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Report: Double points from challenging Spa weekend

August 30, 2020
2020
Race Report
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Checo charges through the field as Lance scores points too

Checo and Lance combined to ensure we kept our streak of scoring points in every Formula 1 Grand Prix this season alive in a challenging Belgian Grand Prix.

At the start, Lance rocketed off the line – as usual! – to move from his starting position of ninth into seventh by the exit of La Source, with Checo continuing behind his team-mate.

Checo was drawn into some early battling with the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri along the Kemmel Straight a lap later, with a to-and-fro battle never relenting in the early phase.

Lance was in P7 and Checo in P9 when a Safety Car was called for an accident involving George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi – both drivers are thankfully OK.

The subsequent debris caused the Safety Car period to last from Lap 11 to Lap 15, with Lance diving into the pits to discard his used Softs for a new set of Hards - while Checo continued on track.

That meant Checo rose to P5 as the majority of the field made their only stop – it was then unclear as to whether a one-stop strategy was the most effective call.

Lance was in P9 at this point, as Gasly had to yet make his stop after starting on the Hards, while Checo began to fight on the fringes of the top five.

Checo extended his opening stint to a total of 18 laps before switching to his own set of Hards.

He returned in P17 but Checo then began an exciting charge through the field.

Lance was now in P8 and rose back to P7 when Gasly finally made his stop, leaving him to settle into his second stint.

Checo meanwhile was gaining a place almost every lap early in the second stint, dispatching Nicolas Latifi, Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen along the way.

After 15 laps on the Hards, Checo had gained seven places to move back into the Top 10, before a later move on Daniil Kvyat's AlphaTauri put our man into P9 and behind Lance.

Tyre degradation proved a critical factor late on and Lance was unable to hold onto P7 in the final laps, taking P9 at the flag as Checo followed him home in P10.

While the team kept its points streak going into the eighth round of the season, we're keen to come back stronger in Monza and fight to take back P3 in the Constructors' Championship!

Lance: “It was a difficult race today. We made a good start and gained a place, and we were looking comfortable in the first stint, but we had degradation in the second on the hard tyre and it was difficult to manage.

“We were running in P7 late on and I’m disappointed to have finished in P9 – but there was nothing I could do to hold onto a higher position.

“The positive is that we were able to score points on a challenging day regardless, and we’ve got a chance to improve and score more points next weekend at Monza.

“I think the circuit should suit our car, but we need to go away and analyse everything that happened today to find some solutions to ensure we hit the ground running at Monza.”

Sergio: “It’s important we go away and review the strategy, but I don’t think it had a big bearing on the race as we were able to get both cars into the points – which is the positive from today.

“The task now is to go away and understand why we weren’t able to maintain the pace we had at the beginning of the weekend through qualifying and the race.

“We were able to make up places after our pitstop and get back into the points, and it was nice to be able to make a few overtakes out there!

“But overall, we just didn’t have enough pace today, so we need to make sure we come back stronger at Monza next weekend.

“It’s a track that should suit us, and I’m hopeful we can score good points there.”

Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal: “Getting two cars home inside the points was the goal today, but we had hoped to be higher up the order at the end.

“We need to understand why we were not as strong in the final stages of the race where we lost some positions in the final few laps.

“I think strategically the safety car presented some difficult decisions for everybody. At the time it was questionable whether a one-stop race was possible at that point.

“That was why we kept Sergio out under the safety car in the hope that he would have a tyre advantage at the end compared to our competition.

“We will take away the lessons learned this afternoon to come back stronger in Italy next week.

“In terms of the standings, we’re now fourth but we’re only a couple of points off third, so we will work hard to reclaim that position in the coming races.”

Checo charges through the field as Lance scores points too

Checo and Lance combined to ensure we kept our streak of scoring points in every Formula 1 Grand Prix this season alive in a challenging Belgian Grand Prix.

At the start, Lance rocketed off the line – as usual! – to move from his starting position of ninth into seventh by the exit of La Source, with Checo continuing behind his team-mate.

Checo was drawn into some early battling with the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri along the Kemmel Straight a lap later, with a to-and-fro battle never relenting in the early phase.

Lance was in P7 and Checo in P9 when a Safety Car was called for an accident involving George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi – both drivers are thankfully OK.

The subsequent debris caused the Safety Car period to last from Lap 11 to Lap 15, with Lance diving into the pits to discard his used Softs for a new set of Hards - while Checo continued on track.

That meant Checo rose to P5 as the majority of the field made their only stop – it was then unclear as to whether a one-stop strategy was the most effective call.

Lance was in P9 at this point, as Gasly had to yet make his stop after starting on the Hards, while Checo began to fight on the fringes of the top five.

Checo extended his opening stint to a total of 18 laps before switching to his own set of Hards.

He returned in P17 but Checo then began an exciting charge through the field.

Lance was now in P8 and rose back to P7 when Gasly finally made his stop, leaving him to settle into his second stint.

Checo meanwhile was gaining a place almost every lap early in the second stint, dispatching Nicolas Latifi, Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen along the way.

After 15 laps on the Hards, Checo had gained seven places to move back into the Top 10, before a later move on Daniil Kvyat's AlphaTauri put our man into P9 and behind Lance.

Tyre degradation proved a critical factor late on and Lance was unable to hold onto P7 in the final laps, taking P9 at the flag as Checo followed him home in P10.

While the team kept its points streak going into the eighth round of the season, we're keen to come back stronger in Monza and fight to take back P3 in the Constructors' Championship!

Lance: “It was a difficult race today. We made a good start and gained a place, and we were looking comfortable in the first stint, but we had degradation in the second on the hard tyre and it was difficult to manage.

“We were running in P7 late on and I’m disappointed to have finished in P9 – but there was nothing I could do to hold onto a higher position.

“The positive is that we were able to score points on a challenging day regardless, and we’ve got a chance to improve and score more points next weekend at Monza.

“I think the circuit should suit our car, but we need to go away and analyse everything that happened today to find some solutions to ensure we hit the ground running at Monza.”

Sergio: “It’s important we go away and review the strategy, but I don’t think it had a big bearing on the race as we were able to get both cars into the points – which is the positive from today.

“The task now is to go away and understand why we weren’t able to maintain the pace we had at the beginning of the weekend through qualifying and the race.

“We were able to make up places after our pitstop and get back into the points, and it was nice to be able to make a few overtakes out there!

“But overall, we just didn’t have enough pace today, so we need to make sure we come back stronger at Monza next weekend.

“It’s a track that should suit us, and I’m hopeful we can score good points there.”

Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal: “Getting two cars home inside the points was the goal today, but we had hoped to be higher up the order at the end.

“We need to understand why we were not as strong in the final stages of the race where we lost some positions in the final few laps.

“I think strategically the safety car presented some difficult decisions for everybody. At the time it was questionable whether a one-stop race was possible at that point.

“That was why we kept Sergio out under the safety car in the hope that he would have a tyre advantage at the end compared to our competition.

“We will take away the lessons learned this afternoon to come back stronger in Italy next week.

“In terms of the standings, we’re now fourth but we’re only a couple of points off third, so we will work hard to reclaim that position in the coming races.”

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