Today's action on the track hasn’t brought a satisfaction to the Mercedes. Moreover, the team risks leaving Belgium without a win. However, the situation could change dramatically if the weather interferes with tomorrow's race.
Earlier this week Toto Wolff said that the race in Belgium won’t be easy for Mercedes, as the characteristics of the track don’t fit their cars. Even that Mercedes drivers have three victories here in the last five years.Weather conditions also play not in favor of Mercedes, but in favor of their main rivals in the Spa - Ferrari. Last year the story was similar, and Lewis managed to win the pole only because it rained in Q3.
Today, the team's situation was complicated by an incident in FP3. In the third free practice session, five-time champion Lewis Hamilton unexpectedly made a mistake and crashed his car into the barriers.
There were only two hours left before the start of the qualifying, but Mercedes mechanics worked perfectly and managed to prepare Hamilton's car for the beginning of Q1. However, the qualification itself didn’t bring success to Lewis and his teammate.
Obviously, at Spa Lewis’ and Valtteri's cars just don't have pace and speed. Surprisingly, even in qualifying Mercedes couldn’t improve their results, as in this they have no equal. In addition, it seems that at this stage they have serious problems with the tyres.
But still the team has a real chance to take the lead in the race. Here they can help by weather. The forecast promises rain on Sunday, or at least cloud cover, but not hot weather with sun that suits Ferrari. In such "cool" conditions Mercedes has more grip and speed. Therefore, if the weather changes, Mercedes can earn a fourth victory at the Spa.
Tomorrow Hamilton and Bottas will start from the second row, next to two Ferraris. The start at the Spa is always an exciting sight. So it needs to be ready for any scenario - perhaps for some of the rivals the race will end on the first lap.