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Report: Lance to start P6, Nico in Q3 near-miss

August 1, 2020
2020
Race Report
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Lance continued his strong qualifying form in the 2020 Formula 1 season by crucially making it into Q3 on the favoured Medium tyre, while Nico was unfortunate to miss out on a Q3 berth at Silverstone.

 

Our boys began the day in FP3 by running on the Soft tyres, preparing for Qualifying by placing both cars firmly inside the Top 10.

 

Lance followed up his FP2-topping pace by placing P4 in FP3 thanks to his best effort of 1.26.576.

 

Nico clocked up another valuable tally of laps, finishing with a best time of 1.26.872 across his 15 laps of running and securing P9 in the process.

 

Lance and Nico then demonstrated front-running pace in Q1 right from the off.

 

Nico was one of the first on track and put in a 1.26.912 to go P2 before Lance crossed the line moments later to set an early session benchmark of 1.26.555.

 

After each driver ran a first stint of five laps, the pair returned to the garage.

 

Preparations for a second run was then affected by a yellow flag brought out by an incident for a rival.

 

But Lance and Nico were both able to squeeze in a flying lap each once the session resumed, with Lance’s 1.26.243 pushing him up to P4.

 

Nico then slotted into P5 closely behind Lance by virtue of his 1.26.327 lap, demonstrating his growing comfort behind the wheel of the RP20.

 

For Q2, the challenge was to get both cars into Q3 on the Medium tyre – earning a strategic advantage for the British Grand Prix in the process.

 

Nico would again start by setting an early flying lap – this time a 1.26.645 that moved him into P2.

 

Lance managed to get his best time of 1.26.501 in before a red flag was flown and disrupted the session.

 

Ahead of the restart, Lance held P8 and Nico was in a provisional P10.

 

Lance headed out once again on the Medium tyre but proved unable to improve on his benchmark – but crucially took P10 to make it into Q3.

 

Sadly, that meant Nico was unable to join his team-mate inQ3.

 

The German had headed out for a final run on the Softs, but he was unlucky to place in P13 – finishing just a few tenths outside the cut-off.

 

Now back on the Softs in Q3, Lance was able to stretch the legs of the RP20 once again.

 

He ended the first run with a time of 1.25.895, which placed him in P4 after his rivals ended their first attempts.

 

The Canadian then found more time in his final flying run to set a 1.25.839 and secured P6 on the grid for tomorrow’s race.

 

Lance: “The positive today is that we're starting P6 tomorrow and our strategy worked out – meaning we have the advantage of starting on the medium tyre and that should help us fight some of the cars around us.

 

“We're definitely in a position to fight for another good bunch of points, and that's the goal. We looked stronger in practice yesterday, so we need to go away and understand how we can come back stronger tomorrow.

 

“It was difficult to find the optimum balance of the car today, and that affected us in the first sector - we lost a little bit of time there in qualifying.

 

“The temperature and wind conditions were different today and were quite changeable, so that was a challenge to work around as well.

 

“Overall, I'm happy with our position and tomorrow is another day. I'm confident we can make some positive steps overnight and be in good shape for our home race.”

 

Nico: “We were so close to making it to Q3, and I'm happy with that considering I've come in from the cold this weekend!

 

“It's a big ask after eight months away to come back and jump into a completely different environment – and into a Formula 1 car I've never driven before and immediately perform. Especially when Silverstone is such a high-speed challenge and the conditions were changeable throughout the day.

 

“That meant it was a little bit of a shock to the system today, and it was tricky to hook up the laps perfectly – especially in the first sector.

 

“It was a challenge to use both the soft and medium tyre inQ2 and maintain the rhythm, but we almost made the strategy work – which shows the team and I are working well together.

 

“I'm also starting to get an understanding of the car, so the goal is to keep learning and adapting quickly. We'll do our homework tonight and aim to score good points tomorrow.”

 

Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal: “We took an aggressive approach to qualifying today with Lance running on the medium tyres in Q2.

 

“It was a difficult call, but we felt the strategic benefits for the race made the risk worthwhile.

 

“Lance made it work and progressed to Q3. Nico didn’t quite make the top ten – which is understandable given that he’s been thrown in at the deep end and only drove the car for the first time yesterday.

 

“From P13, with competitive race pace, I’m confident he can score points tomorrow. Lance wasn’t totally happy with his Q3 lap, but sixth place on the grid sets us up nicely for our home race.

 

“The margins were very close today – which shows how competitive the entire grid is this year – and it will be the same tomorrow.

 

“I think we can take the fight to the teams around us and come away with another strong result.”

Lance continued his strong qualifying form in the 2020 Formula 1 season by crucially making it into Q3 on the favoured Medium tyre, while Nico was unfortunate to miss out on a Q3 berth at Silverstone.

 

Our boys began the day in FP3 by running on the Soft tyres, preparing for Qualifying by placing both cars firmly inside the Top 10.

 

Lance followed up his FP2-topping pace by placing P4 in FP3 thanks to his best effort of 1.26.576.

 

Nico clocked up another valuable tally of laps, finishing with a best time of 1.26.872 across his 15 laps of running and securing P9 in the process.

 

Lance and Nico then demonstrated front-running pace in Q1 right from the off.

 

Nico was one of the first on track and put in a 1.26.912 to go P2 before Lance crossed the line moments later to set an early session benchmark of 1.26.555.

 

After each driver ran a first stint of five laps, the pair returned to the garage.

 

Preparations for a second run was then affected by a yellow flag brought out by an incident for a rival.

 

But Lance and Nico were both able to squeeze in a flying lap each once the session resumed, with Lance’s 1.26.243 pushing him up to P4.

 

Nico then slotted into P5 closely behind Lance by virtue of his 1.26.327 lap, demonstrating his growing comfort behind the wheel of the RP20.

 

For Q2, the challenge was to get both cars into Q3 on the Medium tyre – earning a strategic advantage for the British Grand Prix in the process.

 

Nico would again start by setting an early flying lap – this time a 1.26.645 that moved him into P2.

 

Lance managed to get his best time of 1.26.501 in before a red flag was flown and disrupted the session.

 

Ahead of the restart, Lance held P8 and Nico was in a provisional P10.

 

Lance headed out once again on the Medium tyre but proved unable to improve on his benchmark – but crucially took P10 to make it into Q3.

 

Sadly, that meant Nico was unable to join his team-mate inQ3.

 

The German had headed out for a final run on the Softs, but he was unlucky to place in P13 – finishing just a few tenths outside the cut-off.

 

Now back on the Softs in Q3, Lance was able to stretch the legs of the RP20 once again.

 

He ended the first run with a time of 1.25.895, which placed him in P4 after his rivals ended their first attempts.

 

The Canadian then found more time in his final flying run to set a 1.25.839 and secured P6 on the grid for tomorrow’s race.

 

Lance: “The positive today is that we're starting P6 tomorrow and our strategy worked out – meaning we have the advantage of starting on the medium tyre and that should help us fight some of the cars around us.

 

“We're definitely in a position to fight for another good bunch of points, and that's the goal. We looked stronger in practice yesterday, so we need to go away and understand how we can come back stronger tomorrow.

 

“It was difficult to find the optimum balance of the car today, and that affected us in the first sector - we lost a little bit of time there in qualifying.

 

“The temperature and wind conditions were different today and were quite changeable, so that was a challenge to work around as well.

 

“Overall, I'm happy with our position and tomorrow is another day. I'm confident we can make some positive steps overnight and be in good shape for our home race.”

 

Nico: “We were so close to making it to Q3, and I'm happy with that considering I've come in from the cold this weekend!

 

“It's a big ask after eight months away to come back and jump into a completely different environment – and into a Formula 1 car I've never driven before and immediately perform. Especially when Silverstone is such a high-speed challenge and the conditions were changeable throughout the day.

 

“That meant it was a little bit of a shock to the system today, and it was tricky to hook up the laps perfectly – especially in the first sector.

 

“It was a challenge to use both the soft and medium tyre inQ2 and maintain the rhythm, but we almost made the strategy work – which shows the team and I are working well together.

 

“I'm also starting to get an understanding of the car, so the goal is to keep learning and adapting quickly. We'll do our homework tonight and aim to score good points tomorrow.”

 

Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal: “We took an aggressive approach to qualifying today with Lance running on the medium tyres in Q2.

 

“It was a difficult call, but we felt the strategic benefits for the race made the risk worthwhile.

 

“Lance made it work and progressed to Q3. Nico didn’t quite make the top ten – which is understandable given that he’s been thrown in at the deep end and only drove the car for the first time yesterday.

 

“From P13, with competitive race pace, I’m confident he can score points tomorrow. Lance wasn’t totally happy with his Q3 lap, but sixth place on the grid sets us up nicely for our home race.

 

“The margins were very close today – which shows how competitive the entire grid is this year – and it will be the same tomorrow.

 

“I think we can take the fight to the teams around us and come away with another strong result.”

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