Sport Hamilton shocks competition - Mercedes in its own league

20:17  01 august  2020
20:17  01 august  2020 Source:   sport1.de

Mercedes drivers surprised by F1 Hungarian GP qualifying gap to Red Bull

  Mercedes drivers surprised by F1 Hungarian GP qualifying gap to Red Bull Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are surprised by the gap between Mercedes and Red Bull in Hungary Formula 1 qualifying after the teams fought for victory in 2020's opening roundsRed Bull hoped to be closer to Mercedes at the Hungarian Grand Prix after Max Verstappen took pole and battled Hamilton for the win at the same event last year.

Lewis Hamilton stellte einen neuen Streckenrekord in Silverstone auf. © Bryn Lennon / Pool'Getty / AP / dpa Lewis Hamilton set a new course record at Silverstone.

On the way to the hoped-for seventh home win at Silverstone, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton shocked the competition with a course record.

His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, second in qualifying, was the only one to keep up halfway with the Polesetter, three tenths of a second behind. The rest of the field was more than a second behind on Saturday and will have no chance against the highly superior Silver Arrows in the race on Sunday (3.10 pm / RTL and Sky). Sebastian Vettel was only 10th behind in the paralyzing Ferrari.

Hamilton: Hungarian GP was one of my favourite races

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"It's a huge gap between us and third place," said Hamilton. Max Verstappen in the Red Bull came closest as third, but the Dutch also had to acknowledge: "You could see early on that they were much too fast." On the course in Central England with a high percentage of full throttle, the Silver Arrows won six of the last seven Great Britain prizes and should continue to expand this record. The 2018 series was only interrupted by the four-time world champion Vettel.

A surprise for Heppenheim in the fourth round of the World Cup seems impossible. "From my side it was not ideal," Vettel admitted: "It was definitely not a good qualification, because I was not getting my rhythm all the time." Heppenheim had technical problems in all three training sessions. First the cooling of his car made it difficult, then the pedals in the footwell had to be repaired several times.

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"We are at the bottom of the top ten and still have the wrong tires," said Vettel, adding: "It really can't get much worse. I think it will be better tomorrow. » His fastest lap, which had at least brought ninth place, was also canceled due to a mistake to make the 33-year-old abundant.

Hamilton made a mistake in between and turned with his car. However, the Brit recovered quickly from this and in the end stunned with a round of fables. "Today there is nothing to complain about, that was really good," said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff at Sky. The Austrian spoke of the best car that the Silver Arrows ever had, but again before the Grand Prix worried about the stability of the car. «We had some problems there. It is important that we get through in the race, »said Wolff.

Nico Hülkenberg musste sich im Wagen von Racing Point mit Platz 13 begnügen. © Andrew Boyers / Pool'Reuters / AP / dpa Nico Hülkenberg had to be satisfied with 13th place in the Racing Point car.

Nico Hülkenberg did not make it into the decisive third part of the qualification in the Racing Point car and had to be content with 13th place. «The competition is not far away. I want to do a good job in the race, »he said. The 32-year-old from Emmerich returned to Formula 1 this weekend and replaces the Mexican Sergio Perez, who tested positive for the corona virus.

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Before the first of two races at Silverstone, Dominator Hamilton was five points ahead of Bottas and Verstappen (33) in the World Championship standings with 63 points. Vettel has not yet made it onto the podium in 2020 and is only tenth with nine points.

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Wolff: Silverstone F1 tyre dramas prove Mercedes can't be complacent .
Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff says his team's late tyre failures in the British Grand Prix proves his constant warnings against complacency are justified despite facing "lots of criticism"Mercedes was on course for a 1-2 finish with four laps remaining at Silverstone, only for second-placed Valtteri Bottas and race leader Lewis Hamilton to both suffer front-left tyre failures.

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