EverythingF1 Qualifying Report
Finally, we have a qualifying session to report on. The Austrian weather tried its hardest to cancel the Qualifying.
As the Covid 19 pandemic continues to effect the world and F1, we are still at the Redbull Ring for the Styrian GP.
Qualifying 1 is 18 minutes long with the 5 slowest cars eliminated, Qualifying 2 is 15 minutes long with the 5 slowest cars eliminated.
The final session is for the top 10 shoot-out, this session is 12 minutes long and will determine 1 to 10 places on the grid.
The bottom 5 drivers were
20th Grosjean (HAAS)
19th Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
18th Latifi (Williams)
17th Perez (Racing Point)
16th Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
A couple of surprises for Q1 as we see a Williams in to Q2 and A Racing Point stuck in 17th. George Russell managed to get the Williams into Q2 for the first time in his F1 Career. Sergio Perez lost out in the changeable conditions, qualifying in 17th, in a car the was reported to be close to the 3rd fastest car on the grid. A miserable start to 2020 continues for HAAS as Grosjean didn’t manage to book a time after, what looks like another break issue.
15th Magnussen (HAAS)
14th Kvyat ( Alpha Tauri)
13th Stroll (Racing Point)
12th Russell (Williams)
11th Leclerc (Ferrari)
Some high profile casulties in this session, with the Racing Point of Lance Stroll qualifying in 13th and Leclerc in the Ferrari qualifying in 11th, this is the second week in a row that a Ferrari couldn’t make it into Q3. A special mention to George Russell who got the Williams into 12th.
Q3 and Pole
POLE: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2nd: Max Veerstappen (Redbull)
3rd: Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
4th: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
5th Esteban Ocon (Renault)
6th Lando Norris (Mclaren, starts 9th due to penalty)
7th Alex Albon (Redbull, starts 6th)
8th Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri, starts 7th)
9th Daniel Riccardo (Renault, starts 8th)
10th Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
The last session, the wettest of all 3, Lewis Hamilton produced a wet weather masterclass to grab his 89th pole at the Styrian GP. Max Verstappen grabbed 2nd in the Redbull.
Drive of Q3 goes to Carlos Sainz in the Mclaren who qualified in a great 3rd.. Mclaren have really improved this reason.
Esteban Ocon finally showed what he can do with an impressive 5th place in the Renault.
The misery continues for Ferrari with Sebastian Vettel qualifying in 10th. With Leclerc in 11th for the race, the question has to be how did Ferrari get it so wrong?
Lando Norris qualified in a solid 6th, however due to a penalty in Free Practice, he will start in 9th, promoting Alex Albon to 6th, Pierre Gasly to 7th and Danny Riccardo to 8th.
This is going to be another exciting race, what is going to happen, the race starts at 1410 UK time….