Category: 2020

Mercedes occupies starting row 1 at the Eifel Grand Prix

The qualifying for the FORMULA 1 ARAMCO EIFEL GRAND PRIX was exciting up to the last second. In the end, the Finn Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes-AMG F1 triumphed in 1:25.269 minutes ahead of his team mate Lewis Hamilton (GBR), who was almost two and a half tenths slower. Bottas was happy about his perfect lap after the race: "It's a great feeling when you manage to make it at the last moment and secure pole. The tyres, which we were able to get to work perfectly on the point, played a decisive role".

In third place and thus the direct pursuer of the British world championship leader in the race: The Dutchman Max Verstappen in the Red Bull RB 16, which gives the fans on the grandstands and in front of the TV screens (Sunday, 2:10 pm live on RTL, Sky and for the first time on YouTube) hope for a hot fight, because the Dutchman obviously has the performance to keep up with the favoured duo in the Mercedes. Also surprisingly strong was Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque secured the fourth place on the grid, clearly ahead of his German team mate Sebastian Vettel.

For the four-time World Champion, the second part of the qualifying session was already over for his home race. He had to settle for the eleventh starting position in front of his home crowd. From a German point of view only disappointing at first sight: The 20th and last starting position for Nico Hülkenberg. The 33-year-old had only moved into the cockpit of the BWT Racing Point F1 Team in the morning. According to the team, the Canadian regular driver Lance Stroll felt uncomfortable, so that he will not be able to start this weekend. Hülkenberg, who received the news of the departure to the Eifel region in the RTL television studio in Cologne, thus had practically no preparation time at the Mercedes-driven Racing Point. "I now had a few laps to get used to the car and I hope that tomorrow's race will be much better."