TUSCAN GP

Qualifying        Race    

 Round 9 – Mugello, 11 to 13 Sep

All Times UK:

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Fri 11th 

FP1

1000 to 1130

0930 to 1150

 

FP2

1400 to 1530

1345 to 1545

Sat 12th

FP3

1100 to 1200

1045 to 1210

 

Qual

1400 to 1500-ish

1300 to 1535

Recording: 1930 to 2100

Sun 13th  

Race

1410 to 1540-ish

1230 to 1730

Recording: 1830 to 2100

 

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:

·      As usual one should not read much into the times and running order of these practice session. Although the cars must conform to the rules they can be taken out with very little fuel and brand new tyres just to set a time: Ferrari often do it at Italian circuits to get the public in through the gates and to appease the Italian press, who are often merciless with their criticism if the team and personnel when they are doing badly – as at Monza.  As for everyone else, no real surprises anywhere.

·      Everyone exceeding track limits all over the place. The only word from the FIA is that no advantage to be gained by running wide here. The best drivers in the world do not habitually exceed track limits if there is no advantage!

 Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m17.879s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

3

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

5

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

6

Ocon

Renault

 

7

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

1m18.839s 

8

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

9

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

10

Ricciardo

Renault

 

11

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

12

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

13

Vettel

Ferrari

 

14

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

15

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

16

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

17

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

18

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

19

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m19.840s 

20

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1m20.034s 

 

FP2:

·      Normally when you get cars in the running order two-by-two like Mercedes, Red Bull and Renault in this session, it’s an indication that the drivers got all they could from the car and could get no more. But, this is a practice session so maybe that doesn’t hold true here.

·      Grosjean went to the garage quite early on with an electrical problem, and Norris went off and grazed the wall, knocking his front wing off. Had he been respecting the track limits he would not have put his wheels in the gravel and spun off.

·      Vettel ended his session parked at the side of the track with nothing coming from the engine. There was neither smoke nor any warning that anything was wrong. It could be electrics, or he could have accidentally switched the engine off. It’s been done before.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m16.989s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

1m17.971s 

5

Ricciardo

Renault

 

6

Ocon

Renault

 

7

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

8

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

9

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

10

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

11

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

12

Vettel

Ferrari

 

13

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

14

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

15

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

16

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

17

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

18

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1m18.983s 

19

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

20

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m19.257s 

 

FP3:

·      Let’s get track limits out of the way: The stewards, in their infinite wisdom, have declared they are not monitoring track limits as the gravel traps will define them. What nonsense is this? So at the corner exits instead of using the inside wheel’s alignment with the white line, the drivers are now using the outside wheel’s alignment with the edge of the concrete and the start of the gravel. I think qualifying might be quite interesting as they push harder and harder.

·      Not completely unconnected with track limits is the positioning of the pit entry lane marginally beyond the exit of the last corner. It’s bad enough being on the exit of a very fast corner as the speed differential of a car having to enter the pits slowly with a car problem will be right on the line of a car exiting the corner at high speed, but with drivers running wide out of the last corner they are actually cutting across the pit entry lane!!! Let’s hope my fears are unfounded.

·      Racing point have brought an aero upgrade  - but only one set, and as Stroll is leading the championship (by 23 points) the team have fitted it to his car and it seems to be working. (Nothing to do with Perez leaving the team at the end of the year!!)

·      How come Ferrari are that much better here than anywhere else so far this year? Don’t tell me they’ve discovered another engine tweak?

·      I’m waiting to see how Renault fare in qualifying. They say their car doesn’t work well on high speed – high downforce circuits, and that seems to n=be born out so far this weekend. Ricciardo was hampered a bit on his fast run by traffic, but even so he does not seem to be getting as much out of the car than Ocon – which is odd.

·      Russell came in from his installation lap complaining of a brake-by-wire problem and that was him done for the entire session, so well on the back foot for qualifying.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m16.530s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

4

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

5

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

6

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

7

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

8

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

1m17.538s 

9

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

10

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

11

Ocon

Renault

 

12

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

13

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

14

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

15

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

16

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

 

17

Ricciardo

Renault

 

18

Vettel

Ferrari

 

19

Norris

McLaren-Renault

1m18.826s 

20

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

No time 

 

·      Q1:

·      Vettel escapes ignominy by 0.053 of a second!!!

·      The hero of Monza out in Q3 due to “too much understeer”. How come that hadn’t been dialled out in free practice?

·      Russell missed all of FP3 and still beat Latifi…!!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m15.749s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

5

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

6

Leclerc

Ferrari

7

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m16.701s

8

Ocon

Renault

9

Norris

McLaren-Renault

10

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

11

Ricciardo

Renault

12

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

13

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

14

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

15

Vettel

Ferrari

1m17.072s 

16

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

1m27.125s 

17

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

18

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

 

20

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m17.348 

 

Q2:

·      Bottas was just 0.013 of a second behind Hamilton.

·      What are McLaren doing down there?!!

·      The disparity between the Ferrari drivers is all wrong. Has Leclerc got a better grip of the car, or has Vettel lost his mojo, or are Ferrari giving him inferior equipment?

·      For the second run the top-5 stayed in the garage, which proved a good policy as it gave them a extra set of brand new soft tyres for later.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m15.309s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

5

Ricciardo

Renault

6

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

7

Ocon

Renault

1m16.297s

8

Leclerc

Ferrari

9

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

10

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

1m16.522s

11

Norris

McLaren-Renault

1m16.640s

12

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

13

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

14

Vettel

Ferrari

 

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m17.254s 

 

Q3:

·      Ocon didn’t go out for the first run and Perez went out for one run in between everyone else’s 1st and 2nd runs.

·      The second run was an anti-climax as apart from Leclerc improving from 7th to 5th nobody improved their position. Ocon spun on his run which didn’t help. 

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m15.144s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

5

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m16.270s

6

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

7

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

8

Ricciardo

Renault

9

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

1m17.870s

10

Ocon

Renault

No time

 

GRID:

Perez penalised one place for hitting Räikkönen exiting the pits back in FP2. Assuming no other penalties this is the grid…

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

22

 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

20

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

19

 

4

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

18

 

5

Leclerc

Ferrari

17

6

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

16

7

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

15

Penalty

8

Ricciardo

Renault

14

9

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

13

10

Ocon

Renault

12

11

Norris

McLaren-Renault

10

12

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

9

13

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

8

 

14

Vettel

Ferrari

7

 

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

6

 

16

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

5

 

17

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

4

 

18

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

3

 

19

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

2

 

20

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1

 

 

RACE:

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

59

23

FL

2

Bottas

Mercedes

59

20

3

Albon

Red Bull-Renault

59

19

4

Ricciardo

Renault

59

18

5

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

59

17

6

Norris

McLaren-Renault

59

16

7

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

59

15

8

Leclerc

Ferrari

59

14

9

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

59

13

10

Vettel

Ferrari

59

12

11

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

59

10

12

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

59

9

13

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

43

8

Accident

14

Ocon

Renault

7

7

Brakes

15

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

6

6

Accident

16

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

6

5

Accident

17

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

6

4

Accident

18

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

6

3

Accident

19

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

0

2

Accident

20

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

0

1

Accident

 

 

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