Mercedes dominated Saturday’s action at 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton clinched his fourth pole position of the season in another Silver Arrows front row lockout, ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen.
Ferrari meanwhile were looking for a decent result at their home circuit as several teams scrapped over position which ultimately saw a shock Q1 exit then a surprise tie in lap times during Q2 plus a late stoppage at end of Q3.
Now here is a full roundup of FP3 and Qualifying.
A quiet start saw several drivers including both Haas, Alpha Tauri and McLaren cars head out for installation laps as Bottas set the initial pace with a 1m 17.437 on softs in the eighth minute, with Leclerc slotting into P2 15 minutes later before Hamilton went top with a 1m 17.415 on his initial soft tyre run.
Verstappen soon slotted into second on his first effort on the halfway mark as Bottas improved to 1m 17.239, although Verstappen found time on his second lap to go top with a 1m 17.116 on medium tyres.
Everyone soon switched to their qualifying simulations with Bottas emerging fastest with a 1m 16.530 with Verstappen sat just 0.017 seconds off the Mercedes driver, as Hamilton slotted into third and just 0.083s off his teammate’s session topping time.
Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly, Sergio Perez, Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, Daniil Kvyat and Romain Grosjean rounded out the top ten as Williams’ George Russell failed to set a time after brake issues kept him in the pits.
Williams sent George Russell and Nicholas Latifi straight out with the Canadian setting the initial quickest time out of the pair of a 1m 17.924 before his compatriot, Stroll displaced him just minutes later with a 1m 16.701 to go fastest.
Valtteri Bottas soon afterwards set a session topping 1m 15.749 ahead of Hamilton and Verstappen, with Latifi four minutes later climbing out of the elimination zone to 13th but come the checkered flag, he found himself knocked out in 19th but ahead of Kevin Magnussen.
Russell outqualified his teammate in 18th position for the ninth consecutive race despite going rally crossing over the gravel trap on exit of Savelli, although the pair will start behind Antonio Giovinazzi and last weekend’s Monza winner – Pierre Gasly who said that he had “ran out of energy which cost us more than a tenth.”
Everyone opted for the soft tyres including Mercedes with Hamilton posting an early session topping 1m 15.309 on his first flier which was just 0.013s quicker than Bottas whilst Kvyat and Carlos Sainz found themselves sat in the elimination zone ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Raikkonen and Grosjean.
Several drivers however found improvement on their final runs as Sainz eventually knocked McLaren teammate, Lando Norris out by 0.118 seconds as Kvyat edged out Raikkonen for 12th by virtue of having set a 1m 16.854 first which was 0.002s quicker than Vettel whilst Grosjean was the slowest driver in Q2 and will start 15th on the grid.
Sainz and Stroll were first out on track ahead of everyone with Stroll bettering the Spaniard’s first effort, only for Hamilton to go fastest with a 1m 15.144 which was 0.059s quicker than Bottas’ 1m 15.203, as Verstappen took third.
Perez opted to run in the gap which proved enough to put the Mexican fifth on the grid with a 1m 16.311 before everyone else re-joined although only Leclerc found time to move up to fifth after Ocon stopped in the first sector to ruin the fastest laps of many drivers, including Bottas.
Hamilton meanwhile failed to better his first effort although he was assured of pole position because Bottas was forced to back off under yellow flags due to Ocon’s stoppage.
Perez meanwhile will start tomorrow’s race from seventh due to an one place penalty picked up yesterday in an incident with Raikkonen, meaning that the top ten in grid order will be; Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Albon, Leclerc, Stroll, Perez, Ricciardo, Sainz and Ocon.
|1||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||1m 16.530|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+ 0.017|
|3||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||+ 0.083|
|4||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||+ 0.582|
|5||Pierre Gasly||Alpha Tauri||+ 0.696|
|6||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||+ 0.811|
|7||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||+ 0.958|
|8||Alex Albon||Red Bull||+ 1.008|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Alpha Tauri||+ 1.097|
|10||Romain Grosjean||Haas||+ 1.105|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Renault||+ 1.216|
|12||Carlos Sainz||McLaren||+ 1.238|
|13||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+ 1.282|
|14||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||+ 1.313|
|15||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||+ 1.509|
|16||Nicholas Latifi||Williams||+ 1.542|
|17||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||+ 1.612|
|18||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||+ 1.656|
|19||Lando Norris||McLaren||+ 2.296|
|20||George Russell||Williams||No Time Set|
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1m 15.144|
|2||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||+ 0.059|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+ 0.365|
|4||Alex Albon||Red Bull||+ 0.810|
|5||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||+ 1.126|
|6||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||+ 1.167|
|7||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||+ 1.212|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||+ 1.399|
|9||Carlos Sainz||McLaren||+ 2.726|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Renault||No Time Set|
|11||Lando Norris||McLaren||1m 16.640|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Alpha Tauri||+ 0.214|
|13||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||+ 0.214|
|14||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||+ 0.216|
|15||Romain Grosjean||Haas||+ 0.614|
|16||Pierre Gasly||Alpha Tauri||1m 17.125|
|17||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+ 0.095|
|18||George Russell||Williams||+ 0.107|
|19||Nicholas Latifi||Williams||+ 0.195|
|20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||+ 0.223|