Austrian GP F1, Bottas pole! Ferrari, it’s pitch dark


The Finn precedes Hamilton’s other Mercedes by 12 thousandths. Third Verstappen. For the Cavallino qualifying difficult with the Monegasque who starts from the fourth row and the German eliminated in Q2

Everyone is waiting for Lewis Hamilton and instead Valtteri Bottas has emerged. The Finn, who is not new to these companies (pole n.12 of his career for him), mocked the English world champion for only 12 thousandths (1’02 “939), who didn’t shoot two clean laps in the decisive Q3 . Instead Valtteri, was very fast in the first attempt and in the second he even went out in the grass. But the first lap was enough for him. Third time for Max Verstappen, who always proves to be an uncomfortable customer for everyone on this track. Fourth was an excellent Lando Norris with McLaren, who evidently had a little hidden in the free practice. For the young Englishman it is the best qualifying result in his career. Sixth and ninth time for Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll with the surprising Racing Point.

Ferrari back

Badly the Ferraris, with Charles Leclerc seventh and Sebastian Vettel eliminated in Q2 which will be forced to start 11th. The Cavallino had said that it was not going to be an easy start, but a gap of this type, with Red Bull, McLaren and Racing Point ahead, is a bad sign. The race is still to be played, but since the new updates will only arrive in Hungary it is easy to predict that we will have to clench our teeth also next week.

So the Q1

Max Verstappen’s best time in Q1 in 1’04 “024 in front of the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton. Fourth time for Lance Stroll with the Racing Point, then there is Ferrari, fifth with Charles Leclerc, half a second behind. For Vettel eighth time behind Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez. Kevin Magnussen (Haas), George Russell (Williams), Giovinazzi and Raikkonen’s Alfa and Latifi’s Williams were eliminated.

Q2, Vettel trouble

In Q2 the Ferrari disaster, with Sebastian Vettel eliminated in the 11th time and Charles Leclerc in Q3 by a whisker, with the tenth time. Gasly, Kvyat, Ocon with Renault and Grosjean have also been eliminated. Best time for Bottas ahead of Hamilton, Albon and Norris. Verstappen tried to qualify for Q3 with the yellow tire, but then he had to change his mind and mount the soft.

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