F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel Posts Record Lap, Takes the Pole at the Hockenheimring
Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) star Sebastian Vettel roared Saturday setting a new track record at the Hockenheimring and took the Pole after qualifying fastest for Sunday’s 2018 F1 German Grand Prix.
Mr. Vettel holds an 8-point lead in the driver standings, and will have his chance to increase it further after setting a new track record in front of a home audience at the Hockenheimring:
Mr. Hamilton recorded a fast enough time to make it into 2nd qualifying session before the complaint ended his afternoon.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo will start at the back of the grid due to penalties, meaning the 2 Tier 1 drivers will be charging when the lights of out.
The official F1 account posted Saturday’s qualification results:
Mr. Vettel could not have had for a better qualifying run Saturday as he droves fastest to the front of the grid, while main championship rival Mr. Hamilton saw his German Grand Prix chances fade to black.
It was wet, but as the conditions got dryer, and tensions rose at the close of Q3, Mr. Vettel broke the track record a 1st time with around 3 mins left, and he repeated with a new best after MercedesAMG’s Bottas stormed in late to beat his original record.
Mr. Vettel was elated with his performance in front of his home fans:
Mr. Hamilton was showing early promise before a mechanical fault brought an end to his qualifying effort, and it was clear what a toll it took on him, with Mr. Vettel’s chances of enhancing his championship lead enhanced:
It will be up to young Max Verstappen to ensure Red Bull Racing is well-represented near the front Sunday after he qualified fourth, with Mr. Ricciardo facing a big challenge in charging from the rear.
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