There was a 45 minute delay to the start of the second qualifying session of 2020. Final practice was cancelled 2 hours before, meaning this was first time many of these cars would take to the track in the wet. Rain always equalises the cars, meaning a superb opportunity for many teams to cause an upset at the lofty end of the grid.
All of the drivers, bar Alex Albon, left immediately, attempting to make the most of the track time given. The order changed throughout the first 10 minutes, with almost every constructor taking the top of the standings. Surprisingly, there were very few incidents through the session, with most cars able to stay on the tarmac. However, Antonio Giovinazzi spun on the final corner, damaging his rear wing on the barriers. He managed to keep his car going, but eventually brought out the red flag as he pulled up before turn 3. George Russell managed to make it out of Q1 for the first time in his career. Relief, at last, for the Williams team.
- 16th Raikkonen
- 17th Perez
- 18th Latifi
- 19th Giovinazzi
- 20th Grosjean
The track continued to dry, with lap times improving throughout the session. While Mercedes and Red Bull started to show their prowess, the midfield pack started an intense battle. However, with 5 minutes to go, the rain increased. This hugely affected the Ferraris, who were clutching on to the final Q3 positions. However, Charles Leclerc lost out as Sebastian Vettel pipped him for 10th. Surprisingly, no incidents occurred throughout the session. George Russell managed 12th, beating both of the high performing Racing Points, a significant moment for the former F2 champion.
- 11th Leclerc
- 12th Russell
- 13th Stroll
- 14th Kvyat
- 15th Magnussen
Shockingly the entirety of qualifying took place, despite the treacherous weather. Red Bull were looking for an opportunity to close the gap to Mercedes and now they had their chance. Yet again, the times improved throughout the session meaning that the last laps were going to be crucial. With 2 minutes to go, Mercedes were leading 1-2, until Max Verstappen showed strong pace which could challenge P1. However, on his last lap, he lost control of the car through turn 9. Lewis Hamilton completed a stunning lap to go 1.216 clear of the Red Bull, but Valtteri Bottas was only able to manage P4. McLaren’s resurgence continued with Carlos Sainz Jr taking a superb third place. Esteban Ocon also starred with 4th place, almost matching his best ever qualifying position.
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