The anticipation for this afternoon’s sprint race rises more and more at Silverstone. All the teams focused on the race pace simulation during the second free practice session this morning, focusing on both the unprecedented qualifying race scheduled at 17:30 – Italian time – and on the total distance of the Sunday Grand Prix to understand the best possible strategic choice (completely free for both today and tomorrow).
2021 British GP Sprint Qualification: the starting grid
The main dilemma concerns the compound to be used for the 17 laps that will define the grid for tomorrow’s race, with the Soft that would guarantee a better initial approach and the Medium more effective in the last part on a track that puts a lot of pressure on the compounds prepared by Pirelli.
At Red Bull, the attention seems to push more on the average despite Max Verstappen is called to attack immediately to try to snatch the pole from the hands of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.
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“It is very difficult to make a choice – he has declared Helmut Marko to Motorsport-Magazin.com, especially since the softer compound did not give a bad impression during the PL2 – With Soft there would be a very high risk on paper, I can’t imagine racing with this compound. We can’t go too far, but make sure we’re up front for tomorrow’s Grand Prix. If you go completely on the attack the risk of a problem or an accident increases and on Sunday you find yourself at the bottom. We have to find the right mix ”.