Grand Prix of Austria – Qualifying

Vettel has spent a lot of time dealing with the fallout from his deliberate collision with HAM at the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan. At least VET admitted he was at fault. The FIA did not punish VET sufficiently during the race, and the post-race decision was no better; the optics of ex-Ferrari Jean Todt heading that committee is as bad as ever – I’d put money on a non-Ferrari driver getting a very different penalty.

Free Practice:

  1. FP1: HAM (1:05.975), VER, BOT, VET, RIC, RAI, VAN, KVY, ALO, OCO
  2. FP2: HAM (1:05.483), VET, BOT, VER, RIC, RAI, MAG, ALO, HUL, GRO
  3. FP3: VET (1:05.092), HAM, BOT, RAI, VER, RIC, MAG, GRO, KVY, SAI

HAM’s car is receiving a lot of attention – the mechanics are investigating the cause of his front right brake failure in FP3. They’ve already replaced the gearbox, incurring a 5 grid-spot penalty [FIA]

Air temperature 29°C; track 45°C; wind 4.3km/hr; 28% humidity; partly cloudy

Qualifying session 1 (Q1)
WEH, ERI, SAI, MAG and GRO are the first batch to leave the pit lane
WEH 1:08.066
ERI 1:07.764
GRO 1:06.301
MAG 1:06.143
Everyone on ultra-soft tyres so far, but then VET goes out on super-softs
GRO across the gravel at Turn 7 – took too much kerb under braking
RIC 1:06.066 (ultras)
VET 1:05.585 (supers)
MAG rear suspension failure after running over the rumble strips
HAM 1:05.238 (ultras)
HAM 1:05.064
5mins left of Q1; bottom 6 are SAI, PAL, STR, WEH, ERI
SAI jumps to P4 – that relegates MAS
PAL P15; VAN to P16
Chequered flag; bottom 5 are VAN, MAS, STR, ERI, WEH
VAN P15, pushing PAL back down
STR P18
Back of the grid: PAL, MAS, STR, ERI, WEH

Qualifying session 2
HAM 1:04.800 (supers)
BOT 1:04.640
Middle of the grid: HUL, ALO, VAN, KVY, MAG

Qualifying session 3
Top 10 shootout is between HAM*, BOT, VET, RAI, RIC, VER, GRO, PER, SAI and OCO
*Remember HAM has a 5 grid spot penalty to be applied
RIC and VER wait for the lights to change – concerns it might rain?
RIC 1:04.997
VER P2
HAM 1:04.424
BOT 1:04.251
VET P2
OCO P6
RAI P4
PER P8
GRO P7
SAI P9
RIC P5
Order is BOT, VET, HAM, RAI, RIC, VER, GRO, PER, OCO, SAI
VER doesn’t improve on P6
HAM hits the kerb quite hard on his flying lap
Yellow flag – GRO has stopped on track
Chequered flag
VER loses the tail and the gravel traps save him from the wall
Front of the grid: BOT, VET, HAM*, RAI, RIC, VER, GRO, PER, OCO, SAI
*Gearbox penalty drops HAM to P8

Provisional grid: BOT, VET, HAM*, RAI, RIC, VER, GRO, PER, OCO, SAI, HUL, ALO, VAN, KVY, MAG, PAL, MAS, STR, ERI, WEH
*Gearbox penalty drops HAM to P8

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