AUSTRIAN GP(1)

 

Qualifying         Race

 

Round 1 – Spielberg, 3 to 5 July 2020

 

All times UK

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Fri 3rd

FP1

1000 to 1130

0945 to 1145

 

 

FP2

1400 to 1530

1345 to 1545

 

Sat 4th

FP3

1100 to 1200

1045 to 1210

 

 

Qual

1400 to 1500-ish

1330 to 1530

Recording: 1845 to 2015

Sun 5th

Race

1410 to 1540-ish

1300 to 1730

Recording: 1830 to 2100

 

 

Individual driver’s tyre choices:

 

Pirelli is abandoning the individual driver tyre choices for 2020 and simply issuing three compounds of tyre for all teams to use.

 

All the drivers will get 2 sets of hard compound tyres (white), 3 sets of mediums (yellow), and 8 sets of softs (red).

 

FP1:

·      Very much a test and “get back into it” session, but still interesting to see the Racing Points and McLarens up there. Despite that, I should take much from the times and the order.

·      Just a reminder: the times I’ve included are: Fastest; every 1 second gap; slowest. Although if there’s a time like Grosjean’s at the bottom I will include the lowest significant time.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m04.816s

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

5

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

6

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

7

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

8

Ricciardo

Renault

1m05.860s

9

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

11

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

12

Vettel

Ferrari

 

13

Ocon

Renault

 

14

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

15

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

16

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

17

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

18

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1m06.906s

19

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

1m06.943s

20

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m46.361s

 

FP2:

The first hour of the second session is usually a slightly better indicator of form (the last 30 minutes is normally dedicated to race pace) , and if that’s the case are Racing Point and McLaren really up with Mercedes and Ferrari?  Are Haas, AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo really down with Williams? And are Red Bull sandbagging, having previously been held up as favourites for this race? And where do Renault really sit? All will be revealed in tomorrow’s qualifying session.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m04.304s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

 

5

Ricciardo

Renault

 

6

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

7

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

8

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

9

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m05.298s 

10

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

11

Ocon

Renault

 

12

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

13

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

14

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

15

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

16

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

17

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

18

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m06.278s 

20

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1m07.124s 

 

FP3:

·      If this is an indication of how qualifying is likely to go what has happened to Ferrari? Beaten by a Racing Point!!

·      Anyway: What is the Mercedes DAS, “dual axis steering”? It is a steering wheel activated system to change the front wheel toe-in. When the driver pulls back on the steering wheel the system moves the front wheels into parallel, which serves the purpose of avoiding heating the tyres due to toe-in. When the driver release that pull on the wheel the system restores the toe-in enabling better cornering. It enables a set-up change on the fly but the stewards stated it is a steering adjustment and not illegal! Other cars have had dual steering racks and the like to do much the same thing for some time, but they were automatically activated when the steering wheel was turned. The Mercedes DAS system allows the driver to decide when to activate it.  Since no changes to set-up are permitted while the car is in parc ferme conditions in and after qualifying I wonder how that will be regarded by the other teams?

·      The thorny issue of track limits rears its ugly head again. Cars are exceeding track limits all over the place with nothing being said!! Rather makes a mockery of the white line.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m04.130s

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

5

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

6

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

7

Vettel

Ferrari

 

8

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

9

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

10

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

11

Ocon

Renault

 

12

Ricciardo

Renault

 

13

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

1m05.117s

14

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

16

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

17

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

18

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

19

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m05.773s

20

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1m07.069s

 

 

Q1:

So, yes, Red Bull were sandbagging.  Everyone else is pretty much were I thought they would be, although Albon was in the garage at the end of the session with mechanics working on the car quite urgently.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

1m04.024s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

4

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

5

Leclerc

Ferrari

6

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

7

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

8

Vettel

Ferrari

9

Ricciardo

Renault

10

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

11

Norris

McLaren-Renault

12

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

13

Ocon

Renault

 

14

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

1m05.931s 

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m05.094s 

16

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m05.164s 

17

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

18

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

19

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

20

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1m06.757s 

 

Q2:

Mercedes pulled out the stops for this session and broke the track record. Ferrari are definitely in trouble. Funny how they haven’t gone very fast since the engine protests and stuff last season!!

Red Bull got Albon sorted OK, obviously!!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m03.015s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

5

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

6

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

8

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

9

Ricciardo

Renault

1m04.023s

10

Leclerc

Ferrari1m04.041s

1m04.014s

11

Vettel

Ferrari

1m04.206s

12

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

13

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

14

Ocon

Renault

 

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m04.691s 

 

Q3:

Stroll and Ricciardo didn’t go out for the first run, and although Stroll went out between everyone elses first and second runs, Ricciardo didn’t and when Bottas went off and caused yellow flags it showed up the dangers of only doing the one run which was compromised. His race should be interesting to watch, though.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m02.939s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

5

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

6

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

7

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m03.923s

8

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

9

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

10

Ricciardo

Renault

1m04.239s

 

GRID:

Hamilton penalised three places on grid for ignoring yellow flags at the end of Q3.

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

22

 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

20

 

3

Norris

McLaren-Renault

19

 

4

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

18

 

5

Hamilton

Mercedes

17

Penalty

6

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

16

7

Leclerc

Ferrari

15

8

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

14

9

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

13

10

Ricciardo

Renault

12

11

Vettel

Ferrari

10

12

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

9

13

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

8

 

14

Ocon

Renault

7

 

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

6

 

16

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

5

 

17

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

4

 

18

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

3

 

19

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

2

 

20

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1

 

 

RACE:

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

1

Bottas

Mercedes

71 

22

2

Leclerc

Ferrari

71

20

3

Norris

McLaren-Renault

71

20

Fastest Lap

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

71

18

Penalty

5

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

71

17

6

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

71

16

7

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

71

15

8

Ocon

Renault

71

14

9

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

71

13

10

Vettel

Ferrari

71

12

11

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

71

10

12

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

69

9

Tyre

13

Albon

Red Bull-Renault

67

8

Engine

14

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

53

7

Lost wheel

15

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

49

6

Fuel pressure

16

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

49

5

Brakes

17

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

24

4

Brakes

18

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

20

3

Engine sensor

19

Ricciardo

Renault

17

2

Overheating

20

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

11

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