Vettel and Schumacher are the biggest losers

9:30 pm

Qualification in analysis

Saturday in Barcelona is coming to an end and we say goodbye to the day. The race starts tomorrow at 3:00pm and of course we’ll be there again in the morning with a new bar for you.

Finally, here is a reference to our large video analysis of the qualification. Kevin Schoren and Christian Nimmervall talked about the following topics for about an hour:

Schumacher: Another clear defeat against Magnussen
Vettel: Aston Martin is also following a B version
– Leclerc & Verstappen: Dramatic Pole Battle
Bottas, McLaren and Alonso
– Mercedes: the tires are not in the right window
– Long term update: Ferrari increased!
– Questions from channel members from live chat

Enjoy it and see you tomorrow!


9:06 PM

Haas Pilots Warning

This would also settle the last open question of the day: Magnussen and Schumacher both received a warning for a qualifier walkthrough. So that they can keep their starting places.

However, the issue itself is quite complicated, with the hosts noticing a whopping 55 violations in qualifying. You can see why only Haas drivers are checked in the somewhat longer explanation:

“During the qualifying exercise, there were 55 violations by 18 drivers of the Race Director’s event notes (point 4) regarding the minimum time between SC1 and SC2. The stewards reviewed each case, and the majority of cases were the result of the drivers following another driver who was also on an outside tour. And when each driver tried to create a gap for the previous driver, they went slower in succession until the drivers’ “train” passed the minimum time.

“However, on the five occasions these ‘trains’ developed during qualifying periods, driver 47, Mick Schumacher, and driver 20, Kevin Magnussen were first or nearly first due to the location of their garage, and thus they were able to control the their speed without having to worry about the cars in front of them.”

“Furthermore, Stewards found that cars that failed to follow the Race Director’s event note, were following these two cars. The procedure required in the note is relatively new and has been introduced during this season and has not included a penalty up to this point. However, for the above reasons, the hosts decided That these drivers’ failure to follow instructions was under their control more than any other driver.”

“Because the procedure is new and given the fact that other drivers have broken the instructions, but not to this degree, the stewards are issuing a warning to the drivers involved. And the stewards point out that further violations could lead to increased penalties not only for these drivers but for any competitor who commits a breach. similar in the future.


8:50 pm

Norris isn’t quite fit

Yesterday you could see that the Brit doesn’t look really fit in PK. I have confirmed it now. “Honestly, I haven’t been feeling well all weekend,” he reveals, explaining, “It’s not COVID.” Instead, he suffers from hay fever.

He just doesn’t feel rested, he doesn’t sleep well, and his “energy levels” are worse than they have been for a long time. This may explain why he suffered his first qualifying defeat to Ricciardo today.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that tomorrow will be a little better.


8:39 pm

Sainz is still without a chance

0:5 in a race duel, in a qualifying duel now 0:6 against Leclerc. Sainz is the only driver on the field who has yet to win one of these team home duels against his teammate.

“I find it more complex and faster than last year’s car,” says Sainz when asked about his problems and explains, “This is probably one of the reasons why I’m not quite at that level yet.”

His full statement is here!


8:27 PM

Finally, Schumacher’s first points?

Are you finally working tomorrow and can we delete Mick from our photo thread again? The German himself smiles when asked about it: “I don’t want to shout, so I prefer not to say anything about it.”

Sky expert Timo Glock is more upbeat and explains that Schumacher “did a really good job and made the most of what was available to him with a few laps in FP3. There will be points tomorrow!”


Photo gallery: Top 10: Formula 1 drivers with the most starts without points


7:56 PM

Live broadcast

Don’t forget: in just over half an hour, Kevin Schoren and Christian Niemervall will be reporting live on the Formel1.de YouTube channel with great analysis of qualifying in Barcelona. The following topics are planned:

Schumacher: Another clear defeat against Magnussen
Vettel: Aston Martin is also following a B version
– Leclerc & Verstappen: Dramatic Pole Battle
Bottas, McLaren and Alonso
– Mercedes: the tires are not in the right window
– Long term update: Ferrari increased!
– Questions from channel members from live chat


7:50 pm

Leclerc admits mistakes

Monegasque doesn’t blame the car for its first spin in Q3. “It was a good lap, but I pushed a 14th turn and lost the rear,” he admits, adding, “I locked the rear wheels a little bit, so I went a little too far.”

His full data after the pole can be found here!


7:45 pm

Pirelli: The fastest way to do two stops

Are there really three stops tomorrow? Pirelli does not want to rule this out, but on paper at least, according to the Italians, two stops are the fastest. Medium-Medium-Soft is the best option.

Average softness is a little slower. Two clogs are also possible with all three vehicles, but a solid tire is too slow to be avoided, at least on paper.

So it could be exciting if we really see some different variables tomorrow!


7:38 PM

Ricciardo: First win over Norris

After being 0:5 from the Australian’s point of view in an indoor qualifying duel, he managed to pass Norris for the first time today. “It was a very good session,” he says, satisfied after P9.

“I’m happy with the third quarter. That was our goal,” he explains. He was also lucky, however, because if Norris’ time had not been canceled out in the second quarter, the Briton would have been faster there at least.

Not surprisingly, Norris talks about a “disappointing” end to his day, which has already started “promisingly”. Because in FT3 he was still “better than the rest” in seventh place.

In the cockpit, he could feel that he was within the confines of the track. “But unfortunately it wasn’t me,” he admits. That was the end of his playoffs. “We had a good speed in the car,” he says angrily.

After all: it starts at P11 just behind the points. The counters are definitely still there.


7:31 PM

Bottas: Not in P7 without updates

The upgrades on the Alfa Romeo seem to be working. Bottas explains after P7: “I’m satisfied, the course was good. I don’t think we would have finished seventh today without the upgrades.”

The new parts will probably be “as good as expected,” he says with satisfaction. Basically, the road in Barcelona does not go well with the C42. Feels more comfortable in slow corners.

Anyway, it’s “good” that the updates work. However, his teammate Zhou ranked 15th and last in the second quarter. It will be more difficult for him tomorrow in points.


7:23 pm

Good for Aston Martin

Remember the unconfirmed version of Stroll vs. Norris? Aston Martin now has to shell out 5,000 euros for this. Here is the verdict in brief:

“The Team Car 18 manager admitted, in error, that Team Car 18 launched into the Car 4 track which resulted in an unsafe release.”

Meaning: Aston Martin admitted a mistake.


7:17 PM

AlphaTauri: Q3 didn’t exist today

P13 and P14 for Tsunoda and Gasly, who were previously missed by FT3. “I think we got the most out of the car today, so I should be satisfied with that,” the Japanese say.

He admits: “We’re really struggling with the pace here in Barcelona – especially compared to Miami.” His colleague Gazelle also confirmed that there were difficulties “all weekend”.

“We lack speed on this front,” he agrees, explaining that “something different” was tried to qualify. “But it didn’t work,” he shrugged.

It will probably be hard to finish the points tomorrow, too.


7:09 PM

What exactly do the event notes say?

It literally says under point 4:

Lapses during qualifying and polling sessions To ensure that cars do not drive unnecessarily slowly during all qualifying sessions or during poll sessions when the race pit exit is open, drivers must stay below the FIA ​​maximum time between the safety car lines shown on the pit lane map. “

Roughly speaking, this means that at no point can drivers need more than 1:31 minutes between the two safety car lines. Obviously, both Haas drivers slowed down a lot.


7:04 PM

Schumacher threatens trouble

Something else could happen: both Schumacher and teammate Magnussen have been transferred to the race stewards. Both are said to have driven unapologetically slow in qualifying. Here is the justification in full:

“Alleged violation of Article 12.2.1 1) of the International Sports Act and failure to comply with the Race Director’s event notes (Point 4 of Document 34); driving unnecessarily slow during qualification.”

At 19:15 they have to explain themselves to the race representatives. Of course we’re watching it!


6:59 pm

Perez: Troubles all weekend

The Mexican was more than 0.3 seconds slower than his teammate in the third quarter today. It was much closer this year. “We tried something different in the setup,” he says of his last lap in the third quarter.

“It felt a bit weird, so I didn’t get a good hug,” he says, adding, “I had the impression I had problems all weekend. I didn’t feel well.”

“We tried a few things and the pace was there. But I wasn’t able to get that lap together today,” Perez said.

His hope now is a “good” race pace.


6:51 pm

Albon: The result is not representative

The Williams drivers finished last two today. Albon states that he had “intercourse” on his last attempt. “It’s frustrating because the car and the tires were working,” he says angrily.

“So I’m disappointed that we didn’t get a more representative result,” Albon said. Teammate Latifi was again about 0.3 seconds slower and speaks of a “challenging” qualifier.

“We still lacked speed and a lot in fast corners,” Al-Kindi said. So Williams will once again need to catch up in the race tomorrow…

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