Friday’s training was canceled due to bad weather, in which the rescue helicopter could not take off. The sun shone on the Nürburgring on Saturday, but the air temperature reached only 8 degrees Celsius.
The activity on the track was, of course, great from the beginning. Only Lance Stroll was missing on the track. After a quarter of an hour, the team confirmed that it was not a technical problem, but Stroll was not well and missed the training (at that time it was not clear whether he would enter the qualification).
A big problem at the Nürburgring is the crumbling of the tires, which is the result of low temperatures. The riders managed it without accidents. Only Sebastian Vettel spun in the 14th turn and George Russell later ended up in a similar place on the grass, on which he slid, but avoided the barrier. At the end, Latifi also spun at the end of the circuit.
The riders gradually rode fast bikes. The order at the head changed. McLaren, Red Bull and Renault drivers got there. In the end, however, Bottas took the lead. Lewis Hamilton had to give up several of his attempts. At the end of the training, however, he managed to get to second place.
At the end of training, Ferrari came to life. Leclerc took second place, Vettel was also relatively high in the standings.
Qualification for the Eifel Grand Prix begins at 15:00.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:26.896||0.671||24||soft|
|7||Sergio perez||Racing Point||1:27.245||1.020||25||soft|
|9||Alexander Albon||Red Bull||1:27.449||1.224||23||soft|
|13||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren||1:27.924||1.699||29||soft|
|14||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||1:27.956||1.731||25||soft|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||1:28.370||2.145||25||soft|
12:59: Hamilton second …
12:58: Leclerc second!
12:55: Latifi in hours.
12:52: Bottas fastest in all sectors – and 0.8 seconds before Verstappen.
12:42: But Bottas is now in first place – 1: 26.968
12:41: Hamilton gave up the first attempt, but now overtakes Bottas and is second.
12:40: Mercedes are already testing the qualification simulation. Bottas is second so far.
12:38: And Verstappen is first again.
12:37: Ricciardo first …. mercedesy lukewarm so far. Hamilton 18th, Bottas just three places higher.
12:36: Russell slid across the lawn … continues, the car isn’t damaged.
12:33: Norris beats Ocon by 3,000ths.
12:32: Grosjean: “This is a beautiful track.”
12:31: Ocon comes first.
12:29: Sainz complains that his hands are freezing, Hamilton then complains about his DAS system …
12:19: Albon goes to second place …
12:18: Vettel in hours ….
12:14: Stroll didn’t go and won’t go. He’s not well. His condition will be assessed after training. It is not yet clear whether he will participate in the qualification.
12:09: Verstappen first …
12:08: Stroll was not on the track. Vettel only has an installation wheel on his account.
12:05: Pérez on the forehead. Kvjat also rode on soft ones.
12:01: The riders put on slicks, Pérez on the soft, the others so far on the middle.
12:00: we are starting! The first cars on the track.
11:59: But it’s still cold … the temperature is only 8 ° C, the track doesn’t have much more (13 ° C).
11:56: Both of yesterday’s training sessions were canceled because a rescue helicopter could not take off if necessary. The situation should not be repeated today. On the one hand, the weather is better, but the FIA has also prepared an alternative place from which to start the helicopter. It is located about 3 km from the circuit at a lower altitude. An ambulance would take the injured person to the scene. Nevertheless, the limit of 20 minutes for transport to the hospital set out in the International Sporting Code would be met.
11:52: Welcome to the online broadcast from the third and only training session at the Eifel GP.