In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel explains why Formula 1 drivers were so quick to ditch their full-wet weather tyres for intermediates even when the Spa track was soaked during qualifying.
Vettel: Aerodynamics disadvantage full-wet tyres
“The trouble is that the extreme [full] wet has a super-small working window,” Vettel explained. “It’s not great when there’s a lot of water but then very quickly, when the water disappears – and we have cars that suck the water off the track very quickly with the ground effect that we have nowadays – that pushes to an inter because the inter is a lot faster.
“So that’s why everybody is taking them ride on the knife’s edge with an intermediate because the reward is much greater.”
Ocon hoping for another surprise
After taking eighth on the grid for today’s race, six places ahead of team mate Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon said Alpine’s poor pace in qualifying may not be replicated in the race.
“It’s not [certain that] because we were slightly in difficulty today that tomorrow we will be,” he said after qualifying. “The conditions keep on changing, it’s never the same from one lap to another. We are going to have a good review tonight and see what we can improve tomorrow.
“I’m always positive and always waiting for a surprise otherwise if we didn’t hope for a surprise in Budapest, we would not get it. So there could be some tomorrow.”
Doohan: Managing balance in the rain put race from pole under pressure
Jack Doohan started the second Spa F3 race from pole and seemed to get away comfortably, building a sizeable gap to the field before the first safety car period was called.
However, he said that tyre pressures meant he had to manage brake bias in a way that made the car uncomfortable to drive, just to save his rear tyres.
“I was quite nervous about being too high on pressure, so from that point onwards I just went quite far forward on the brake bias,” said Doohan, after the race. “Further forward than I’ve ever run in the wet, just in case the rears started to overheat.
“I started to lock up the front into turn one, turn five and the last chicane, but I just had to the brake early because I prefer to lose a little bit there than in the end not be able to have the rears.”
Kimiläinen: Wet running skills learned in childhood karting
This weekend’s W Series race winner, Emma Kimiläinen, said that she learned to drive in extremely slippery conditions by karting on slick tyres in the rain as a child.
She said “loved” wet weather racing since she was a child. “In Finland we have various conditions, we have a hot summer, but then we also have a cold winter and and lots of rain there as well.
“When I was little my dad always wanted to go driving when it started raining. So then he put me and my brother on slicks on track with the go kart and said just like take care, have fun and so that’s probably why I like it so much.
“And it’s about the car handling and the limits and risks and all that kind of thing that I really enjoy. So it works for me.”
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On this day in motorsport
- On this day in 1976 James Hunt withstood pressure from one Ferrari driver, Clay Regazzoni, and cut into the points leader of the other, the absent Niki Lauda, by winning the Dutch Grand Prix