F1 Eifel Grand Prix qualifying LIVE: Final practice UNDERWAY at Nurburgring, Hamilton lays low – latest updates – The Sun

FORMULA ONE is at the world famous Nurburgring this weekend for the Eifel Grand Prix.

A brand new race for 2020, Lewis Hamilton is looking to continue his superb start to the season which sees him lead the Driver's Championship by 44 points.

Follow all the latest build-up from Germany below…

  • Ben Hunt

    FP3 IS DONE

    Mercedes finally find pace but it is Valtteri Bottas who tops the tree from Hamilton, who is in P2.

    Leclerc is a shock in P3. That was most unexpected.

    Verstappen in P4.

    Vettel in P5 to confirm that Ferrari do indeed have some pace – at last.

    All set for a decent qualifying.

  • Ben Hunt

    SEVEN MINUTES TO GO IN FINAL PRACTICE

    Lando Norris, who had earlier asked for gloves because he was so cold – it is eight degrees here – has gone in the P3 with a super time of 1:27.167 and is ahead of Hamilton's best lap.

  • Ben Hunt

    MISTAKE FROM HAMILTON

    The world champ locks up and spoils his flying lap. He is currently P3 behind Bottas (P1) and Verstappen.

    As for Ferrari? Leclerc is in P8. Vettel in P11.

  • Ben Hunt

    VERSTAPPEN GOES QUICKEST

    As the track rubbers up, it is the Red Bull man who sets the quickest time.

    But now the Merc duo are starting their flying runs.

    Let's see what they have got in response.

  • Ben Hunt

    BIG SLIDE FOR RUSSELL

    George Russell loses control and goes into a full power slide across the grass. Luckily he keeps his Williams out of the barriers and his car is not damaged.

    He is down in P18 at the moment.

  • Ben Hunt

    30 MINUTES TO GO

    So far, Red Bull, Renault and McLaren can feel pretty satisfied. And even Romain Grosjean is happy.

    But Mercedes and Ferrari have work to do.

  • Ben Hunt

    EARLY PACE FROM RED BULL

    The two drivers sit in P1 and P2 on the timesheets.

    Hamilton down in 12th and Bottas in P8.

    Could Merc be in trouble here?

  • Ben Hunt

    VETTEL SPINS

    A mistake from the Ferrari man, who spins on his own. Another unforced error on the slippery track.

  • Ben Hunt

    RETURN OF THE HULK?

    If Stroll is unable to race, it could mean that Nico Hulkenberg is recalled by Racing Point.

    The German has already filled in for Sergio Perez for two races this year when he tested positive for Covid 19.

  • Ben Hunt

    STROLL STILL IN THE GARAGE

    The Racing Point man has yet to make it out on track. He says he is feeling unwell.

    Watch this space.

  • Ben Hunt

    BUSY TRACK

    With no F1 race here since 2013, and with all the rain and no competitive support series, this track is both unknown and green to many of these drivers and teams.

    They will be using these early runs as data gathering exercises and reconnaissance laps.

  • Ben Hunt

    FP3 IS GO

    We have a green light in the pitlane and blue skies above the Nurburgring.

    After yesterday's wash out, this session is surely going to one of the busiest on track this year.

  • Daniel Brookes

    QUALIFYING BUILD-UP

    Racing Point appear to have confirmed today's qualifying gets the go-ahead after low cloud cancelledFriday practice.

  • James Orr

    A SCHU IN

    Lewis Hamilton has the chance to equal Michael Schumacher's record of 91 victories in F1 this weekend – not that he's shouting about it.

    In fact, the six-time world champion – who can also win a Schumacher-equalling seventh title this season – seems more focused on his personal crusades against racism and climate change.

    Now 35, Hamilton is more mature than when he won his first title in 2008 and intent on using his social media platforms to educate his 26 million followers on Twitter and Instagram.

    He said: “I've never been a record person but of course when my name is mentioned in the same context as someone I grew up watching, then it's like 'woah'.

    “I have to step back for a second and realise what that actually means. 

    “I think that embarking on these records and achievements creates a platform on which to be able to speak about things that could potentially change peoples lives; for everyone's children to grow up in a better world.

    “As I get older, and understand the world more – as well as the impact that us humans are having on the world.

    “I'm really getting into technology that is sustainable; changing things in my life so I can have a more positive impact.

    “Trying to think of the bigger picture – we are trying to continue to fight to end racism, and discrimination.

    “This is a constant battle that people have been fighting for hundreds of years. It's a constant battle now.”

  • Joe Brophy

    RED LIGHT

    Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas has given his thoughts.

    He told Sky Sports: “We need to be really efficient on what we do.

    “Obviously we have to change every single plan. We'll need short runs for qualifying, and long runs for the race.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TO THE MAX

    Max Verstappen has also spoken of his excitement ahead of the Eifel GP weekend after Friday's session was cancelled due to heavy fog.

    The Red Bull racer who won a wet race in Germany last year, told Sky Sports: “I don't mind [the lack of Friday], I actually like it.

    “It makes everything a bit more tricky and interesting.

    He added: “It's going to be really cold so that is already a challenge to get the tyres like how we want. I think tomorrow is going to be a bit better, and we'll see what happens.”

  • Joe Brophy

    LEW BEAUTY

    Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he is relishing the prospect of a shortened and unpredictable Eifel GP weekend.

    He told Sky Sports: “We probably wouldn't have got a huge amount of running in really because we're limited on tyres, but I would have loved to done even an install lap. But everyone's in the same boat.

    “But I'm definitely [excited], especially if it stays like this. Hopefully clearer skies but wet… it definitely makes it a serious challenge with less practice. So I look forward to that.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    WHAT HAPPENED?

    Practice for the Eifel Grand Prix was a complete wash out after both sessions were scrapped.

    Rain and low clouds meant the medical helicopter was unable to fly due to poor visibility.

    F1 rules mean a hospital must be a maximum of 20 minutes away by ambulance – by road or air – but here it is over 35 miles away by road.

    Race Director, Michael Masi, said: “It is pretty challenging with the fog that's come in, the medical helicopter is not able to take off and fly to the hospital and the distance by road is far too far should something occur.

    “Obviously from an FIA perspective, the safety of all participants, particularly the drivers going out, is paramount and that's not something that we would compromise.”

  • Ben Hunt

    SESSION HAS BEEN SCRAPPED

    So no running today.

    Let's try again tomorrow.

  • Ben Hunt

    NO CHANGE IN THE WEATHER

    Pit lane will remain closed.

    …Just call it off, lads….

  • Ben Hunt

    SO, THE UPDATE…

    The FIA say there has been no change in the weather conditions (fancy that!).

    Another update expected at 4pm local time.

  • Ben Hunt

    10 MINUTES UNTIL AN UPDATE

    The FIA will make another assessment in conjunction with the medical team as to whether the helicopter will fly – or not.

  • Ben Hunt

    THIS WAS FP1…AND IT IS CURRENTLY THE SAME NOW

  • Ben Hunt

    FP2 HAS BEEN DELAYED

    Weather conditions remain the same here in Germany.

    Rain and thick, low cloud.

    It all means the medical helicopter, used in an emergency, cannot fly in these conditions.

    As a result the pitlane stays shut.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    MERC SCARE

    Another member of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of Sunday's Eifel Grand Prix.

    The world champions retested all of their on-site staff on Thursday after one individual was confirmed to have contracted the disease.

    In all, seven staff have now been pulled from this weekend's race at the Nurburgring. Mercedes have flown out replacements from the UK.

    A Mercedes spokesperson said: “Following yesterday's positive test, the entire team was retested yesterday in Germany.

    “All team members were negative apart from: one further positive, one inconclusive that is being retested.

    “In line with protocols, four further team members, all of whom tested negative, will no longer be available to take part in the weekend.

    “Six replacements have travelled from the UK and will fill the roles in the team.

    “We have worked in close collaboration with the FIA and F1 throughout this process and will continue to do so.”

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