Although Lewis Hamilton did bring some advantages in simulating qualifying with the help of Robert Kubica, simulation data with a full fuel tank reveal that the differences between the best teams are smaller than they seem at first glance.

Lewis Hamilton made the most of his advantage when he caught a whiff of Robert Kubica's Williams in the longest plane, where he gained about three tenths of a second. The British lead over Charles Leclerc was just as much in the end, with Max Verstappen behind by a few thousandths of a second.


1 Mercedes (Lewis Hamilton) 1m . 119 s

2 Ferrari (Charles Leclerc) 1m 33. 533 0. 301 s

3 Red Bull (Max Verstappen) ) 1m 11. 547 0. 315 s

4 Toro Rosso (Pierre Gasly) 1m . 509 1. 232 s

5 McLaren (Carlos Sainz) 1m 14. 667 1. 435

6 Racing Point (Lance Stroll) 1m
. 744 1. 512 s

7 Alfa Romeo (Antonio Giovinazzi) ) 1m 14. 839 with 1. 607 s

8 Renault (Daniel Ricciardo) 1m 34. 924 1 728
9 Haas (Kevin Magnussen)

1m 35. 442 with 2. 40 s

(*********************************************************************) Williams (George Russell) 1m

. 749 with 3. 517 s

Looking at total times, the fastest Hamilton was 0.3 seconds better than the second-ranked Leclerc and 0, 8 seconds faster than team-mate and only challenger for the title, Valtteri Bottas. Mercedes W was once again the best in slow and medium speed cornering, and Hamilton made up for the gap in the plane with the help of Robert Kubica's fast lap.

Ferrari certainly remains in the pole vault, as Vettel and Leclerc are expected to race with a limited power of the powertrain on Friday, and Scuderia will only use its full power on qualifications. Red Bull is also close, and Verstappen was extremely fast especially in the first sector, where fast turns are prevalent.


Race simulations reveal that the power balance between the top three teams is extremely even. Hamilton was just a few thousandths faster than Verstappen in the introductory stint on the softest tire mix, while Vettel was a bit faster than the Mercedes racer with a stiffer compound.

1 stint (delicate) HAM 1: . 676 (8 rounds) VER 35. 728 (5) LEC 36. 262 (9)

1 stint (medium): VET . 564 (3) BOT 39. 938 (9)

2 stint (medium: LEC

. 394 (6) VER 35. 750 ( 4) Laborious 2nd Stint: HAM 35. 119 (6) VET 40. 533 (9)

Ferrari had the best racing day with the medium tire, which was confirmed by Charles Leclerc in the second stint, while Hamilton impressed most with the toughest mixture.

Hamilton s with the help of Williams to the top, the differences are small

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