Despite a serious mistake in his second attempt at Q3, which forced Valtteri Bottas to get off the track and lose control, the 30-year-old Finn managed to win the pole position at the Red Bull Ring for tomorrow’s Austrian GP. This is the 12th pole in his career, as well as the third time that Bottas will start from the first place in this particular race.
At the same time, stopping the timers at 1: 02.939 in his first attempt, he set a new track record, and although Lewis Hamilton improved his time in his second fast attempt, he was finally 0.012 seconds slower than his team-mate.
Max Verstappen will start from third place, showing that Red Bull was the second best team of the day, but with the combination being chaotically slower in one lap. And that’s because the Dutchman’s time was 0.538 seconds worse than that of Bottas. The Dutchman, however, may have a strategic advantage in the race, as his fastest lap in the Q2 took place with Pirelli’s midfield tire, when all the other combinations of the top ten did so with the soft tire tire.
Undoubtedly, the performance of the rankings that impressed everyone was that of Lando Norris, as the 20-year-old Briton will start from the second row of the grid, bringing his McLaren to the highest point of his career. Norris managed to keep the Red Bull’s other driver behind, as Alex Albon, who was just 0.024 seconds slower than Norris but ahead of Sergio Perez’s Racing Point, will start in fifth place.
The excellent performance of the British team’s cars was confirmed by the 9th place of Lance Stroll. Carlos Sainz did not succeed more than 8th place with the second McLaren, with Daniel Ricciardo bringing the only Renault in the top ten, ason his return to F1 after November 2018 he could not find a rhythm, and will start from 14th place in the grid.
2The statements of the drivers
Statements about the lack of competitiveness in the Ferrari camp were confirmed in a very harsh way, as Charles Leclerc will start from seventh place, while Sebastian Vettel failed to enter Q3, and will start tomorrow’s race from 11th place. On the same track in 2019, Leclerc had won the pole position with a time of 1: 03,003, while this year Monegasque stopped the timers at 1: 03,923, ie 0.92 seconds slower.
And with the major upgrade of the SF1000 not reaching the Hungarian GP in two weeks, Ferrari will have to run the first two consecutive races in Austria with – essentially – the package that completed the tests in Barcelona, four months ago.
|3||Red Bull Honda||1:04.024||1:04.000||1:03.477||23|
|5||Red Bull Honda||1:04.661||1:03.746||1:03.868||18|
|6||Racing Point Mercedes||1:04.543||1:03.860||1:03.868||19|
|9||Racing Point Mercedes||1:04.309||1:03.955||1:04.029||17|
|13||AlphaTauri Honda HONDA||1:05.031||1:04.431||14|
|18||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:05.175||8|
|19||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:05.224||9|