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Formula 1: Vettel debacle goes into the next round - Mercedes dominates qualifying


Formula 1: Today is the Spanish Grand Prix. There was a crazy crash beforehand - and Vettel follows again. The live ticker.

Formula 1: Today is the Spanish Grand Prix. There was a crazy crash beforehand - and Vettel follows again. The live ticker.

  • Formula 1 starts the sixth race of the season in a corona risk area .
  • In Catalonia, Sebastian Vettel could get back on track due to an innovation.
  • There was a crazy crash in the third free practice.

1 Hamilton2 Bottas3 Verstappen4 perez
5 stroll6 Albon7 Sainz8 Norris
9 Leclerc10 Gasly11 Vettel12 Kvyat
13 Ricciardo14 Raikkonen15 Ocon16 Magnussen
17 Grosjean18 Russell19 Latifi20 Giovinazzi

>>> UPDATE <<<

Update from August 16, 1:10 p.m.: In exactly two hours, the lights in Barcelona will turn green. But before Formula 1 starts, Mick Schumacher has put a small exclamation mark in Formula 2.

Michael Schumacher's son took his fourth podium this season on Sunday. In the sprint race in Barcelona , the 21-year-old Prema driver finished third behind the Brazilian Felipe Drugovich (MP Motorsport) and the Italian Luca Ghiotto (Hitech). In the main race on Saturday, Schumacher was sixth, with 79 points in the overall ranking in the chasing group.

“We brought it together well this weekend, especially in the second race, but of course we always want more and look forward to Spa,” said Schumacher. The Belgian Ardennes circuit is the next stop in Formula 2 on the last weekend in August.

Update from August 16, 11:41 a.m.: The Spanish Grand Prix starts in a good four hours. We are excited to see whether a team will succeed in breaking through the supremacy of Mercedes. Max Verstappen in the Red Bull is most likely to be trusted. But whether he has a chance of victory?

You probably don't have to reckon with Ferrari in Barcelona - the Scuderia's performance so far at the weekend has been too weak. But let's just let ourselves be surprised.

Formula 1: Vettel debacle goes into the next round - Mercedes dominates qualifying

4:02 p.m .: Q3 is through! Hamilton takes pole from Bottas and Verstappen . Looks familiar to us, this constellation. Perez and Stroll follow in the Racing Points, Albon in the second Red Bull, the two McLaren with Sainz and Norris as well as Leclerc in the Ferrari and Gasly in the Alpha Tauri complete the top ten. The starting grid at a glance:

Career pole No. 92 for @LewisHamilton 👏 # SpanishGP 🇪🇸 # F1

- Formula 1 (@ F1) August 15, 2020

3:54 p.m .: Vettel is only two thousandths missing in tenth place and thus to Q3. The Ferrari driver is of course disappointed with the Sky microphone. He hits the reset button every time, but it just doesn't pay off. After all: in eleventh place, he will be the first driver to have a free choice of tires on Sunday.

3:41 pm: Oh no, Seb! Vettel is out, only eleventh place in Q2! The German, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Räikkönen and Ocon have to give up and can no longer slip into the top ten. Vettel is 1.155 seconds behind the leading Hamilton , Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc was eighth - around 0.2 seconds faster than the Heppenheimer.

3:21 p.m.: Q1 is through! Magnussen, Grosjean, Russell, Latifi and Giovinazzi say goodbye. Sebastian Vettel finished tenth in the first lap, right at the front of course: Lewis Hamilton.

Update from 3:02 p.m.: Those were crazy scenes that we saw at the end of the third free practice session. Will there be another crash in qualifying ? What is Sebastian Vettel doing ? The qualifying runs, we are in the live ticker here.

Formula 1: Spanish Grand Prix in live ticker - amazing crash in third free practice.

Update from August 15, 1:55 p.m.: What a dramatic end to the third free practice session! Estaban Ocon was on the track with his Renault and drove at top speed against an extremely slow driving Kevin Magnussen in the Haas. The Frenchman could not evade in time and hit the wall on the right. Ocon lost his front wing in the collision and caused red flags with his crash in the remaining minutes. Now the mechanics have to get down to work to get the car back into shape for qualifying at 3 p.m.

Drama between Esteban Ocon and Kevin Magnussen at the end of FP3 💥 👀 # SpanishGP 🇪🇸 # F1

- Formula 1 (@ F1) August 15, 2020

Lewis Hamilton once again conjured up the fastest lap on the asphalt in front of Valtteri Bottas , while Sebastian Vettel does not seem to see any improvement - twelfth place is the sobering result.

Update from August 14th, 4:54 pm: “F ***, that was close”, Valtteri Bottas grumbled over the team radio, “ I almost hit a bird. “But can the Mercedes driver be sure that it was really close? In slow motion you can see the car shoot out of the Campsa curve, behind him feathers are puffing into the air .

While the day could not have gone any worse for poor bird, Bottas and especially his racing team should be completely satisfied after the free practice. The Mercedes duo say hello with best times of first and second place. Lewis Hamilton is in the lead with a lap of 1.16.8 minutes.

That's a wrap on our Friday running - and it's a familiar top three # SpanishGP 🇪🇸 # F1

- Formula 1 (@ F1) August 14, 2020

Sebastian Vettel , however, did not make it into the top ten . A good one and a half seconds behind Hamilton, the German is only twelfth . Ferrari colleague Leclerc moved up to sixth place. In the first free practice it looked even better: Vettel was fifth, Leclerc fourth. Bottas, Hamilton and Verstappen were at the top.

Formula 1 in the live ticker: New hope for Sebastian Vettel - bad news for Nico Hülkenberg

First report from August 13th: Barcelona - The sixth race weekend of the current Formula 1 season * starts on Friday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya . Ironically, the pilots go to the start in the corona risk area, where German vacationers are warned against a stay.

Formula 1 in the live ticker: Surprise winner in Spain too? Vettel with a new attempt

One of the favorites for the Spanish Grand Prix * is the current track winner, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton . But there was already a surprise last week at the 70th anniversary Grand Prix in Silverstone * when Max Verstappen from the Red Bull Team * left his competitors behind and secured first place. So there could be surprises again. In the drivers' standings * Hamilton is 30 points ahead of Verstappen, but the lead could continue to melt.

Who has absolutely nothing to do with the top this season is Sebastian Vettel *. The Heppenheimer is in a real epidemic season and attracted attention less with his driving style than with his ongoing conflict with the Ferrari * managers over Mattia Binotto and disputes with his team. But a positive trend could begin in Spain .

Formula 1 in the live ticker: New chassis could open up opportunities for Vettel - bad news for Hülkenberg

In view of Vettel's lap times, it was assumed that barely visible damage to the chassis was the main reason for his poor performance. Now the Italian racing team reacted and provided the four-time world champion * with a new frame for the race near Barcelona. The 33-year-old is now under particularly close observation . Should he end up well behind his team-mate Charles Leclerc again , a fault in the chassis can be ruled out.

A "small fault" to his car saw Sebastian Vettel struggle in comparison to his Ferrari teammate at Silverstone.

He'll have a new chassis for the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.


- BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 12, 2020

Another German pilot, who maneuvered himself in the foreground with strong times, is no longer in Barcelona . Nico Hülkenberg made his short-term comeback for the Racing Point * team and was in the cockpit of both races at Silverstone, UK.

He represented the Mexican driver Sergio Perez , who was infected with the corona virus and was therefore unable to participate in the two races. For Hülkenberg, however, the brief assignment was a blessing: he is already in talks with two teams. There were also rumors of a Ferrari commitment.

CONFIRMED: We're pleased to share the news that @SChecoPerez has tested negative for COVID-19 💪

The @fia have confirmed that Checo can return to the @ F1 paddock and he will compete for the team in this weekend's #SpanishGP 🙌 pic.

- BWT Racing Point F1 Team (@ RacingPointF1) August 13, 2020

Formula 1 weekend in the live ticker: three days of caution in the corona risk area - 25,000 tests already carried out

But why is Formula 1 * making a detour to Spain, where even a driver was infected with the new virus? Apparently you feel safe. The Foreign Office warns against traveling to the Catalonia region again, but the race weekend will take place as planned. “Corona doesn't only exist in Spain. We just have to be careful, ”said Max Verstappen. As part of Formula 1, 25,000 tests have been carried out since the start , three of which were positive. (ajr) * is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.

Source: merkur

All sports articles on 2020-08-16

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