(Motorsport-Total.com) – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) withstood the pressure after a spin in Q3 and secured pole position in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. The Monegasque enjoyed a technical problem with his main rival Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who ended his last attack with the radio message “No Power!” had to cancel.
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Charles Leclerc has set four best times in four sessions in Barcelona
In the end, Leclerc achieved a lap time of 1: 18.750 minutes for first place. “It was a good game,” he said happily on the pit radio. He relegated Verstappen by 0.323 and his teammate Carlos Sainz by 0.416 seconds.
George Russell (Mercedes) finished fourth, followed by Sergio Perez (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and Mick Schumacher (Haas).
Sebastian Vettel retired in Q1 and became number 16.
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How was it after the first race in Q3?
1-0 to Red Bull. Verstappen had set the best time of 1: 19.073 minutes and was 0.350 seconds ahead of Sainz. Leclerc was still right ahead of Verstappen after two out of three sectors (mainly thanks to a strong second sector, Verstappen was faster in S1), but then spun in the harassment before the start and finish and was under great pressure before the last race.
Because Leclerc did not have a lap time at the time and was currently in tenth place, he took no risks in the all-important race in Q3 and first ran out on the track to get a free ride and not run the risk of the lap, for example having to abort on due to yellow flags.
What happened in the second half?
Leclerc set a personal record in the first sector and an absolute best in the second sector. It was already clear that it would be difficult for Verstappen to retain first place. Then the Dutchman reported “No power!” and took the gas off before the first split. Spirit relieved at Red Bull: It is now clear that it was not an engine problem.
“DRS has not opened up,” explains Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko. “It was powerfully okay, but because it did not work, he had the feeling that there was something wrong with the engine. Everything was fine with the engine. There was a mechanical fault in the rear wing. We have to see what happened. It is a shame, because Pole was in there. “
Leclerc is happy with pole position: “It was a very good lap and our car works really well. I’m in a good starting position now. But in the last couple of races we’ve always had one drawback compared to Red Bull in terms of tire wear. “Hopefully we can do better in the race.”
‘Sky’ expert Timo Glock is impressed with Leclerc’s’ nerve strength that he has, from the confidence he has in his package and to himself and his car. To implement it in this one way in such a way that one packs another round “. three tenths on it: hat off! It just shows the extra class he has. “
Why were the Mercedes originally in P1 / 2 in Q2?
The result was falsified after the first run in Q2. Mercedes and Perez had put on fresh tires and surprisingly secured a place 1-3. The two Ferraris and Verstappen had completed their first attempt at the used set of tires from Q1 and were therefore noticeably slower – also in direct comparison with their own Q1 laps.
In the end, team manager Toto Wolff tells ‘Sky’, one should not “be unassuming after position four and six. In the 2nd quarter some might have dreamed that we were completely in front. But I want to say where we come from is that’s a very good result. “
How did Mick Schumacher slip into the top 10?
The German qualified in the top 10 for the first time in his career, but needed a little luck to do so. For he was actually in eleventh position at the end of Q2 – but then Lando Norris (McLaren)’s time was canceled, so Schumacher moved back to P10. 0.149 seconds behind Ricciardo, 0.035 seconds ahead of unlucky Norris.
Schumacher did not excel particularly in Q1 and Q2, at least compared to his teammate. In Q1 he was 0.456 seconds slower than Magnussen, in Q2 by 0.626 seconds. And also in Q3 he stayed 0.668 seconds behind Magnussen.
Nevertheless, it was a “really good qualification”, the German believes, referring to his burning rear brake in the final training: “There was uncertainty in the setup, also because the weather conditions were a little different than yesterday. Still Of course it’s nice to have come into Q3. “
In addition to Norris, Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Yuki Tsunoda, Pierre Gasly (both AlphaTauri) and Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) also retired in Q2.
How well does Aston Martin’s “green Red Bull” work?
Apparently not as good as hoped. After some encouraging training performances, Sebastian Vettel at 16 and Lance Stroll at 18 were eliminated in Q1. Vettel could not believe it when he heard the result on the pit radio: “Are you kidding?” He annoyed his racing engineer.
Although Vettel was able to improve his last attempt to 1: 20.954 minutes, he eventually missed the cut (Esteban Ocon in Alpine) by 0.074 seconds. Stroll, meanwhile, has to go to FIA race stewards after qualifying due to an “uncertain release” in the pitlane, where he nearly collided with Norris.
“It’s a little annoying when it’s over so early,” Vettel says. “I thought we could at least finish P11 / 12/13. If it goes well, P8 / 9/10. But I struggled a lot with the balance, I had a lot of oversteer. The lap was clean. I had traffic, I did not a blunder. “
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The two Astons were not the only high-profile victims in Q1. The local hero Fernando Alonso (Alpine) also had to give up early in 17th place. Alonso wanted to hang in the slipstream of Norris-McLaren at the start of his final inning, but was in the “dirty air” and eventually had to give up the attempt.
When is the race in Barcelona?
The Spanish Grand Prix starts at 15.00 on Sunday. In Germany, Sky broadcasts live and exclusively. Prior reporting begins at 13.30 (DISPLAY: All races live without advertising breaks – exclusively on Sky). In addition, host Kevin Scheuren and editor-in-chief Christian Nimmervoll analyze the race on Sunday night on the Formula 1 YouTube channel (subscribe to the channel now and never miss a Formula 1 livestream again).