F1 Eifel GP Live Updates - final practice and qualifying
By: Jake Boxall-Legge
|Bottas takes pole for the Eifel GP ahead of Mercedes team-mate Hamilton|
|Verstappen best of the rest in P3 from Leclerc and Albon|
|Eliminated from Q2: Vettel, Gasly, Kvyat, Giovinazzi and Magnussen|
|Eliminated from Q1: Grosjean, Russell, Latifi, Raikkonen and Hulkenberg|
|Hulkenberg replaces Stroll at Racing Point after Canadian feels unwell|
14:22 It's normally about now that we'd be settling down for some F2 feature race action, but there's little by way of support racing action at the Nurburgring this weekend. Still, there's plenty going on elsewhere - including Rob Huff wrapping up the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship title. So make sure you're keeping tabs on Autosport.com for all the latest goings on from around the world of motorsport and join us again tomorrow for Live text commentary of the Eifel GP. Until then, so long folks!
14:21 So here's the full report from Eifel GP qualifying, as Bottas pulled out all the stops to deny Hamilton pole and give himself the best possible starting position for tomorrow's race.
Here's Mark Webber introducing himself to Juan Pablo Montoya in 2005. And they're certainly not the only ones to come a cropper at the tricky downhill braking zone on a first lap when the pack is jostling for position.
14:17 So what can we expect from the race tomorrow? Of course, there's no guarantee that the weather will play ball, but even if the grid doesn't look too different to the natural order, the limited amount of running the teams have been able to muster this weekend means there's still plenty of scope for a shake-up. And that's discounting Turn 1 from the conversation, which as anybody who has watched a race at the Nurburgring knows, can quickly put the cat amongst the pigeons.
14:08 Leclerc's P4, it should be noted, equals his best of the year so far in the Anniversary GP. A mighty effort once again from the Monegasque, with Vettel down in P11 on home turf still struggling to get the SF1000 working for him.
14:06 Behind the first two rows, Albon is joined by Ricciardo on row three after a late improvement for both Renaults, with Ocon also jumping up to seventh. Norris also managed to beat Perez's time and move himself up to eighth, with Sainz only able to muster P10 in the second McLaren.
14:05 Bottas joins some pretty strong company in the esoteric but nonetheless worthy 14 pole positions club. Alberto Ascari, James Hunt, Ronnie Peterson and Rubens Barrichello is a little gaggle most people would give their left arm to be a part of - but more importantly, Bottas has got a huge opportunity to win the Eifel GP.
14:02 The checkered flag is out, and Bottas has pole position after a poor run in Q2 - turning the tables on his team-mate to score his 14th career pole position and first since the Anniversary GP at Silverstone (coincidentally, the last time Hulkenberg was on the grid).
14:01 Verstappen is unable to improve, and is slower than Hamilton - after topping the first Q3 runs, it's only P3 for the Dutchman as Leclerc moves up into fourth place behind him, ahead of Albon by 0.012s.
14:00 Hamilton now goes quickest, but what can Bottas do? It's not enough, as Bottas darts back to the top on a 1m25.269s.
13:59 Track map shows a fair bit of bunching out of the final chicane, as the Renault pair back off to avoid being too close to the McLarens ahead.
13:58 Now Leclerc does come out as Perez returns to the pits. Doesn't look like the Mexican will be doing another run in the session, electing to do just the one run in Q3.
13:57 Speaking of which, the Renault-powered quartet now emerge for their second runs, as do the Mercedes pair and Red Bull twins, leaving only Leclerc still in the pits for the time being.
13:55 Perez now takes advantage of the empty track to move into sixth place, ahead of the Renaults and McLarens.
13:55 Perez yet to set a lap, so behind Leclerc it's Ocon sixth, Norris seventh, Sainz eighth and Ricciardo ninth.
13:54 just 0.068s the difference between Verstappen and Bottas in those first runs, but crucially all of the top three were slower than in their best Q2 laps.
13:53 Albon beats Leclerc's time and moves into fourth place, but he's half a second off his pace-setting team-mate at the moment.
13:52 There's the response from Bottas, who is 0.023s quicker than Hamilton on their first runs - but both are beaten by Verstappen, who goes top on a 1m25.744s.