As expected, the Barcelona qualifying was very close. In the gallery we once again show the highlights of the exciting individual time trial in the Catalan furnace.
According to the statistics, Saturday in Barcelona is almost the more important day than Sunday. 74 percent of all races on the Catalan Grand Prix circuit have been won from pole position. No other route has a better rate to offer. Qualifying is correspondingly important here.
In the final section of the individual time trial, the tension could hardly have been greater. Charles Leclerc incorporated a spin into his first attempt. The world championship leader had no time to show until shortly before the end. But then the Monegasse was freezing with an outside temperature of more than 33°C.
Although Max Verstappen had put him under pressure with a really great round on the first try, Leclerc managed to counterattack at the last second. In the end, the two World Championship competitors were separated by three tenths. It could have been even closer if the DRS hadn't gone on strike at the decisive moment on the Red Bull with starting number 1.
Disappointment for Vettel
There were ups and downs for the German pilots. Sebastian Vettel could not confirm the good training impressions with his retreaded Aston Martin. The man from Heppenheim was thrown out in Q1 and in the evening he was still pondering with his engineers why things weren't going better.
Mick Schumacher had a setback in the third practice session when the rear brakes failed. The Haas driver had to stand by and watch the competition practice for qualifying. But when it came to the sausage, Schumi was there again and showed strong nerves. It was even enough to get into the third round.
You could also see smiling faces at Mercedes after qualifying. The Silver Arrow finally behaves like a real Formula 1 car. To celebrate the day, tennis star Roger Federer also stopped by the Silver Arrow Garage. We'll once again show you the best pictures from qualifying in the gallery.