21 July

2018 Formula One Emirates German Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team finishes qualifying with Charles Leclerc in P9 (Q3), and Marcus Ericsson in P13 (Q2)

Weather: FP3: cloudy / heavy rain, 19-20°C air, 23-25°C track; Qualifying: sunny and dry, 22-24°C air, 31-42°C track

It was a very good day for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. The heavy rain spoiled FP3 but Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc took the opportunity to test the C37 in wet conditions. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team drivers tackled the qualifying session on the ultrasoft tyre compound and performed strongly, with one car finishing in Q3 (Charles Leclerc, P9), and the other in Q2 (Marcus Ericsson, P13). Both drivers report having a positive feeling in the car, and are happy with the balance, as well as its performance on this challenging Hockenheim circuit. After three dry sessions and one wet so far this race weekend, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team looks forward to tomorrow – knowing that the as yet unknown weather conditions could be an extra variable in determining the outcome of tomorrow´s race.
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2018 German Grand Prix - Saturday

Mixed feelings after a tough Saturday for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Valtteri set the second fastest time in Qualifying and will start from P2 on the grid
Lewis had to stop the car in Q1 owing to a loss of hydraulic pressure from failed power steering
Valtteri will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix on the UltraSoft tyre
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2018 German Grand Prix: Qualifying Report


Q1 1:13.427
Q2 1:13.072
Q3 1:12.774

Sergio: “I am happy with our performance today. I think the team did a strong job especially considering we lost FP3 to the rain. It wasn’t an easy session and I only just made it through to Q2. I had to make every lap count in every session. P10 is a good place to start the race, but I think the conditions will be much hotter tomorrow. So it will be a completely different game and tyre management will be very important. We can certainly aim for points and hopefully beat some of the cars ahead of us.” [Read More!]
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21 JULY 2018

MAX VERSTAPPEN Position: 4th 1:11.822 (Practice 3 – no time set)
“Fourth was the maximum we could do. You have to be realistic going into Qualifying and if you don’t have the horsepower you can’t expect to be at the front. I was very happy with my lap, I feel we extracted the most out of the car so a satisfying day from my point of view. The plan was to start on Softs but the red flag in Q2 changed that. Looking back, I think we would have been ok but we wanted to make sure we progressed to Q3, so we will now start the race on Ultrasofts. This compound should be stronger for the start sequence. It’s then unknown how the tyres will degrade due to the track temperature being different from Friday compared to the race. Our pace should be better tomorrow than in Qualifying so with a good start I’ll see how I can progress. I think I’m starting on the inside which isn’t ideal but being on the second row helps. It was good to see all the fans out there, I’m not sure if they were cheering Sebastian as I was following him, or myself, but either way it was nice to see.” [Read More!]
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German Grand Prix Qualifying


Sergey Sirotkin qualified 12th and Lance Stroll 19th for the German Grand Prix
Both Sergey and Lance qualified on the ultrasoft Pirelli tyre
Sergey and Lance went P1 and P7 on their initial runs in Q1, but moved down the order to P13 and P17 as others improved
Lance did not make any further improvements during Q1 and finished P19 with a laptime of 1:14.206, Sergey progressed into Q2 with a time of 1:13.708.
A red flag in Q2 was caused by gravel on the track at turn 13
Sergey made further improvements and finished P12, missing out on Q3 by 0.7s
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July 21, 2018
A tough day of qualifying for the German Grand Prix, full driver and team quotes:

Pierre Gasly (STR13-02, Car 10)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:35.659, pos. 5th, 6 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:13.749, Pos. 17th
"It's such a shame to go out in qualifying so early. We hoped we would see some rain for the session but it didn't happen unfortunately. It's pretty difficult for us at the moment because the other teams are improving and we haven't made the step forward we would have liked, so we need to work hard to catch the others. I know the team is working flat out, but we are still struggling with pace. I knew it wouldn't have been easy to make it to Q2 today, and in the end we missed it by just four-hundredths of a second. However, considering our times yesterday, our race pace looks competitive, so hopefully tonight we can find a good strategy for tomorrow. Everything's possible - of course we will need some lucky happenings to make our way through the pack, but we will give it our everything to recover as many positions as we can."
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"New parts are improving our performance and we are moving in the right direction"

Hockenheimring, Saturday 21 July
Heavy rain throughout the morning meant neither driver posted a time in the final practice session at Hockenheim. Both drivers took to the track to examine the conditions shortly after the start of the session – Stoffel doing two out-laps and Fernando one – but the team deemed it too wet to do any representative running.

Despite threats of further rain and storms, conditions improved in time for qualifying, which remained dry for the full hour.

Stoffel, still battling car issues affecting the balance of his car, struggled to set a solid time on his final quick-lap. He qualified in 20th position, but will start 19th due to penalties for RIC.

Fernando, meanwhile, had a more positive session, finishing 14th in Q1 to progress through into Q2. With a run each on both the Options and the Primes, he ultimately qualified in 11th position, allowing him a free choice of tyre compounds for tomorrow’s race.
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2018 Formula 1 Emirates German Grand Prix, Saturday

21 July 2018

The fourth row of the grid for tomorrow’s Emirates Grosser Preis von Deutschland will comprise of Renault Sport Formula One Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz after a nail-bitingly close qualifying session at the 4.57km Hockenheimring today.

Following a wet FP3, clouds threatened further precipitation for qualifying, but dry tyres were used throughout. Nico was the quicker driver, qualifying seventh, just 0.016 secs off the car ahead, whilst Carlos was a tenth behind Nico in eighth.
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German Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap

Jul 21, 2018
Event: Qualifying for the German Grand Prix (Round 11 of 21)
Date: Saturday, July 21
Location: Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg
Layout: 4.574-kilometer (2.842-mile), 17-turn circuit
Weather: Slightly overcast
Air Temps: 21.8-24.1 degrees Celsius (71.2-75.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 30.9-41.8 degrees Celsius (87.6-107.2 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pole Winner: Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari (1:11.212 – new track record)
Result: Kevin Magnussen qualified 5th / Romain Grosjean qualified 6th
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German Grand Prix - P1 and P3 at Hockenheimring

Seb’s and Kimi’s comments on today’s qualifying session

Hockenheim, July 21 – Scuderia Ferrari qualified in pole position for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix, courtesy of Sebastian Vettel. His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen will start the race from P3.

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20 July

2018 Formula One Emirates German Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

Weather: FP1: sunny and dry, 27-30°C air, 36-46°C track; FP2: sunny and dry, 31-32°C air, 47-49°C track

A positive day of free practice sessions saw Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi at the wheels of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s C37s during FP1, while Marcus Ericsson took back his cockpit from Antonio Giovinazzi for the second session of the day. The team completed aerodynamic tests and drove on all three tyre compounds. The collected data will be used in preparation for tomorrow’s qualifying session.
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2018 German Grand Prix: Practice Report


FP1 1:15.415 P11 29 laps
FP2 1:14.552 P11 38 laps

Sergio: “It’s been a positive day. We collected a lot of information and I’m happy with how things are going so far. The main conclusion I take from today is that the middle of the grid is very close once again and we will need to optimise everything to make Q3 tomorrow. I feel optimistic we can find some more performance tonight and the conditions could change for the weekend – we think it’s going to be a bit cooler and there is talk of some rain. There is definitely a good opportunity for us to go well this weekend and be competitive.”
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German Grand Prix Practice


Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: It was a pretty good day. We brought a new front wing to this event which is completely new from left to right. We conducted a very thorough programme in FP1 with a lot of data flow measurements and flow visualisation. At one stage the car was almost completely painted green. The programme was extremely well executed by the team both in preparation and execution. We’ve adopted the front wing for the rest of the weekend, as it did everything intended and we obtained positive comments from the drivers. We continued work in FP2 with a range of tyres and some further aerodynamic tests. We have a lot of analysis to do tonight to determine how we configure the car for the race, but so far so good. A special thanks to the team back at base for all of the effort to get these new parts to this event.
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20 JULY 2018

First Practice Session: 1:13.714 Position: 3, Laps: 34
Second Practice Session: 1:13.085 Position: 1, Laps: 18
“In summary, a pretty good Friday. I feel like we have a good balance with the car which shows by topping Practice 2. It was a nice surprise to start so competitively here but we have to remember it is only Friday. The others will be quicker for Qualifying but certainly a better than expected start. We are looking competitive ahead of tomorrow, along with this we need to wait and see how the weather is going to behave as this could have a big impact. I haven’t had a chance to do a proper long run yet but the feeling is good for now. We lost a few laps due to a small oil leak this afternoon but this was quickly fixed and I managed to get a few laps in at the end of the session to make sure everything was fine. The tight parts of the track, sectors 1 and 3, feel good and I think our pace shows in these areas. Let’s hope we are in a similar position or at least close tomorrow.”
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2018 German Grand Prix - Friday

Promising start to the weekend for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

In the morning session, Lewis came home in P2 with Valtteri in P5
Lewis finished the afternoon session in P2 with Valtteri in P3
Today’s programme focused on tyre performance and wear rate as well as start performance

Lewis Hamilton, F1 W09 EQ Power+/01
FP1 29 Laps 1:13.529 P2 Soft, UltraSoft
FP2 39 Laps 1:13.111 P2 Medium, UltraSoft

Valtteri Bottas F1 W09 EQ Power+/04
FP1 30 Laps 1:13.903 P5 Soft, UltraSoft
FP2 39 Laps 1:13.190 P3 Soft, UltraSoft
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