The pit lane has been open for a short time, and the usual frolics are already taking place on the grid – David Coulthard is interrupting other broadcasters interviews etc, except there is no rain this weekend. Toto Wolff reckons “the sun will be a factor” this afternoon, noting the track is “heating up” when the sun’s out in Spa. Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen seems to still be having a few vibration issues with his Ferrari. Lights out will be upon us in just 20 minutes.
Sebastian Vettel will start from second on the grid, behind Lewis Hamilton, and asked whether there was ever any doubt he would not renew his contract with Ferrari, his answer was, er, revealing. After a painful, agonising long pause, the German says “honestly I did not think about it much”. More on that deal here:
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Mick Schumacher has been speaking after an emotional couple of commemorative laps. He got up out of the Benetton, to thank the crowd and soak up the applause coming back at him in the process.
1 Hamilton 2 Vettel
3 Bottas 4 Raikkonen
If Saturday was a good day for Lewis Hamilton, then he will be hoping Sunday can round off what would surely prove the perfect weekend. Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68 Formula 1 pole positions in Spa, amid a stunning backdrop of the Ardennes mountain range, beating Sebastian Vettel’s qualifying lap by 0.242secs. After the numbers had been crunched as such, Ross Brawn read a message on behalf of Schumacher’s family. “His wife Corinna said that Michael always believes records were there to be broken, and they want to offer their congratulations.”
It was a special day for Hamilton but even more fitting is the sight of Schumacher’s son, Mick, whizzing around Spa on the 25th anniversary of his dad’s first win there. The 18-year-old will drive a 1994-spec Benetton to commemorate his father’s first win, all the way back in 1992. Mick has previously raced on the track in Formula 3, in which he is currently 11th in the European Championship, having moved up from Formula 4 this season. “There was not the slightest bit of doubt for me that I wanted to do this,” said Schumacher, who is wearing an especially designed helmet, half of which is his and the other half his father’s, for the two demonstration laps.
Source: Formula 1