F1 Review: Austrian Grand Prix

Austrian Grand Prix Review

Lewis Hamilton regained his rhythm after a successful weekend in Montreal. His satisfying victory seemed to cement his ways of winning again, and his determination in Austria has to be at an all-time high. But he plays it strictly cool. Nico has needed to find that “extra bit” to put the pressure on his double-champ teammate, and hasn’t quite yet made the mark he (and many others) would like him to.

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg

Qualifying

The penalties had already begun hours before the opening of Q1 on Saturday. Red Bull and McLaren at the front of it all. McLaren had amassed 45 place penalties between its two drivers.

Lewis Hamilton slotted his Mercedes into a predictable pole position, two tenths ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg, and equalling Sebastien Vettel’s recorded pole positions of 45. Both Nico and Lewis were due for two final laps at the end of Q3, but both made errors sending them off the track limits. The two settled for their penultimate lap times instead, and could do nothing more.

Sebastien Vettel came a usual third on the log with Kimi Raikkonen only starting in eighteenth – a bizarre team-to-driver communication error prevented him from setting a hot lap.

Felipe Massa held steady and put his Williams in fourth with Bottas in sixth, giving the Brazilian some breathing space from his teammate.

Max Verstappen is a veteran at the Red Bull Ring. He kept his Toro Rosso in seventh with Spaniard teammate Carlos Sainz in thirteenth. He opted for a higher downforce package this weekend.

The first of the Red Bulls found Daniil Kvyat in eighth. Ricciardo could only manage fourteenth.

To finish the top ten, Romain Grosjean followed, with Felipe Nasr four tenths behind him.

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POS. NO. DRIVER TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 44 LEWIS HAMILTON MERCEDES 1:12.218 1:09.062 1:08.455 30
2 6 NICO ROSBERG MERCEDES 1:10.976 1:08.634 1:08.655 31
3 5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL FERRARI 1:11.184 1:09.392 1:08.810 21
4 19 FELIPE MASSA WILLIAMS 1:11.830 1:09.719 1:09.192 27
5 27 NICO HULKENBERG FORCE INDIA 1:11.319 1:09.604 1:09.278 22
6 77 VALTTERI BOTTAS WILLIAMS 1:11.894 1:09.598 1:09.319 26
7 33 MAX VERSTAPPEN TORO ROSSO 1:11.307 1:09.631 1:09.612 28
8 26 DANIIL KVYAT RED BULL 1:12.092 1:10.187 1:09.694 32
9 12 FELIPE NASR SAUBER 1:12.001 1:09.652 1:09.713 29
10 8 ROMAIN GROSJEAN LOTUS 1:11.821 1:09.920 22
11 13 PASTOR MALDONADO LOTUS 1:11.661 1:10.374 22
12 9 MARCUS ERICSSON SAUBER 1:12.388 1:10.426 20
13 55 CARLOS SAINZ TORO ROSSO 1:11.158 1:10.465 23
14 3 DANIEL RICCIARDO RED BULL 1:11.973 1:10.482 19
15 14 FERNANDO ALONSO MCLAREN 1:12.508 1:10.736 22
16 11 SERGIO PEREZ FORCE INDIA 1:12.522 13
17 22 JENSON BUTTON MCLAREN 1:12.632 12
18 7 KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN FERRARI 1:12.867 10
19 98 ROBERTO MERHI MARUSSIA 1:14.071 12
20 28 WILL STEVENS MARUSSIA 1:15.368 11

Note – Ricciardo and Kvyat drop 10 grid places for using a fifth engine in 2015. Button drops 25 for using a sixth turbocharger, a sixth MGU-H, a fifth engine and a fifth MGU-K. Alonso drops 25 for a fifth engine, a fifth turbocharger, a fifth MGU-H and an unscheduled gearbox change.

Note – Q1 107% time: 1:15.944

Race

With the two Mercs on the front row, a usual start was expected. But it wasn’t what we got. Lewis held a poor start which set the tone for the rest of the race. Perhaps he is just too relaxed? Too distracted with his busy, rock star lifestyle. After the first pit stop, Lewis crossed the white line on exit of the pits and received a post-race penalty of five seconds.

A faulty pit stop for Vettel ruined his chances of a podium, subsequently handing it over to Felipe Massa. Sebastien forfeited four points for the defective right rear tyre change.

Bottas finished with a strong fifth. An average result, but did not reflect his performance. Through the majority of the day, he had theatrical battles with Lotus and Force India drivers. Nico Hulkenberg couldn’t hold his fifth place, but he certainly proved his worth in a car that is just not as strong as the rest of the field.

Pastor Maldonado showed no signs of anxiety on Sunday. His massive 180mph tank-slapper on the main straight highlighted his desire to compete, and to compete fearlessly. He finished seventh.

Along in the rest of the lower top ten tussles, Sergio Perez finished behind max Verstappen to take ninth. Daniel Ricciardo brought up the rear in tenth – a dismal race for Red Bull.

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POS. DRIVER COUNTRY TEAM TIME POINTS
1 NICO ROSBERG GER MERCEDES 1:30:16.930 25
2 LEWIS HAMILTON GBR MERCEDES +8.800s 18
3 FELIPE MASSA BRA WILLIAMS +17.573s 15
4 SEBASTIAN VETTEL GER FERRARI +18.181s 12
5 VALTTERI BOTTAS FIN WILLIAMS +53.604s 10
6 NICO HULKENBERG GER FORCE INDIA +64.075s 8
7 PASTOR MALDONADO VEN LOTUS +1 lap 6
8 MAX VERSTAPPEN NED TORO ROSSO +1 lap 4
9 SERGIO PEREZ MEX FORCE INDIA +1 lap 2
10 DANIEL RICCIARDO AUS RED BULL +1 lap 1
11 FELIPE NASR BRA SAUBER +1 lap 0
12 DANIIL KVYAT RUS RED BULL +1 lap 0
13 MARCUS ERICSSON SWE SAUBER +2 laps 0
14 ROBERTO MERHI ESP MARUSSIA +3 laps 0
RT ROMAIN GROSJEAN FRA LOTUS DNF 0
RT CARLOS SAINZ ESP TORO ROSSO DNF 0
RT JENSON BUTTON GBR MCLAREN DNF 0
RT WILL STEVENS GBR MARUSSIA DNF 0
RT KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN FIN FERRARI DNF 0
RT FERNANDO ALONSO ESP MCLAREN DNF 0

Dane Hansen

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