On the way to the hoped-for seventh home win at Silverstone, world champion Lewis Hamilton shocked the competition with a course record. His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, second in qualifying, was the only one to keep up halfway with the Polesetter, three tenths of a second behind. The rest of the field was more than a second behind on Saturday and will have no chance against the highly superior Silver Arrows in the race on Sunday (3.10 pm / RTL and Sky). Sebastian Vettel was only tenth after the paralyzing Ferrari.
“It’s a huge gap between us and third place,” said Hamilton. Max Verstappen in the Red Bull came closest as third, but the Dutchman also had to acknowledge: “You could see early that they were much too fast.” On the course in Central England with a high percentage of full throttle, the Silver Arrows won six of the last seven Great Britain prizes and should continue to expand this record. The 2018 series was only interrupted by the four-time world champion Vettel.
A surprise for Heppenheimer in the fourth round of the World Cup seems impossible. “From my side it was not ideal,” Vettel admitted: “That was definitely not a good qualification, because I was not getting my rhythm all the time.” Heppenheim had technical problems in all three training sessions. First the cooling of his car made it difficult, then the pedals in the footwell had to be repaired several times. “We are at the bottom of the top ten and we also have the wrong tires,” said Vettel, adding: “It really can’t get much worse. I think it will be better tomorrow.” His fastest lap, which had at least brought ninth place, was also canceled due to a mistake to make the 33-year-old abundant.
Hamilton also made a mistake in between and turned with his car. However, the Brit recovered quickly from this and in the end stunned with a round of fables. “Today there is nothing to complain about, that was really good,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff at Sky. The Austrian spoke of the best car the Silver Arrows ever had, but again before the Grand Prix he worried about the stability of the car. “We had some problems there. The important thing is that we get through in the race,” said Wolff.
Nico Hülkenberg did not make it into the decisive third section of qualifying in the Racing Point car and had to be content with 13th place. “The competition is not far away. I want to do a good job in the race,” he said. The 32-year-old from Emmerich returned to Formula 1 this weekend and replaces the Mexican Sergio Perez, who tested positive for the corona virus.