Eifel GP – Qualifying Report

The qualifying session for the grand prix ended with Valtteri Bottas clinching pole position ahead of the race on sunday. The Finnish driver will start ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton in P2. Max Verstappen was breathing down the necks of the Mercedes drivers and secured P3 just three hundredths of a second behind Hamilton.

Charles Leclerc will start alongside Verstappen in the second row, the Monegasque was stellar throughout the singular practice session and throughout qualifying to set himself in P4 and well ahead of his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel who was unable to even make it into Q3. At this stage many are convinced that the German driver is demotivated and is only concerned with seeing out the season before his move to Aston Martin Racing next year. 

The rest of the top ten comprised of Alex Albon in fifth ahead of former Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo. Esteban Ocon, Lando Norris, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz round off the rest in that order. 

Sebastian Vettel starts in eleventh ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi who for the first time this season has made it into Q2, good news for the Italian whom many suspect will be without a drive for next season as it seems Alfa Romeo will be looking to promote one of the junior Ferrari drivers into Formula 1 next season. In fact one of those drivers, Mick Schumacher was scheduled to be a part of Free Practice on Friday but the session was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

In between Vettel who starts at P11 and Giovinazzi who starts at P14 are Scuderia Alpha Tauri drivers Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat, behind the duo is Kevin Magnussen who starts in fifteenth.

Behind him are his Haas teammate Romain Grosjean and George Russell who extends his streak of out-qualifying a teammate, in this case that teammate being Nicholas Latifi who starts ahead of Kimi Raikkonen whom from Sunday’s race will be the driver with most Formula 1 grand prix starts in history. The Finn will also be in Formula 1 next season presumably to serve as a mentor to Mick Schumacher.

At the back of the grid is Nico Hulkenberg, the German comes in as a last minute replacement for Lance Stroll who was unwell and thus unable to partake in today’s activities. Being unable to qualify ahead of anyone on the grid some may question Hulkenberg’s ability on the Nürburgring but considering that he had only been in the car ten minutes and missed out on Q2 by only eight tenths of a second one may be a bit lenient before passing judgement.

As of recent, the weather forecast states that it’s expected to be partly cloudy on Sunday and unlike the few days leading up to the weekend it will be dry but cold, however we are free to hope.

The Grid will line up as follows. 
1. Valtteri Bottas 
2. Lewis Hamilton 
3. Max Verstappen 
4. Charles Leclerc 
5. Alex Albon 
6. Daniel Ricciardo 
7. Esteban Ocon 
8. Lando Norris 
9. Sergio Perez 
10. Carlos Sainz 
11. Sebastian Vettel 
12. Pierre Gasly 
13. Daniil Kvyat 
14. Antonio Giovinazzi 
15. Kevin Magnussen 
16. Romain Grosjean 
17. George Russell 
18. Nicholas Latifi 
19. Kimi Raikkonen 
20. Nico Hulkenberg 

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