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Sorry, you have not enough rights to view this image. Scuderia Ferrari expected a difficult Saturday at the 65th Belgian Grand Prix and so it was. Having struggled all weekend to get the tyres of their SF1000 into the right operating window, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel failed to make the cut out of Q2 and will therefore start from the seventh row of the grid tomorrow when the five lights go out above the Spa-Francorchamps start line.

Q1. Both drivers started qualifying on the Soft tyres: Charles did a 1’44"228 on his first run, while Seb did a 1’44”554. Neither driver was safe to make the cut and so the team sent them both out again on another set of new Softs. Leclerc was first on the road with no one to slipstream and managed to get down to 1’43”656. Vettel benefited from tucking in behind other cars to set a 1’43”567, good enough for both to get through to Q2.

Q2. Both drivers had two sets of new Softs each for this phase. Leclerc’s first run produced a 1’43”959 and Vettel did a 1’43”693. On their second sets, Charles found another nine tenths to do a 1’42”996, good enough for 13th, just 266 thousandths away from a place in the top ten shoot out. Seb improved his time by almost half a second to 1’43”261, which put him 14th.

Weather and strategy. Charles and Seb have a free choice of tyre for the start of the race tomorrow and that opens up various strategy options when compared to most of their competitors. The weather could also play its part given that rain is expected at some point during the race in the Ardennes.

Sebastian Vettel #5 “We need to stay strong and keep doing what we are doing as we knew this would be a tough weekend for us. We lose quite a bit on the straights and this circuit has a lot of straights. We are also struggling to get the tyres working properly. However the race is long so you never know what might happen.
In the end I think today’s result reflects our real level on a track like this. We are ready to do battle tomorrow, I don’t think the rain can change a lot but for sure we will be trying anything, also on strategy, to bring home some points.”

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