Mercedes are back on track, and even though Charles Leclerc mounted a late challenge, it was not enough to overcome the speed of the Silver Arrows. How did the rest of the teams do in Q3? The stats will tell us the story.
Qualifying session: Best times per sector
This analysis takes into consideration the best sector time for each driver, regardless of quali session. This means that not all best sector times were necessarily done in Q3, some may have been done in Q2 or even in Q1.
Valtteri Bottas took pole position, defeating Hamilton by less than a hundredth of a second. It is interesting to see how he only managed to do the best time of the 2nd sector.
Lewis Hamilton did the best time in sector 3, outpacing his teammate by 1 tenth, and Charles by over 2 tenths. The Britishman was second best in both sector one and sector two.
Charles surprised everyone by doing the fastest time of sector 1 just at the end of Q3. The Monegasque did not have enough in the tank to finish the lap strong, and eventually settled for a 3rd place qualifying position.
Max Verstappen was behind the best time of sector 1 by 141 thousands of a second. The Dutchman lagged by over 1 tenth in sectors 2 and 3. Red Bull seems stronger than expected in the fast sector 2, and will be hoping for a repeat of last race.
Pierre Gasly did a better job than usual, but he still has some work to do. While he was slower than Max in the first sector by less than half a tenth, and only by 6 hundredths of a second in sector 3, he dropped 1.4 tenths in the faster sector 2.
Sebastian Vettel had a miserable session. He found no speed in any of the sectors. His struggles were evident, especially in sector 3, where he was not only outpaced by Hamilton and Bottas, but also by both Red Bull drivers, Charles Leclerc, and even Lando Norris.
Nico Hulkenberg, surprisingly, had the 4th fastest time in sector 1. Unfortunately for him, he was also the slowest in sectors 2 and 3, and ended up qualifying in 10th place.
Lando Norris, Alex Albon, and Nico Hulkenberg, traded blows depending on the sector. Alex Albon showed more pace than Daniel in sectors 2 and 3, but was much slower in sector 1. Something similar was seen with Lando. He was faster than both Ricciardo and Albon in sectors 2 and 3, but much slower than Danny Ric in sector 1.
Qualifying session: Ideal lap
What if each driver had done an ideal lap, composed of all his best times from all three sectors?
Lewis would have had enough to take pole in the 2019 British GP. Not by much, but he had enough in the tank to beat Valtteri. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to put together a perfect lap, but a second place start is still encouraging for the curreny World Championship leader.
The first 6 positions would not have changed with this theoretical ideal lap, but the last 4 would have been quite different. Norris would have jumped from 8th to 7th place, in demise of Daniel Ricciardo. Nico would have climbed one position, while Alex Albon would have been the 10th place qualifier.
There you go, a short analysis after the quali session. This is an analysis that does not draw very clear conclusions. The idea is just to show where did X or Y driver won or lost a position in this qualifying session.
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