F1 – United States GP – Qualifying
Hello MiniFans and welcome back in Austin! We have yet again a close qualifying ahead! The Bulls topped two of the practice essions, but also Mercedes and Ferrari seem have the pace to get the pole. Who will get it in the end? Let’s see!
In Q1, we saw some drivers running pretty wide over the track. This weekend, they must be extra careful with the track limits. Here, in Austin, they are very easy to cross in those high speed corners. The provisional pole was a interchangeable cup between Vettel, Verstappen and the Mercedes drivers for a long time, as we expected. But in the end, we had a very surprising fastest time from none other than Lando Norris! We had to leave Giovinazzi, Raikkonen, Russell, Perez, who will start from the pitlane due to a penalty for not stopping on the weighbridge after FP2, and Kubica behind.
Moving on the the second part of qualy, we noticed that a lot of the top drivers, but also some midfielders, went for the Medium compound to save the Softs for Q3. This is quite a risk, considering the fact that the Mediums can be pretty slow and might even be too slow for some midfielders to finish in the top ten. Albon set a fastest lap with his Softs, but was beat right at the end by both Ferrari’s. We went to the last part of qualifying without Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Kvyat, Stroll and Grosjean.
As I said, it’s key to respect the track limits this weekend! Kvyat’s last lap was eliminated and dropped down from P11 to P13.
Time for the last part of qualifying! During the first run, we had a tight battle between the Horses, Bulls and Silberpfeilen. Bottas was the one who got the provisional pole, followed by Vettel and Verstappen. However, anything could still happen in that second and final run! Verstappen locked up his tyres in the first few turns, so his pole lap was over right at the beginning. Surprisingly, the standings stayed how they were after the first run!
Valtteri Bottas takes pole position in Austin! Vettel starts next to him, followed by Verstappen and Leclerc, who make up the second row. They are followed by Hamilton, Albon, Sainz, Norris, Ricciardo and Gasly.
Can Bottas bring it home? Let’s find out tomorrow!