Tuscan GP qualifying Live: Hamilton edges pole, Ocon spin ruins Bottas chances

Lewis extends his pole record after being on the back foot all weekend

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Join me back on the Brig tomorrow for live coverage of the Tuscan GP, build up will start at 13:30 with lights out at 14:10

Charles Leclerc was arguably the stand out driver in qualifying as he starts 5th ahead of both Racing Point cars and just three tenths off of Alexander Albon.
The Monegasque will find tomorrow a battle as he will have a hell of a time keeping a lot of cars he starts ahead of behind him come the chequered flag.


Final classifications for the race tomorrow.



To put Hamilton’s dominince in the Mercedes over the last seven years into perspective. The six time world champion has now taken more poles for the Mercedes team than Micheal Schumacher took in his whole career

Hamilton doesn’t improve but takes pole anyway as Ocon spun out and stopped on track in sector one Completely wrecking any chance of Bottas taking the fight to the champion.

Mercedes continue a clean sweep of poles so far this year. They’re having a better 2020 than most of the world right now.

Can anyone stop this car?
It’s two by two by two so far as Mercedes followed by Red Bull followed by Racing Point.

No party mode, but extra performance by both Mercedes in thier first Q3 runs. Hamilton banging in a 1:15:144 with Bottas just 0.059 behind him. Max crushes all our hopes of a 3rd wheel added into the mix as he comes across the line a massive 0.402 behind the championship leader.

Q3 underway, and we have a Ferrari in the mix for the first time since Spain.
If you think the battle between the two Mercedes is close, and it is at just 0.013 of a second, add a dash of Red Bull into the mix at just over a tenth back and we could be in for a treat here.

It’s another early bath for Vettel as he finishes in 14th, again behind a customer car in the form of Kimi Raikonnen’s Alpha Romeo. Sainz pips his teammate by just a tenth to knock the young Brit out of qualifying.

Q2 Eliminations:

11Lando Norris4McLaren1:16.640
12Daniil Kvyat26AlphaTauri1:16.854
13Kimi Raikkonen7Alfa Romeo1:16.854
14Sebastian Vettel5Ferrari1:16.858
15Romain Grosjean8Haas1:17.254

Four way fight for 10th by the looks of it, who will make it through? Norris, Sainz, Kvyatt, and Vettel are all seperated by just three tenths going into the final runs of the session. Norris being the driver with the advantage at the moment.

Verstappen has found a few tenths in his Q2 run, and although still in 3rd in just 0.162 behind the lead car of Hamilton. Game on?

Leclerc looks like he might be able to make the top 10 and give the Scuderia a bit of cheer this weekend as he finished in 6th in the last session. With no party modes, his chances may be better than past weekends.

Mclaren aren’t looking too strong this weekend and are well off the pace of the front of the midfield runners.

Q1 is done, and the mega high of a week ago has been replaced with the mega low of being knocked out of Q1 for Gasly.

Sebastian Vettel snuck in to Q2 by the skin of his teeth.

Q1 Eliminations:

16Pierre Gasly10AlphaTauri1:17.125
17Antonio Giovinazzi99Alfa Romeo1:17.220
18George Russell63Williams1:17.232
19Nicholas Latifi6Williams1:17.320
20Kevin Magnussen20Haas1:17.348

The drivers at risk of being punted out of the next session are Both Haas drivers, Williams’ George Russell, Kimi Raikonnen in the Alpha Romeo, and last weeks surprise winner Pierre Gasly in the now race winning Alpha Tauri.

First round of lap times on the clock and it’s Bottas over Hamilton by the slightest of margins. 0.029 is all that seperates the leading pairas they go straight into the 1:15s

Verstappen is miles back, over half a second shy in 3rd. Charles Leclerc pops the lead Ferrari up in 7th while Latifi in the Williams is ahead of the four time champion Vettel.

What’s everyones thoughts on the new Ferrari livery for their 1000th GP?
The Scuderia are celebrating the landmark with their original colours.
It might be the only thing they celebrate this weekend given their form.

Q1 is underway, Bottas has led every practice session so far this weekend, can the Finn take the fight to championship leading teammate Hamilton?

Meanwhile Perez will be keen to put himself in the shop window to stay in the sport after being punted for Vettel next year.

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