05:50, August 25, 2018
For the rivals of the World Cup Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton it did not go well in training for the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Spa-Francorchamps on Friday. The fastest of the day was a veteran. Vettel & # 39; s Ferrari teammates Kimi Raikkonen scored the fastest lap in the afternoon in 1: 43.355 minutes.
On the other hand, the Germans and Hamilton are still looking for their title form after their summer holidays. Because of unknown driving errors the two world cups missed the best daily time. Vettel was finally due to the best time hope of Räikkönen for the race on Sunday. Mercedes star Hamilton was second after a pair of Verbremsern.
Vettel with 24 points behind
For Vettel it was enough for the first place to start in the quicker second practice in fifth place. "In the beginning you need something to find the rhythm," said the 31-year-old. In the greatly improved car, it "pulls out on the whole body, it's not so easy to hit every corner," said the Ferrari driver.
The 13th race of the season on Sunday (3.10 PM / live ORF one) is groundbreaking for the remaining three World Cup months. "If we have this speed until the last races of the year, we have it in our hands," said Vettel, who is 24 points behind leaders Hamilton. The rollercoaster in the Ardennes, such as the full-track runway at Monza, is one week later the toughest test of the speed options of the car. If Ferrari could surpass the silver arrows that dominated in previous years, the title mission of Vettel is on track again.
Last motorcycle joker
That is also the reason why both teams in Belgium have drawn the last motor joker for the World Cup two-against-one. Only three engines may be used with impunity this year, in Spa both Vettel and Hamilton are now in the third phase. If a new engine has to be reinstalled in the next eight Grand Prix, then there is a fine for the starting position. Exactly for this reason, Hamilton's Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas and Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg start in Spa from the back.
"The pressure is as big as it can be, but that makes us evolve and become better," Hamilton said. His drive, the 33-year-old finds a lot in the history books. With the fifth world title he could, just like Vettel, be the legend this year Juan Manuel Fangio Search.