GP Belgium: The x-ray: as well faced the riders the race in Belgium


the first day of The Grand Prix of Belgium was more complicated than expected by the pilots due to the heat prevailing in the circuit. This caused many overheating problems on tires, appearing blistering in the compound superblando.

on Saturday continued to do quite a lot of heat, and, also, Fernando Alonso had problems with the engine, staying again with the urge to mark a time, on this occasion in the Q1. Much better we went to Max Verstappen that, faced with a large amount of public of his country, was on the point of taking away the pole position to Nico Rosberg, overcoming slack in the Ferrari and his team-mate: Daniel Ricciardo.

below, we review a pilot to pilot the highlight of your weekend.


Lewis Hamilton

Friday: Took two engine changes, being punished with 30 positions on the grid. Complained of the pressure minimum imposed by Pirelli, which led to blistering due to overheating.

Saturday: Was spent to prepare for the race, not tried to score a fast time knowing that it posed a total of 55 positions penalty on the grid.

Nico Rosberg

Friday: Very comfortable with the HALO, with which he marked the fastest lap in the first session.

Saturday: The car has improved a lot in qualifying because in free practice was much slower.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:49.078 (2nd) 1:49.782 (13th) 25+33 1:48.635 (5th) 20 1:50.033 (21º)
ROS 1:48.348 (1) 1:49.161 (6th) 27+33 1:48.742 (7th) 19 1:48.019 (4th) 1:46.999 (1) 1:46.744 (1º)



Sebastian Vettel

Friday: Problems to find a good balance in the car and grip on the asphalt, due to the high temperatures.

Saturday: The car has improved compared to the previous day. Had difficulties in chican input to goal, especially with the rear of the car.

Kimi Räikkönen

Friday: Very well in the first session, but it all got worse with the superblandos in the second, especially in the long run.

Saturday: Think you could have gotten the pole. Went off track on his first attempt of Q3 and made a small mistake in the chicane of entry to target in the second.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:49.768 (5th) 1:49.023 (4th) 19+27 1:48.297 (3rd) 12 1:47.802 (2nd) 1:47.994 (8th) 1:47.108 (4th)
RAI 1:49.147 (3rd) 1:49.244 (7th) 24+30 1:47.974 (1) 11 1:47.912 (3rd) 1:47.664 (5th) 1:46.910 (3rd)


Valtteri Bottas

Friday: Had to change the electronic control unit, losing half an hour of shooting in the second session. Problems of overheating of tyres.

Saturday: The car behaved better than the Friday, but a problem with the software you lastró.

Felipe Massa

Friday: Many issues to perform in any condition, both on short runs as long.

Saturday: A software error occurred in Q1 forced him to use more games superblandos, staying with only one for the Q3. In that single attempt, blocked in The Source and was not able to make a good time.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
BOT 1:50.394 (9th) 1:50.101 (16th) 31+19 1:48.504 (4th) 17 1:48.655 (10th) 1:47.918 (7th) 1:47.612 (8th)
MORE 1:51.122 (12th) 1:50.157 (17th) 28+29 1:48.783 (8th) 21 1:47.738 (1) 1:47.667 (6th) 1:48.263 (10th)

Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo

Friday: Tried the HALO in the first session. It still doesn’t feel comfortable with the setting of the car, but feel that the car is competitive on this circuit.

Saturday: Out with soft tyres after marking his time of Q2 with them. The Q3 was not good, but satisfied for the race.

Max Verstappen

Friday: Very pleased by the support from the stands and with the behaviour of the car, especially after the change of the final part of the second session.

Saturday:the only one of The candidates to the victory that will come with superblandos. Delighted with the car’s behaviour and the expectations towards the race.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
RIC 1:49.782 (6th) 1:48.341 (2nd) 24+27 1:48.189 (2nd) 18 1:48.407 (8th) 1:48.027 (9th) 1:47.216 (5th)
SEE 1:49.865 (7th) 1:48.085 (1) 24+27 2 1:48.407 (7th) 1:47.163 (2nd) 1:46.893 (2nd)

Force India


Sergio Pérez

Friday: Need to work more on the balance of the car, but the first indicia are very positive.

Saturday: Made a small mistake in his last lap, but nothing major. Stresses the importance of getting the strategy in the race.

Nico Hülkenberg

Friday: Tried the HALO in the first session. The car improved by the afternoon, with more heat.

Saturday: Had problems with the engine, which made him lose some time on the straights.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
PER 1:49.274 (4th) 1:49.100 (5th) 23+27 1:48.915 (9th) 12 1:48.106 (6th) 1:47.485 (4th) 1:47.407 (6th)
HUL 1:50.088 (8th) 1:48.657 (3rd) 21+30 1:48.739 (6th) 12 1:48.080 (5th) 1:47.317 (3rd) 1:47.543 (7th)


Kevin Magnussen

Friday: The biggest problem is the tyre degradation which is very high. The car is unpredictable.

Saturday: Much better than Friday, but his lap of Q2 was not perfect, blocked at The Source.

Jolyon Palmer

Friday: Had to stand by a problem in the car during the second session, but fixed it with the parameters of the steering wheel and was able to return to the box.

Saturday: Very happy with the car, especially taking into account the feelings of Friday.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
MAG 1:53.053 (20º) 1:50.375 (19th) 20+34 1:49.716 (14th) 11 1:48.800 (14th) 1:48.485 (12th)
PAL 1:53.089 (21st) 1:50.562 (20th) 20+32 1:50.241 (18th) 11 1:48.901 (16th) 1:48.888 (14th)

Toro Rosso

Daniil Kvyat

Friday: Program completed without any problems, but much remains to be studied to improve the performance of the car.

Saturday: Happy with the progress since Friday, think that you got the maximum possible.

Carlos Sainz

Friday: Tried the HALO in the first session. Focused on finding the highest tip speed possible without compromising too much on the cornering, but the car is going worse than expected.

Saturday: Pulled everything out of the car, but is disappointed with the performance of the same in this circuit. Should study why they are not fast in the second sector.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
KVY 1:52.308 (17th) 1:49.916 (14th) 19+25 1:50.023 (16th) 9 1:49.058 (19º)
SAI 1:51.424 (14th) 1:50.194 (18th) 17+25 1:50.078 (17th) 9 1:48.876 (15th) 1:49.038 (15º)


Marcus Ericsson

Friday: Punished by ten positions on the grid for having mounted the sixth unit of the turbocharger. Focused on to study the new aerodynamic package introduced by the team.

Saturday: Disappointed with the rating, in which you had problems with the thruster unit.

Felipe Nasr

Friday: focused on the assessment, aerodynamics, there is still a lot to get the maximum match.

Saturday: he Lost some time in the third sector and was not able to reach Q2. You erased your first time by exceeding the limits of the track at Raidillon.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
ERI 1:51.125 (13th) 1:50.083 (15th) 16+27 1:51.319 (21st) 5 1:49.071 (20º)
NAS 1:51.768 (15th) 1:50.719 (22nd) 19+24 1:50.420 (19th) 13 1:48.949 (17º)



Fernando Alonso

Friday: Punished with 35 positions on the grid after having mounted the sixth unit of all the elements of the engine after a water leak in the first session. It is a new engine you have been employed seven tokens.

Saturday: Not got to mark time to tell the team to stop the car in his back release. The engine had lost pressure in the last part of the free 3 and the problem was reproduced.

Jenson Button

Friday: a Lot of progress in the final part of the second session, especially with the handling of the car, the Q3 is still the target.

Saturday: Thrilled with his return, and that thought was at the level of his pole 2012. Very satisfied with the car, that in addition behaves well on long runs.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
ALO 1:49.772 (12th) 3+30 1:49.453 (11º) 9
BUT 1:52.407 (18th) 1:49.419 (9th) 18+23 1:49.665 (13th) 10 1:48.700 (11th) 1:48.051 (10th) 1:48.114 (9th)


Pascal Wehrlein

Friday: The car has some improvements with respect to previous runs. Better by the afternoon, especially with the two compounds more soft.

Saturday: Fantastic in Q1, but remained without superblandos new for Q2 and might not be as fast.

Esteban Ocon

Friday: First day as a pilot and owner of the Manor, which we found very comfortable and well adapted to the car.

Saturday: more time is Needed with this kind of tires, especially the superblando, and must learn to manage the traffic.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
WEH 1:52.837 (19th) 1:49.716 (11th) 23+31 1:49.761 (15th) 15 1:48.554 (9th) 1:49.320 (16th)
OCO 1:51.787 (16th) 1:50.659 (21st) 26+25 1:50.693 (20th) 18 1:49.050 (18º)


Romain Grosjean

Friday: Many difficulties with the tyres, although it was better with the superblandos in the afternoon. Could not complete your long run by a mechanical problem.

Saturday: The car behaved well, were happy with his performance in Spa.

Esteban Gutierrez

Friday: Too much pressure in the tires, which makes it very difficult to work with them. It was not too well, the race simulation.

Saturday: Got to find the adjustment to the right and made a good lap, but to hinder Wehrlein in the free 3, was penalised five places on the grid.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
GRO 1:50.899 (11th) 1:49.419 (8th) 18+20 1:49.272 (10th) 10 1:48.751 (13th) 1:48.316 (11th)
GUT 1:50.583 (10th) 1:49.648 (10th) 21+23 1:49.631 (12th) 16 1:48.748 (12th) 1:48.598 (13th)

The decisions of the commissioners

  • Felipe Nasr is punished with€ 1,000 for exceeding the maximum speed of the pit-lane at 15.1 km/h.
  • Marcus Ericsson is punished with ten places on the grid for exceeding the maximum number of elements of the engine in a season.
  • Lewis Hamilton is punished with 30 places on the grid for exceeding the maximum number of elements of the engine in a season.
  • Fernando Alonso is punished with 35 places on the grid for exceeding the maximum number of elements of the engine in a season.
  • Esteban Gutiérrez is punished with five squares on the grid and three points on your license by hinder Pascal Wehrlein
  • Lewis Hamilton is punished with 25 squares on the grid for exceeding the maximum number of elements of the engine in a season.
  • Fernando Alonso has received permission to race despite not having set a time below 107% of the fastest Q1.

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