We warned yesterday that things could change this Saturday in the
F1 British GP
. With temperatures much lower than those of Friday and with a modification of the gusts of wind, the teams had to bet on a greater downforce in Silverstone in a third key free practice session, who was going to give new clues about each other’s weapons before the qualifying session this Saturday (3pm / Movistar F1). Therefore, Carlos Sainz, after finishing in sixth position on Friday, he preferred not to celebrate anything and wait to bring out a smile that was surely drawn in FP3 when he saw the performance of his McLaren. Things could change from one day to the next, and for those of WokingThe third session this Saturday was more than just a confirmation: it was a full-blown step forward.
With very different track conditions, McLaren He proved to be more successful than his rivals in car settings and exhibited even greater strength than Friday, finishing FP3 with a great Carlos Sainz in fifth position and with Lando Norris in seventh place.
Thus, the Spanish was able to overcome Charles Leclerc (6th) and all his rivals in the middle zone, also aware that in the race he has a better pace than Renault and that a Ferrari that on Friday he suffered a lot with soft rubber. It seems like a perfect weekend for the English and for a Charles on top of that you can take the opportunity to win free positions due to other people’s problems.
Albon and Hülkenberg, positions that Sainz can win
One of the places that you can win in the classification this Saturday is that of a Alex Albon that at the wheel of your Red bull does not raise its head. Lack of confidence after his accident yesterday and after some battery problems at the beginning of the FP3, it could only be 12th before the ‘qualy’.
Another car that should be in front of Carlos in normal conditions is the Racing Point of Perez, but the loss of ‘Czech’ and the debut ‘in extremis’ of Hülkenberg They give the Spaniard a great chance to win this position as well, something that leaves Carlos with a golden opportunity to reap a great result a few kilometers from McLaren headquarters.
But undoubtedly, one of the best news was to see that the Spanish was only 91 thousandths from the Racing Point of a Lance Stroll which the Spanish seems like he could choose to put pressure on this weekend. If he can’t qualify, he will surely try it in the race.
Sainz could opt for the Top-4 and go on the hunt for Stroll
McLaren He thus faces the classification of this Saturday with a huge smile, not only for his great pure performance on one lap, but also for knowing that his rivals made their attempts unloaded with gasoline and that his racing pace is good. Great news in a session in which those of Woking They already started very strong, with a Sainz who quickly placed himself among the best despite making his first attempt with medium rubber, harder than that of his rivals, and loaded with gasoline by making 11 laps in that stint.
McLaren seems to have a lap pace, both soft and medium, and in race simulation. And with the Ferrari quite disappeared, Carlos Sainz You can have a great option to opt for the Top-4 and even dream of something else if there is a problem ahead this weekend. Silverstone. For now, Spanish is after the two Mercedes, he Verstappen Red Bull and a Stroll to the one who will try to shake. Not bad for the man from Madrid.
Bottas, best time
In the lead, Valtteri Bottas tried to pressure his partner Lewis Hamilton in the home race of the current champion, beating him by 0 ”138 before a classification in which the Stevenage You will have to battle with the Finn for pole.
Verstappen aspires to third place after finishing at 0 ”300. It does not seem that the Dutchman can stand up to the two negras black arrows ’one turn, but keep an eye on the race, since on Friday Max was able to trace the times in rhythm of long run of Bottas with the average tire. It would be great news if the Dutchman could be there on Sunday, although at the moment, it seems that Mercedes it has everything quite controlled.