After the break caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Robert Kubica cannot complain about boredom in recent weeks. In the first half of July, the Pole participated in training before the Styrian Grand Prix. Last week he inaugurated the DTM series season, and now he sat in the Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen car.
Ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix race to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first season of the World Cup at Silverstone, the focus is on … the tires. Last week, three drivers had their cars destroyed on the same track. It was then that Lewis Hamilton “crawled” to the finish line, covering the last few hundred meters without a single tire, practically on the rim.
On Friday, the drivers had perfect conditions for testing tires, because the weather did not spare them. The track was quite hot and it felt like an oven. This made the tires wear out quickly. Some drivers had problems even after completing two fast laps.
Mercedes cars dominated in the first training. Both drivers – Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas – had a clear advantage over the rest of the teams. The latter was the fastest. The other teams lost more than 0.5 seconds to this duo. Clear progress compared to the first weekend at Silverstone was seen with the Racing Point team. Niko Hulkenberg performed very well, replacing Sergio Perez, who is infected with coronavirus. The German made the fourth time, which is probably the biggest sensation of the first training.
Kubica recorded the 19th time. Only Kevin Magnussen (Haas) rode slower than him. Another of the Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen drivers – Kimi Raikkonen – was just ahead of the Pole.
Four races in the ongoing F1 season are behind us. Lewis Hamilton begins to build his lead in the overall championship. The six-time winner of the cycle has 88 points on his account and thirty points ahead of his team mate – Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, third in this ranking, has 52 points.