PORTUGUESE GP

 

 

Round 12 – Portimão, 23 to 25 October 2020

 

All times UK

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Fri 23rd 

FP1

1100 to 1230

1030 to 1245

 

 

FP2

1500 to 1630

1445 to 1645

 

Sat 24th  

FP3

1100 to 1200

1045 to 1210

 

Qual

1400 to 1500-ish

1300 to 1530

Recording: 1730 to 1900

Sun 25th  

Race

1310 to 1440-ish

1130 to 1630

Recording: 1830 to 2100

 

TYRES

 

A change this weekend: All the drivers will get an extra set of white-marked hard tyres (now 3 sets), 3 sets of yellow mediums, and 1 fewer set of red softs (now 7 sets).

 

FP1:

Ocon had a gearbox problem right at the end of the session. Although he will be out in FP2, he may have a grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change – unless he was running an old ‘box which would have been changed anyway!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m18.410s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

5

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

6

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

1m19.441s 

7

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

8

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

9

Ricciardo

Renault

 

10

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

11

Vettel

Ferrari

 

12

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

13

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

1m20.278s 

14

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

15

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

16

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

17

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

18

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m21.376s 

19

Ocon

Renault

 

20

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1m22.054s 

 

FP2:

Quite uneventful except for Gasly’s car catching fire and bringing out the red flags while they dealt with that, and Verstappen driving into Stroll at turn one and bringing out the red fags while they dealt with that!!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m17.940s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

3

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

4

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m18.838s 

6

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

6

Vettel

Ferrari

 

7

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

8

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

9

Ocon

Renault

 

10

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

11

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

12

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m19.901s 

13

Ricciardo

Renault

 

14

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

 

15

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

16

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

17

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

18

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

19

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m20.983s 

20

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m21.396s 

 

FP3:

A bit more representative of where everyone stands as the drivers and engineers get to know the circuit better. One or two comments to make: The speed dropped off towards the end, probably due to the wind and the track warming a bit in the Portuguese sunshine making the grip levels fall. Ricciardo never completed a lap on the softs for his qualifying situation run so he’s on his back foot for later. Gasly and Russell did well, but the Haas pair were dismal as was Giovinazzi.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m16.654s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

5

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

6

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

8

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

9

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

10

Ocon

Renault

1m17.6s 

11

Vettel

Ferrari

 

12

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

13

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

14

Ricciardo

Renault

 

15

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

16

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

17

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

18

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

19

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

 

20

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m18.454s 

 

Q1:

Apart from the start of qualifying being delayed ½ hour for track repairs after a drain cover was lifted by a passing car in FP3, nothing much to say about this stint.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m16.828s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

5

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

6

Leclerc

Ferrari

7

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

8

Vettel

Ferrari

9

Norris

McLaren-Renault

10

Ricciardo

Renault

11

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

12

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

13

Ocon

Renault

 

14

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

1m17.841s 

15

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m17.931s 

16

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m18.201s 

17

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

18

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

19

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

20

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1m18.777s 

 

Q2:

·      Yes, that’s Vettel in 15th. Don’t ask!!

·      Top ten drivers all set their fastest time on soft compound tyres except Bottas, Hamilton and Leclerc on mediums. These drivers must start the race on these actual tyres.. Everyone else gets a free choice.

·      Ricciardo spun off and hit the barriers backwards (not too hard) right at the end and re-joined but it did mean he didn’t run in Q3.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m16.466s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

5

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

6

Norris

McLaren-Renault

7

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

8

Leclerc

Ferrari

9

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

10

Ricciardo

Renault

1m17.481s

11

Ocon

Renault

1m17.614s

12

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

13

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

14

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

15

Vettel

Ferrari

1m17.919s

 

Q3:

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m16.652s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

5

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

6

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

8

Norris

McLaren-Renault

9

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

1m17.803s

10

Ricciardo

Renault

No time (See Q2)

 

GRID:

If there are no overnight penalties, this is the grid…

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

22

 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

20

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

19

 

4

Leclerc

Ferrari

18

 

5

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

17

6

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

16

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

15

8

Norris

McLaren-Renault

14

9

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

13

10

Ricciardo

Renault

12

11

Ocon

Renault

10

12

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

9

13

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

8

 

14

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

7

 

15

Vettel

Ferrari

6

 

16

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

5

 

17

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

4

 

18

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

3

 

19

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

2

 

20

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1

 

 

RACE: 

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

66

23

FL

2

Bottas

Mercedes

66

20

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

66

19

4

Leclerc

Ferrari

66

18

5

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

65

17

6

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

65

16

7

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

65

15

8

Ocon

Renault

65

14

9

Ricciardo

Renault

65

13

10

Vettel

Ferrari

65

12

11

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

65

10

12

Albon

Red Bull-Renault

65

9

13

Norris

McLaren-Renault

65

8

14

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

65

7

15

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

65

6

16

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

65

5

17

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

65

4

18

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

65

3

19

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

64

2

20

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

53

1

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