time to analyse the data from the teams.
"We will get the data after qualifying, and if it's necessary to make any adjustment, it's only for the pressure, and not for the camber."
 

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Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - Qualifying results

PosDriverTeamQ1Q2Q3
1Valtteri BottasMercedes1:14.221s1:14.585s1:13.609s
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:14.229s1:14.643s1:13.706s
3Max VerstappenRed Bull1:15.034s1:14.974s1:14.176s
4Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:15.183s1:14.681s1:14.502s
5Daniel RicciardoRenault1:15.474s1:14.953s1:14.520s
6Alexander AlbonRed Bull1:15.402s1:14.745s1:14.572s
7Charles LeclercFerrari1:15.123s1:15.017s1:14.616s
8Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri1:15.412s1:15.022s1:14.696s
9Lando NorrisMcLaren1:15.274s1:15.051s1:14.814s
10Carlos SainzMcLaren1:15.528s1:15.027s1:14.911s
11Sergio PérezRacing Point1:15.407s1:15.061s
12Esteban OconRenault1:15.352s1:15.201s
13George RussellWilliams1:15.760s1:15.323s
14Sebastian VettelFerrari1:15.571s1:15.385s
15Lance StrollRacing Point1:15.822s1:15.494s
16Romain GrosjeanHaas1:15.918s
17Kevin MagnussenHaas1:15.939s
18Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:15.953s
19Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:15.987s
20Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:16.208s

 

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McLaren 'a bit far off where we want to be' in Imola
Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) McLaren MCL35.
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By Andrew Lewin
31/10/2020
McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris both expressed disappointment and some surprise not to be higher up the grid for tomorrow's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola's Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
Sainz had only been 14th fastest in the weekend's sole practice session on Saturday morning, with Norris two places further back. But the pair had still been confident of doing better in qualifying.
While both men did make it through to the final round, they were the slowest of the ten cars taking part and will line up alongside each other on row five with Norris just ahead of Sainz.


"Today we all expected maybe a bit more,” admitted Sainz. “We were quick in free practice and we were comfortable with the car.
"But in Q1 I had to run two sets of tyres, the feeling went a bit away and then we were just playing catch up, which meant for Q3 I only had one set of tyres left. I had to put together a decent lap that was nothing special.
"So we’re a bit far off from where we want to be," he sighed. “We struggled more than expected and we need to analyse why.
"However, we still got both cars into Q3 and there’s everything to play for tomorrow. We’ll do our best to find some performance overnight and hopefully score good points after a strong race."
Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP), McLaren F1 Team

Despite qualifying ahead of both Racing Point cars, Norris was also sounding rather downbeat “I want to say today was a good day, but it could’ve been a bit better.
"That last little bit of performance was difficult to extract from the car in Q3," he said. “The car was quick, with the potential to be maybe one position higher, but not much more.
"I think the cars ahead of us were just quicker. We couldn’t have gone three tenths quicker like they both did," he added.
Both drivers were surprised by how well the AlphaTauri cars in particular had been on Saturday. Pierre Gasly took fourth place, with Daniil Kvyat also ahead of both McLaren cars in eighth.
"[Gasly] was nearly four-tenths quicker," conceded Sainz. "So the AlphaTauri, the Ferrari [of Charles Leclerc], the Renault [of Daniel Ricciardo ] were just quicker than us today and we need to play catch up tomorrow.”
Lando Norris (GBR) McLaren MCL35 and Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) McLaren MCL35.

"The other cars are just quicker," agreed Norris. "Especially the AlphaTauris seem very quick this weekend.
“Some races they’re very, very good, and other races, not so good," he added. "This track seems to be one that they‘re very good at, and confident.
"Last weekend it was just Pierre that was very strong, and now both cars seem to be very strong. So I guess that puts us two positions down from normal," he said. "They still have that bit more pace that we were lacking today.
"We’re still ahead of two Racing Points, one of the Renaults, so it’s a good day," he insisted. "I’m happy overall, but it's a bit of a shame we couldn’t be that little bit higher.”

 
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