Who’s favorite? Properly, the qualifying session yesterday sprung a shock as Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took pole place forward of the 2 Pink Bulls. Leclerc’s eight-tenths hole to his team-mate Carlos Sainz reveals how good a lap it was, however the 0.188sec to the main Pink Bull of Verstappen was the extra notable factor. That could be a mixture that has dominated to this point this 12 months. Going into this weekend, had Leclerc obtained to inside two tenths of Verstappen you’d have stated it was a very good end result, however this was incredible.
Does it make him favorite for the dash at present? I’m not certain. Probably favorite for qualifying, sure, however Ferrari’s issues have been in race trim and Pink Bull have tended to increase their benefit from qualifying to the race. Admittedly it is solely a 100km-long race, however as soon as DRS is activated you fancy a Pink Bull to cost by means of. Nonetheless, there is not any denying it is probably the most aggressive session we have had to this point this 12 months on the very entrance.
In any case, we’ll discover out because the Dash Shootout (or dash qualifying, in different phrases) begins at 9.30am BST, with the dash race itself at 2.30pm this afternoon.