F1 – Spanish GP – Qualifying
The European round started with the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. The teams made their best during the preseason and now they have to show their job on track. During the third practice session Hartley crashed his Toro Rosso and won’t participate for the qualifying session that we had today.
During the first qualifying round we saw so many different strategies with different compounds at the cars. The Ferrari were at top at the start of the session but the most surprising thing is that Fernando Alonso were at 6th position with medium compound while the first 10 were doing their laps with super soft compound. Hulkenberg had problems during the whole session but could manage to reach the Q2 just at the end of the session. Vettel finished Q1 at top with Hulkenberg, Ericsson, Sirotkin, Stroll and Hartley at the konckout zone. Just before finishing the session, Stroll spun and crashed into the barriers at the third sector.
For the second round of qualifying we saw how the top teams were running with the soft compound while the rest of the drivers were doing their laps with super soft. McLaren, Haas and Red Bull joined Mercedes and Ferrari trying their laps with the soft compound. Both Ferrari were again on top followed by Mercedes, Red Bull and Haas. After them, all the drivers were using the super soft compound for their laps, except Vandoorne who was 11th. Vandoorne, Gasly, Ocon, Leclerc and Perez finished the session at the knockout zone. Time now to get serious for the battle for the pole position.
Final session of qualifying, time to see if the pole will be for a Ferrari or Mercedes. Hamilton was the fastest driver after the first attempt but the surprise was to see both Red Bull ahead of Ferrari on 2nd and 3rd position. The battle was quite thought and even Hamilton improved the lap while his teammate made it into the 2nd position.
Pole position for Lewis Hamilton with Valtteri Bottas 2nd and Sebastian Vettel 3rd. The top 10 was completed with Raikkonen, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Magnussen, ALonso, Sainz and Grosjean.
Tomorrow for the race Hamilton will try to increase his advantage, but Vettel will fight against the championship leader and recover his 1st position. What will happen? Stay tuned and you will know it with MiniDrivers.