SPANISH GP

 

Qualifying     Grid     Race    

 

Round 6 – Barcelona, 14 to 16 August 2020

 

All times UK

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel Four

Fri 14th 

FP1

1100 to 1230

1030 to 1250

 

 

FP2

1500 to 1630

1445 to 1645

 

Sat 15th   

FP3

1200 to 1300

1145 to 1310

 

 

Qual

1500 to 1600-ish

1400 to 1635

Recording: 1930 to 2100

Sun 16th  

Race

1510 to 1640-ish

1330 to 1800

Recording: 1930 to 2200

 

Pirelli has abandoned the individual driver tyre choices for 2020 and simply issuing three compounds of tyre for all teams to use.

 

All the drivers will get 2 sets of hard compound tyres (white), 3 sets of mediums (yellow), and 8 sets of softs (red).

 

FP1:

·      Perez is back in his Racing Point, and Roy Nissany (French/Israeli Williams test driver and so-so F2 driver) drove Russell’s car.

·      I know I always say you shouldn’t read much into FP1 times and running order but Mercedes a clear second ahead of third place is ridiculous – and what are Haas doing up there in 6th and 9th place?!!!

·      Various drivers tried different tyres to see how they stood up to the Spanish heat, but they’ll probably get better information from FP2 when it will be significantly hotter.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m16.785s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

1m17.724s 

4

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

5

Vettel

Ferrari

 

6

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

7

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

8

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

9

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

11

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

12

Ocon

Renault

 

13

Norris

McLaren-Renault

1m18.744s 

14

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

15

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

16

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

17

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

18

Ricciardo

Renault

 

19

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1m20.334s 

20

Nissany

Williams-Mercedes

1m20.664s 

 

FP2:

·      It was warmer than this morning, so no surprises there, and a quick look at the order sees Magnussen back where we would expect, but Grosjean once again is up near the top. How is that? 

·      Norris was lower down than expected, but maybe his runs were the opposite of Grosjeans and he had lots of fuel on board so the team could evaluate the tyre performance in race trim and high temperatures.

·      The Williams simply wasn’t working here. 

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m16.883s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Ricciardo

Renault

1m17.868s 

5

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

6

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

8

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

9

Ocon

Renault

 

10

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

11

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

12

Vettel

Ferrari

 

13

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

14

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

15

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

16

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

17

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m18.900s 

18

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

19

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

 

20

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m19.391s 

 

FP3:

·      A bit more representative with Grosjean closer to where we would expect.

·      A couple of “oh dears” with Norris down in 15th and Williams at the back again. But also some ”ooos” seeing Saintz in 4th, Perez in 5th and Gasly in 7th.

·      Main point though was Ocon crashing at the end. Because of the tyre situation drivers are doing a fast lap, then slowing right down for a lap or two and then going for another fast one. During those slow laps the speed difference is very high and this could be to blame for the crash. Ocon was slow off the racing line and Magnussen went by on a fast lap, then pulled off the racing line and slowed, so much so that he caught out Ocon who avoided hitting Magnussen but lost it and ploughed into the wall.  I bet he’s wishing he’d driven into Magnussen now!! Either way, someone is going to have to mandate this slow driving problem, especially in Q1 otherwise we will see the same thing or even worse!!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m17.272s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

5

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

6

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

7

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

8

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m18.309s 

9

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

10

Ricciardo

Renault

 

11

Ocon

Renault

 

12

Vettel

Ferrari

 

13

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

14

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

15

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

16

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

17

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

18

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

19

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m19.297s 

20

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1m19.765s 

 

Q1:

·      Haas back where we expect them to be. So what was it with Grosjean being so high during practice? Answers on a postcard…!

·      Raikkonen through to Q2 for the first time in a while.

·      The slow cars problem we saw in practice didn’t materialise as they were only doing one run per set of tyres.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m16.872s 

2

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Leclerc

Ferrari

6

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

7

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

8

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

9

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

10

Vettel

Ferrari

11

Norris

McLaren-Renault

12

Ricciardo

Renault

13

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

14

Ocon

Renault

 

15

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m17.797s 

16

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m17.908s 

17

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

18

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

 

20

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m18.697s 

 

Q2:

·      All rather tight behind the Mercs. Vettel missed out on Q3 by 2/1000th of a second!!

·      Everyone on soft compound tyres so the top ten on the grid start on those tyres whereas from 11th down the drivers have a choice. Will we see Vettel on medium tyres, for example? There would be no point in running the same strategy as everyone else.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m16.013s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

5

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

6

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

7

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

8

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m16.953s

9

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

10

Norris

McLaren-Renault

1m17.166s

11

Vettel

Ferrari

1m17.168s

12

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

13

Ricciardo

Renault

 

14

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

15

Ocon

Renault

1m17.567s 

 

Q3:

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m15.584s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

5

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m16.589s

6

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

8

Norris

McLaren-Renault

9

Leclerc

Ferrari

10

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

1m17.136s

 

GRID:

·      If there are no overnight penalties, this is the grid.

·      The long run down to turn one should be interesting.

·      Both Verstappen and Perez are good at tyre management so a good tactical race is in store.

·      Leclerc 6th and Vettel 11th…! What more is there to be said?

·      We may see a better race from Ricciardo than his qualifying performance suggests.

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

22

 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

20

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

19

 

4

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

18

 

5

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

17

6

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

16

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

15

8

Norris

McLaren-Renault

14

9

Leclerc

Ferrari

13

10

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

12

11

Vettel

Ferrari

10

12

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

9

13

Ricciardo

Renault

8

 

14

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

7

 

15

Ocon

Renault

6

 

16

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

5

 

17

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

4

 

18

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

3

 

19

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

2

 

20

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1

 

 

RACE:

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

66

22

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

66

20

3

Bottas

Mercedes

66

20

FL

4

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

65

18

5

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

65

17

6

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

65

16

7

Vettel

Ferrari

65

15

8

Albon

Red Bull-Renault

65

14

9

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

65

13

10

Norris

McLaren-Renault

65

12

11

Ricciardo

Renault

65

10

12

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

65

9

13

Ocon

Renault

65

8

14

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

65

7

15

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

65

6

16

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

65

5

17

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

65

4

18

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

64

3

19

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

64

2

20

Leclerc

Ferrari

38

1

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