In Silverstone there was only one final question before the qualifying session: who will be the second force this weekend? In addition to the sensation created by this, even the owner of the first pole position is slightly surprising.
In Q1 it didn’t seem like it was going to be a particularly interesting qualifying session, since everything went according to the same old scenario. Mercedes was dominating, behind them only the identity of the dropouts could have bring in (could have been, but it didn’t) some excitement, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, Nicholas Latifi, and the two Alpha’s Saturday has ended early.
In Q2 Mercedes showed the pace again, the lead tried to hunt them down, mostly on hard tires. In the end, advancement and the associated tactical advantage ultimately failed for Esteban Ocon, Sebastian Vettel, and Carlos Sainz, while teammates like Daniel Ricciardo, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris were able to easily complete this section.
As usual Q3 brought the real surprise and semi-predictable surprise: While Lewis Hamilton was ahead of Valtteri Bottas, the battle behind them was extremely exciting. Max Verstappen failed to get the third position this time because Nico Hülkenberg, who was driving fast and getting used to it all weekend, got there before him. In addition to Hülkenberg’s third place it’s worth to mention Daniel Ricciardo’s fifth position, Alpha Tauris’s Pierre Gasly also deserves the praise, as he finished on the seventh place ahead of Leclerc.
Can that long-awaited Hülkenberg podium really become reality now?