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Presseberichte vom Qualifying
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Startplatz: 1
Q1: 1:28.343
Q2: 1:27.586
Q3: 1:27.264
Wow, 98 Pole Positions! Man kann sich immer noch etwas steigern und ein bisschen nachlegen, aber das war heute schon eine sehr saubere Runde. Ich weiß nicht genau warum, aber ich hatte das gesamte Wochenende über hier ein gutes Gefühl. Ich wollte heute einfach nur Spaß haben, das ist das Wichtigste für mich. Ich bin schon lange dabei, aber ich liebe die Herausforderung noch immer, wenn wir versuchen, die Reifen zu verstehen und das Auto perfekt abzustimmen. Ich liebe, was ich mache, und ich merke immer noch, wie ich mich ständig weiter verbessere. Das gilt aber nicht nur für mich, sondern auch für alle in der Box, jeder genießt seine Arbeit. Der Druck im Titelkampf ist enorm, aber nachdem wir beide Weltmeisterschaft sicher haben, verspüre ich dieses befreiende Gefühl und kann rausfahren und eine Leistung wie heute bringen. Das ist die Fortsetzung der besonderen Dinge, die wir als Team leisten. Ich bin jedes Wochenende aufs Neue erstaunt über diese Truppe. Wir haben in diesem Jahr jedes Hindernis gemeistert, das sich uns in den Weg gestellt hat. Für mich ist es wichtig, die letzten drei Rennen dazu zu nutzen, um so viel wie möglich zu lernen und ins nächste Jahr mitzunehmen.
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
Startplatz: 2
Q1: 1:28.767
Q2: 1:28.063
Q3: 1:27.553
Meine zweite Runde im Q3 fühlte sich eigentlich gut an, aber das ist das Schwierige, wenn man glaubt, dass man alles aus dem Auto herausgeholt hat und am Ende doch ein bisschen fehlt. Ich habe keinen Fehler gemacht und meine letzte Runde war gut, jetzt müssen wir im Debriefing heute Abend herausfinden, ob es Bereiche gibt, in denen wir uns verbessern können. Lewis und ich haben unterschiedliche Setup-Wege eingeschlagen, das könnte dabei eine Rolle gespielt haben. Aber es ist klasse für das Team, dass wir erneut mit beiden Fahrern in der ersten Reihe stehen. Ich freue mich schon auf morgen. Es wird ein interessantes Rennen mit verschiedenen Strategien und jeder wird versuchen, die Reifen vor dem Überhitzen zu schützen. Deshalb erwarte ich einen schönen Kampf.
Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)
Startplatz: 3
Q1: 1:28.885
Q2: 1:28.025
Q3: 1:27.678
“My lap felt pretty good but we just lacked a bit of rear grip in the low speed corners but overall it was quite a decent qualifying. Of course I would have liked to fight for pole but if that is not possible I think it is ok to start third and on the clean side of the grid. Let’s see how we go tomorrow in the race because it’s very hard on tyres here so hopefully we’ve made the right compromise on that. We have different tyres to choose from so hopefully that works to our favour but we’ll see. It’s always difficult to say if we can fight Mercedes and I definitely think they picked up their pace today but I will try and keep as close as possible and hopefully find an opportunity.”
Alexander Albon (Red Bull Racing)
Startplatz: 4
Q1: 1:28.732
Q2: 1:28.749
Q3: 1:28.274
"It feels good to equal my best quali, I did want more from the session but if you look how it was 24 hours ago, this was a good result. Starting on the second row puts us in a good position to take the fight to Mercedes. Coming from FP3, the car was feeling really strong and I was ready to push hard in qualifying. We were surprisingly quick today compared to yesterday but I haven’t done a long run yet so let’s see how that goes tomorrow! I’ll be starting on the mediums tomorrow, I think the deg will be high so managing the tyres will be crucial. It will be a fun race for the fans to watch, that’s for sure.”
Sergio Pérez (Racing Point)
Startplatz: 5
Q1: 1:29.178
Q2: 1:28.894
Q3: 1:28.322
“P5 is a great result for the team and I’m very happy with our performance. We were able to be really decisive on the strategy and get through Q1 by using just one set of the soft tyres, which was absolutely the right call and meant we could use two sets of new soft tyres in Q3. When you look at the fact that I found two tenths on my second run in Q3, that call helped earn us several spots on the grid. It was a good lap at the end of Q3, although I think I lost a little bit of time in Turn 13 that might have helped me get P4. It’s a real shame what happened to Lance in Q2 because his pace looked good, but I’m sure he can recover in the race tomorrow and score points, which will be crucial in a close midfield battle. It’s a good result today for me but qualifying isn’t so representative here. What matters is strong race pace, which I think we have, and it’ll be important to get a strong start and make good strategy calls. It looks like a two or three-stop race tomorrow, so there’s plenty to play for and the goal is to score big points.”
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault F1 Team)
Startplatz: 6
Q1: 1:29.005
Q2: 1:28.648
Q3: 1:28.417
“I’m happy with the top six today. It was very close, but I was pleased with my lap to put us up there at the top end of the timesheets. I used both new sets in Q1 so I only had one new set in Q3 and maybe with an additional run it could have been a little better. It’s still good, though, and I’m happy Esteban is up there as well. It’s important for the Constructors’ and we need to put pressure on Sergio [Perez] tomorrow. I think the race will be interesting. The compounds are softer than last year, so I’ll be surprised if it’s a one-stop tomorrow. I’m sure we’ll see some variety on strategy.”
Esteban Ocon (Renault F1 Team)
Startplatz: 7
Q1: 1:29.203
Q2: 1:28.937
Q3: 1:28.419
“The car felt awesome today and I’m very happy with our qualifying result. It was a good lap in Q3 with just 0.002secs between Daniel and I, which is almost as tight as it gets! Overall, we produced a good session and it was very well managed by the team. We got through Q1 on one set and then in Q2 we managed to qualify in the top ten on Mediums. It’s great that we have both cars in the top ten, but it’s not done yet. We know tomorrow’s race will feature high degradation and a lot is likely to happen. We’ll have to fight hard to score solid points tomorrow.”
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
Startplatz: 8
Q1: 1:28.971
Q2: 1:29.008
Q3: 1:28.448
“It’s really positive to get both cars into Q3 today, but as for myself, even if I’m happy for the team, deep inside I’m still a bit disappointed with P8. I don’t really know how to feel about it because we looked really strong all weekend, so I wanted a bit more. It was so tight, only a tenth to P5 and I would have liked to be on that third row tomorrow, but that’s how it is and I think it’s still a decent place to start the race. I expect pretty exciting battles on track tomorrow and I think we have the potential to fight for a good position. Strategy-wise, it will be pretty unusual and interesting, so I think we’ll see many different options between the teams. Tyre degradation will be the key factor, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Lando Norris (McLaren F1 Team)
Startplatz: 9
Q1: 1:29.464
Q2: 1:28.877
Q3: 1:28.542
“A tough quali today, because of the tyre differences and the red flag. So, it was quite a messy qualifying but the same for everyone. We did a good job with the tyres and getting the car turned around quickly. We had a slight issue with the car in the first run of Q1, but other than that my only bad run was on the very final set where I made a mistake at Turn One. It cost me probably a tenth which was a good few positions today, so I’m quite frustrated and annoyed – but I’ll try to make up for it tomorrow.”
Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri)
Startplatz: 10
Q1: 1:29.158
Q2: 1:28.944
Q3: 1:28.618
“I’m quite happy with how Qualifying went as it was a good and competitive session. Q2 was very solid, we had one shot with a different compound and we took it, there was quite a bit of pressure on us, but we managed. I wasn’t too happy with my Q3 lap, as I made a couple of mistakes and maybe we took a slightly wrong direction with the front wing. Nevertheless, it was a strong Qualifying and puts us in a good position to have a strong race tomorrow. The tyres suffer a lot around here, so it will be different from what we’ve experienced so far this year. Of course, there were some races where the tyres were tricky, but tomorrow will certainly be an interesting challenge.”
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
Startplatz: 11
Q1: 1:29.142
Q2: 1:29.149
Q3:
“Being able to do just a single lap is never ideal and that was clearly the case in Q2 today. We missed the cut to the next stage by a little over a tenth, but on my only quick lap, I first had George Russell ahead of me, which stopped me getting a tow from Charles, and then I didn’t manage to have a perfect second sector. That just adds to the disappointment because even if we expected to be in the midfield here, we could just as easily have been in the top ten rather than on the sixth row. All the same, I am confident that the team can still bring home a good amount of points tomorrow. Because of the track characteristics, the race will be mainly about tyre management and I think that we can do something good on that score. We will have to be as sly as a fox, be patient and make no mistakes.”
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Startplatz: 12
Q1: 1:29.137
Q2: 1:29.165
Q3:
“After FP3 I didn’t think we could have ended up higher than P12, but looking back at how quali went, I feel I could have done a better job here and there, so I cannot hide the fact that I’m disappointed not to make it to the top ten. Seb and I are the first on the grid to have the freedom of going for a different strategy but I don’t think this is going to be much of an advantage, to be honest, since starting on the Medium seems like the best option and the top ten will be starting on the Medium too. It’s going to be a tricky race where tyres will overheat quickly so managing them will be key.”
Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
Startplatz: 13
Q1: 1:28.679
Q2: 1:29.557
Q3:
“We made some changes to the car after FP3 that really paid off and I was happy with the balance of the car going into qualifying, which we demonstrated in Q1 by going P2. Unfortunately, the red flag during Q2 ended up having a big impact on us. After the red flag, there was a miscommunication that cost us a potential place in Q3. We went out on a used set of mediums, when the rest of the field were on new tyres and it stopped us from having any chance of getting into Q3. We’ll review the situation tonight as a team, learn from it, and move on. The positive to take is that from P13 on the grid we have a free tyre choice. It’s possible to overtake here and strategy is important, so we can make progress. We can aim for the points and I’m happy with the pace of the car, so it’s all to play for tomorrow in the race.”
George Russell (Williams)
Startplatz: 14
Q1: 1:29.294
Q2: 1:31.218
Q3:
It was a very good session and I am happy to have qualified P14. It was amazing to do a good lap and get into Q2, particularly having missed FP1 and then had tricky sessions in FP2 and FP3. That was all we could hope for as the midfield is too far ahead but to outqualify the Haas and the Alfa, and to capitalise on the issue Carlos [Sainz] had was great. I was on a used tyre for Q2, as we wanted to retain two fresh sets of the medium tyre for tomorrow. The race will be difficult, but we will try our best and do everything we can.
Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren F1 Team)
Startplatz: 15
Q1: 1:28.975
Q2: no time
Q3:
“Very disappointing day today. I was feeling comfortable with the car and managed to go through Q1 with only one set of tyres, saving two new sets of Softs for Q3. We obviously hit an issue at the start of Q2, which locked up the rear axle and that was it. It’s very frustrating that I couldn’t qualify higher despite having strong pace. We start on the back foot for tomorrow, so we need to decide carefully which is the best strategy, taking into account that the top-10 qualified on the Mediums. Tough one, but we won’t give up and I’ll give it my all in the race to recover as many positions as possible.
Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
Startplatz: 16
Q1: 1:29.491
Q2:
Q3:
“My fastest lap was really good and we were so close to making it to Q2, only missing out for less than half a tenth. It’s obviously frustrating but all we can do is focus on tomorrow. I was quite happy with the car but we know it will be a challenging race, especially with tyre degradation being quite high around here. Managing them and getting the strategy right will be crucial: let’s see what we can do from here and if we can bring home a good result.”
Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo)
Startplatz: 17
Q1: 1:29.810
Q2:
Q3:
“I feel we made a step forward with the car compared to the previous session of the weekend. The car felt better than before but it was still a tricky session and to go out in Q1 was of course not ideal. It is what it is, let’s see what we can do tomorrow. We have been better in the races so far so hopefully we can make up some ground.”
Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team)
Startplatz: 18
Q1: 1:30.111
Q2:
Q3:
“It’s not been an unusual Saturday. Unfortunately, this is where we are - I don’t think we had a bad qualifying in terms of considering the car we have, we got the most out of it. It was a normal Saturday for us. There are at least always opportunities in the race, we just have to hope for that again tomorrow. We have to try and capitalize on situations if they come our way – something like a safety car. Fingers crossed that one of those things that we need happens tomorrow in the race.”
Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team)
Startplatz: 19
Q1: 1:30.138
Q2:
Q3:
“We tried as hard as we could, but you cannot be happy when you’re P19. When you’re a competitor you want to fight for good positions. My last lap was actually quite good through the first two sectors. The last one I tried to push a bit more – go the way I enjoy driving the car and have done in the past. The car couldn’t quite take it, so I lost a bit of time. It wouldn’t have changed the world but I’m just trying to enjoy these last three races.”
Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
Startplatz: 20
Q1: 1:30.182
Q2:
Q3:
I was pretty pleased with my lap, but there was a big gap to George so it shows that the potential of the car is there. There are a few set-up differences between us as we went in slightly different directions, so that could account for some of the time difference. We need to look into it and see what we could have done better. Ultimately in the race tomorrow the tyre degradation is going to play the biggest factor in the result. We will try and get on top of that, manage that well and have a good strategy.