Uralkali Haas F1 Belgian Grand Prix - intesting qualifying with rain coming and going

Uralkali Haas F1 Belgian Grand Prix - intesting qualifying with rain coming and going

28.08.2021: FORMULA 1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Saturday, August 28th 2021 Location: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium Layout: 7.004-kilometer (4.352-mile), 19-turn circuit Weather: Cloudy / Showers Air Temps: 14 degrees Cels


FORMULA 1
BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Saturday, August 28th 2021




Location: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Layout: 7.004-kilometer (4.352-mile), 19-turn circuit
Weather: Cloudy / Showers
Air Temps: 14 degrees Celsius (57.2 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 16 degrees Celsius (60.8 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pole Winner: Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing (1:59.765)


Result: Mick Schumacher qualified 18th, Nikita Mazepin qualified 20th
    

    Schumacher: 15th overall (2:01.269), 18 laps completed
Mazepin: 19th overall (2:01.792), 19 laps completed
Fastest: Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing (1:56.924)
    
    18-minute session with all 20 drivers – Top 15 advance to Q2
Schumacher: 18th overall (2:03.973)
Mazepin: 20th overall (2:04.939)
Fastest: Lando Norris of McLaren (1:58.301)
    
    15-minute session featuring the Top 15 from Q1 – Top 10 advance to Q3
Fastest: Lando Norris of McLaren (1:56.025)
    
    12-minute session featuring the Top 10 from Q2
Pole Winner: Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing (1:59.765)
Second: George Russell of Williams (2:00.086)
    


    Uralkali Haas F1 Team drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin qualified 18th and 20th, respectively, for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, Round 12 of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.



A rain shower prior to qualifying resulted in a delay of 12 minutes and with a wet track declared, all but two cars bolted on the Pirelli Cinturato Blue wet weather tires to assess the conditions when Q1 got underway. Schumacher completed one timed lap on the extreme rubber with Mazepin taking an extra lap. A trip to the garage saw both VF-21s switch to the Green intermediate compound as lap times quickly dropped on track. Schumacher reeled off a series of successive fast laps ending the session 19th overall with a 2:03.973. Mazepin was thwarted by traffic on his final run leaving him 20th – his best lap a 2:04.939.



Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen mastered the conditions to capture pole position in Q3 – the sixth pole of the season for the Dutchman. Verstappen’s best Q3 lap of 1:59.765 beat George Russell of Williams by .321 of a second.
    


    

NIKITA MAZEPIN
    


“It was a lot of fun to drive. I’m upset because today was a prime example of why you need experience in Formula 1. Going in from lower formulas you have wet tires and you try to drive them to the maximum grip you have.



 Here, you also have the inters, which are much faster, and I thought the right tire with the amount of water to stay out was wets but we needed to box for inters earlier. I just lacked that grip and I only had one lap on those tires – it wasn’t enough to put a good lap together.”
    


    


    
MICK SCHUMACHER




“Challenging conditions but on the other hand a lot of fun – I enjoyed every second of it. I think the communication with the team was on point today. We managed to take the right decisions at the right time, and I think that helped us being where we are now.



I think we can be happy with the results we achieved today, maybe not in terms of ranking, but definitely in terms of procedures that we had and everything in terms of communication was very good. I’m really excited about tomorrow – I have a special helmet on that keeps me protected but is also a very lucky charm. I’m very much considering keeping it!”
    


    


    

G.STEINER


“A very interesting qualifying with the rain coming and going. We just tried to do the best we can, and I think for our two guys – their first year in these conditions to run at Spa – isn’t an easy task, but they both got the cars home safe and in one piece which was the most important thing to do.


Now we just wait to see what the weather is doing tomorrow and try to take some advantage out of it. All in all, not a bad day.”
    
 






- Stuart Morrison, photos Haas

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