FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING: PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX

SATURDAY, 24TH OCT 2020


ROUND 12: HEINEKEN GRANDE PRÉMIO DE PORTUGAL 2020


The Portuguese Grand Prix is coming back after a whopping 25 years in 70 years of Formula 1! Located in the port city of Portimão, this track is the 73rd unique venue to be added to Formula 1.



This is a 15-turn track – 6 to the left and 9 to the right. Owing to its smaller lap size, this circuit features only 1 DRS (Drag Reduction System) zone at the end of the final turn of the lap.


WHAT DRIVERS NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR:
  • High Tyre Wear: The circuit is majorly right-handed with heavy breaking zones, thus causing ‘graining’ on the front left tyre. Drivers will have to work on tyre preservation at heavy braking zones.

  • Very Low Grip: Extreme wearing on the left tyres inevitably reduces grip during right turns, thus causing drivers to exceed track limits. Any driver chasing the fastest lap will be really interesting to watch on this track.



WHAT CONSTRUCTORS NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR:
  • High Downforce, High Drag: The Portimão circuit has a lot variation in elevation throughout the track, thus increasing the need for extra downforce on the car. However, it will increase drag and in turn the straight-line speed of the car. But that works out beautifully as there is only 1 straight in the entire lap.

  • Race Strategy: The design of this track and the lack of grip makes it extremely difficult for drivers to make overtaking moves. The race will be a beautiful blend of driving acumen and tactical thinking by the race strategist.

FRONT RUNNERS:


QUALIFYING RESULTS: (STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES)

Q1 Results:


P16: Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN

P17: Antonio GIOVINAZZI

P18: Romain GROSJEAN

P19: KevinMAGNUSSEN

P20: NicholasLATIFI


Q2 Results:


  • Daniel Ricciardo slides off onto the gravel trying to overtake his teammate, narrowly makes it through Q2 at P10.

  • So far it is a Mercedes front row lockout as Red Bull struggles for grip on softs.


P11: Esteban OCON

P12: Lance STROLL

P13: Daniil KVYAT

P14: George RUSSELL

P15: Sebastian VETTEL


Q3 Results:


  • Lewis Hamilton grabs pole for the 97th time, with a gap of 0.102 secs in a sensational flying lap, snatching it from his team mate Valtteri Bottas who was the fastest throughout FP1-FP3 and Q1-Q2!

  • Leclerc does a stunning job in a difficult car and puts himself at P4 ahead of Perez


P1: Lewis Hamilton

P2: Valtteri BOTTAS

P3: Max VERSTAPPEN

P4: Charles LECLERC

P5: Sergio PEREZ

P6: Alexander ALBON

P7: Carlos SAINZ

P8: Lando NORRIS

P9: Pierre GASLY

P10: Daniel RICCIARDO


Who will grab pole at the race tomorrow? Tell us what you think in your comments below.

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