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Result GP Belgium 2018: Results Practice, Qualifying & amp; run

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Result Formula 1 GP Belgium 2018
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D he decision between the two World Cups -Rivals who started from scratch on the starting grid fell in the first few meters. With superior Ferrari power, Vettel pushed himself relatively easily out of the slipstream on the long Kemmel straight past the Silver Arrow. And even after that, Vettel confidently controlled the distance to the rear. In the end, 11 seconds separated the fastest drivers of the day.

“Last year, I couldn't get past him on the straight. This time it was better with slightly smaller wings, ”beamed the Heppenheimer at the finish. “Lewis pushed very hard in the first stint. In the last 15 laps he then took it a little easier. I was able to control the distance and relax a bit. ”Hamilton, on the other hand, looked a bit pissed off at the finish:“ I gave everything. But Sebastian just drove past me on the straight. ”

F1 comes from the holidays with a bang

Behind the leading duo, there was a mass collision in the first corner. Nico Hülkenberg missed his braking point and slipped Fernando Alonso into the rear with stationary tires. The pushed McLaren rose from the rear of Charles Leclerc's cleaner and flew three feet through the air. He not only touched Leclerc's halo bar but also the rear wing of Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull.

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Alonso flew through the field like a bowling ball at the start.

Alonso then made serious reproaches to Hülkenberg: “Such a mistake must not happen at such a level. He completely missed his braking point. The consequences were pretty severe. Fortunately, nothing happened to anyone. The next time he should be in one of theseThink twice about the situation. “After crossing the finish line, the stewards decide on a possible penalty for the next race in Monza.

However, Alonso and Leclerc were not the only victims of Hülkenberg. Daniel Ricciardo was pushed into the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen through contact with the McLaren, who damaged the rear wing and the right rear tire. After a short repair, both cars were sent back to the railroad with considerable backlog. But because there was no rain or other unusual circumstances in sight, Raikkonen and Ricciardo gave up prematurely in a hopeless situation.

Verstappen celebrates podium

In the fight for third podium place, Max Verstappen made it early in the Race short process with the two Force India. After overtaking maneuvers against Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, which were well worth seeing, the orange-clad fans in the stands freaked out. However, Verstappen couldn't do anything against Hamilton and Vettel at the top. The gap in the end was a massive 20.3 seconds. “It was a bit chaotic at first. But then I did my own race. More was not possible today ”, the Dutchman explained with some satisfaction.

Shortly before the end of the race, the two Force India lost one place to Valtteri Bottas. The Finn had fought his way through the whole field after an engine-related starting position penalty and a front wing change after a collision at the beginning of the race and was rewarded with 4th place. The last points collected the two Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen as well as Pierre Gasly in the Toro Rosso and Marcus Ericsson in the Sauber.

Qualification: rain washes Hamilton on pole

A rain shower at the right time helped Lewis Hamilton achieve pole position at Spa-Francorchamps. Sebastian Vettel had to be content with second place on the wet track. Force India starts sensationally from the second row.

In the first two qualifying sections, a Ferrari had turned the fastest lap. But in the break before the decisive lap, the sky over Spa-Francorchamps suddenly opened its floodgates and forced all drivers to switch to intermediate tires. And just like before the summer break in Hungary, Lewis Hamilton coped best with the slippery conditions.

In the decisive attempt shortly before the end of the session, when the track was already starting to dry up a bit, the world champion kept his nerve and drove the fastest Q3 lap in 1: 58.179 minutes. Sebastian Vettel was more than 7 tenths missing, which was still enough for second place.

'That was really one of the toughest qualifying sessions of my career,' said Hamilton. “I don't know whether Ferrari would have had pole position safely in dry conditions. We were also close in Q2. Then the rain came and nobody knew what to expect.We didn't have these conditions for the whole weekend before. That was really difficult. I'm very happy that I managed to get a good lap together at the very end. ”

Ferrari timing is not right

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With 3.6 seconds behind, Esteban Ocon finished 3rd on the grid

Sebastian Vettel, who made a strong impression on the dry track, was not entirely dissatisfied either: “The timing wasn't that good. In the crucial last lap, I ran out of electrical energy. We could have managed that a little better. Then a little more would have been possible. '

' With these conditions, it could have been worse. That's why I'm not so unhappy with second place. Unfortunately, we will never know whether we would have been fast enough for pole on the dry track. But we know we have a good car for tomorrow's race. Everything is still in there. ”

Force India delivered the biggest surprise. Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez coped well with the conditions and surprisingly put their pink cars on the second row of the grid. “Third place is a great result for us,” beamed Ocon. “The team has had a difficult time. That was a great job from everyone today. Many thanks to the team. I got a clean lap. I'm already looking forward to tomorrow's race. ”

Red Bull and Raikkonen with the wrong tactics

With Romain Grosjean in 5th place, another Frenchman is unusually far ahead. The Haas driver shares the third row of the grid with Kimi Räikkönen in the second Ferrari. When the track offered the most grip shortly before the end of the session, the Finn had to turn into the pits with an empty tank. The two Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo also had too little fuel and had to watch without a chance as the competition got faster and faster.

At the very bottom of the timesheet were the four drivers of the two traditional teams Williams and McLaren. But there are two other drivers in the back row on Sunday. Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hülkenberg are pushed back by engine penalties. Hulkenberg had thatQualifying finished in 15th place without time in Q2. Bottas drove into Q3, where he actually wanted to give Lewis Hamilton a slipstream. The plan was discarded after the rain shower.

Practice 3: Ferrari just ahead of Mercedes

Sebastian Vettel secured the fastest time in the third practice session at the Belgian GP. The Heppenheimer was only a little bit faster than team mate Kimi Räikkönen and Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton.

After the impressions from the third practice session, the fans can look forward to an exciting qualifying. On the longest route on the calendar, at 7.004 kilometers, the first three drivers were separated by just 0.137 seconds. In the end, Sebastian Vettel had the red nose of his Ferrari a bit ahead. The Heppenheimer turned the fastest lap of the weekend to date in 1: 42.661 minutes.

Kimi Räikkönen in the sister car was hot on the heels of his German teammate. The Finn was missing 63 thousandths of the Vettel brand. And Lewis Hamilton couldn't be shaken off either. The fastest Mercedes was only a tenth behind the two Ferraris in cool but dry conditions.

Bottas sends Vandoorne into the meadow

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With a bit of luck, Stoffel Vandoorne was able to prevent a heavy impact.

Valtteri Bottas in the second Silver Arrow, on the other hand, did not achieve a good round. The Finn ended up only in 4th position, 8 tenths behind. In addition, the Finn created the most spectacular situation of the session. 10 minutes before the end, Bottas overlooked Stoffel Vandoorne's McLaren on the long straight. The local hero had to move to the meadow and lost control of his car. Vandoorne was lucky that his company car hit the gang only slightly after a pirouette. Bottas admitted his mistake, but got off relatively lightly with a warning.

Sauber leads midfield

Third force was Red Bull in the third training session as in the two previous sessions 1.7 seconds behind, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are far from the other two top teams. Must be with the copsyou should rather watch out for the midfield teams that are lurking from behind and will certainly show off even more in qualifying with more engine power.

The crown in the densely staggered midfield went to Sauber driver Charles Leclerc in the third practice session. It was followed by Sergio Perez, the first Force India and Nico Hülkenberg in a Renault. At the very bottom of the table were the drivers from Toro Rosso, Williams and McLaren. Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly, who will be a new Verstappen team-mate at Red Bull in 2019, made a little slapstick insert in the third training session. When leaving the narrow pit lane, the Frenchman spun around his own axis.

Practice 2: Ferrari dominates Friday

After Sebastian Vettel did the first practice session at Spa-Francorchamps had turned fastest lap, Kimi Raikkonen set a second best time for Ferrari in the afternoon. After a mistake in his qualifying simulation, Vettel only landed 5th.

The final spurt of the 2019 Formula 1 season has begun. On Friday (August 24th, 2018) in Spa, Ferrari got the most out of the starting blocks. Kimi Räikkönen set the Scuderia's second fastest time in the second session. The fastest lap of the Finns was stopped with 1: 43.355 minutes. With that he undercut the best time of team-mate Sebastian Vettel from the first session by a second.

For the Heppenheimer, things didn't go as smoothly in the afternoon as in the morning. In his qualifying simulation, Vettel built in a gross mistake, which in the end threw him almost eight tenths behind his teammate. In the table that meant only 5th place. But the good performance of the sister car should also give the Vettel fans courage.

Mercedes close to Ferrari

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Mercedes did not get along so well on the medium tires.

Mercedes didn't lag far behind. Lewis Hamilton was just one and a half tenths short of the iceman's best time. Valtteri Bottas finished in third place, four and a half tenths behind. However, the Silver Arrow doesn't seem to drive that easily. Small slips and brakes were clear signs that the pilots were not yet completely happy with the setupare.

Team principal Toto Wolff drew a mixed conclusion: “On one lap it went very well. With the soft tires we were well on the way in the long runs, but not so well on the medium tires. ”At Mercedes, it is already interesting to see whether the engine update can keep up with Ferrari. 'We won't see the truth until the third qualifying section, when everyone puts their cards on the table.'

Vettel, for his part, did not want to interpret too much in the timesheet. “After Friday there isn't much that can be said about the pace. After all, the new engine does what it's supposed to do. Everything worked, ”said the Heppenheimer. When asked about the changeable weather forecast for Saturday, the Ferrari driver was unimpressed: “We have had problems in the rain in the past. We analyzed that. We will only see if we have drawn the right conclusions when the time comes. ”

Perez leads midfield

As expected, Red Bull only seems to be playing third fiddle at Spa . Max Verstappen was almost 7 tenths missing in the second training session, Daniel Ricciardo was almost 9 tenths behind the record. The power disadvantage cannot be eliminated by ultra-flat wings. Without the help of Petrus, Red Bull would probably not have a chance at the top starting positions at Spa.

As in the first session, the best midfield driver was in Force India. After Esteban Ocon won the title “Best of the Rest” in the morning, team mate Sergio Perez took seventh place in the afternoon, directly behind the drivers of the three top teams. With Carlos Sainz in 8th place, Renault also made a good impression again. The two Saubers secured the last two positions in the top ten.

Nico Hülkenberg did not quite make it into the top ten. The Rhinelander finished eleventh, 2.4 seconds behind. At the very bottom of the table was Stoffel Vandoorne, as in the first meeting. A technical problem kept the local hero in the garage for a long time. When the McLaren was finally ready for action, there was a lack of pace.

Training 1: Vettel comes home with the best time from the holidays

Sebastian Vettel has the first best time of the Belgium- Weekend secured. In the opening practice session, the Ferrari driver turned the fastest lap - one and a half tenths faster than Max Verstappen in second place. Mercedes was not far away either.

Normally, Ferrari approaches the race weekend a little more leisurely. The fact that Sebastian Vettel immortalized himself at the top of the timesheet in the first training session in Spa-Francorchamps on Friday (August 24th, 2018) should make Ferrari fans twice as happy.

The Heppenheimer lapped the 7.004 kilometer long Ardennes course in 1: 44.358 minutes, with which he led the ranking with one and a half tenths before Max Verstappen. For the first time this season, it was aFerrari driver secured the best time in the first session.

Problems with Daniel Ricciardo

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Daniel Ricciardo was only able to do a few training laps shortly before the end of the session.

At Red Bull they weren't entirely satisfied despite their second place for Verstappen. Daniel Ricciardo, who announced his move to Renault during the summer break, was kept in the garage for a long time by a drive problem in the area of ​​the injection. The problem was only resolved shortly before the end of the session. But it wasn't enough for the Australian to do more than four laps and finish sixth in the final.

The fastest Mercedes driver was once again Lewis Hamilton in 3rd place. The championship leader, just like his Ferrari rival was on the road with a new engine package, remained a good 3 tenths behind the Vettel brand.

The two Finns Kimi Räikkönen and Valtteri Bottas came in fourth and fifth. Bottas, however, drove his fastest lap on the hard medium tires, while the drivers in front of him all set their best times on the softer softs. But Bottas is out of the question for the race win. An engine penalty throws him back to the end of the field at the start.

Force India fights against Renault

In the midfield, the recently rescued Force India team and the Renault works drivers left behind in the opener the Belgium weekend made the strongest impression. With Esteban Ocon, Nico Hülkenberg, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz, all four drivers of the teams mentioned were in the back of the top ten. At more than 1.4 seconds, the gap to the top was already considerable.

The McLaren drivers fitted in at the back of the table. Youngster Lando Norris was allowed to do test laps for the first time as part of a GP weekend. Fernando Alonso had to watch for it. The young challenger was just able to win the comparison with regular Stoffel Vandoorne. However, local hero Vandoorne was also slowed down by hydraulic problems.

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