British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton defeated his teammate Valtteri Bottas in the qualifying round on August 15, to win the starting right on the Catalunya race.
Not only won the pole at the Spanish GP, previously, Lewis Hamilton also won GP Styrian.
The 1 minute 15,584 second result performed by Hamilton was only 0.059 seconds faster than Bottas’s performance. Red Bull Max Verstappen star was left behind for 0.708 seconds but still easily won the right to start third, just ahead of Sergio Perez – Racing Point racer who returned after two stops due to coronavirus infection.
Ferrari continued to have a pretty bad starting record with Charles Leclerc starting only ninth, two places ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Catalunya first held the F1 race in mid-August instead of the usual May. The racing teams continued to struggle with hot weather, the track surface temperature sometimes reached 47 degrees Celsius, making tire retention still an important issue for the teams.
The first two qualifying rounds (Q1 and Q2) were not a big surprise except that Vettel continued to be eliminated early from Q2, although Ferrari changed the chassis to overcome difficulties for him from this stage.
The German driver almost entered Q3 when he was less than 10th place with 0.002 seconds. The 15 riders in Q2 all used soft tires for the best performance, except for the old general Kimi Raikkonen who used the medium tire.
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By Q3, Bottas appeared on the track with soft tires earlier than his teammates and achieved 1 minute 15,643 seconds in the first run to temporarily take the first place. But Hamilton quickly climbed to No. 1 when he achieved impressive results 1 minute 15,584 seconds.
Verstappen only reached 1 minute 16,292 seconds and temporarily took third place. Meanwhile, after the first run, Leclerc ranked seventh with the result of 1 minute 17,297 seconds.
In the second run of Q3, Bottas continued to run ahead of Hamilton, but the Finnish driver’s 1-minute 15,659 result still lacked his personal achievement in the first run. It seems that the surface quality of the track has deteriorated, so Hamilton and Verstappen have not improved their achievements and the final top 3 order remains the same as the first run.
The McLaren duo improved their results in the second run, causing Leclerc to drop to ninth place, starting just before Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri). Carlos Sainz’s achievement was 0.04 seconds faster than his teammate, Lando Norris also surpassed only 0.003 seconds above Leclerc.