The Red-Bull Ring! Guess who’s our favorite for the win/most points gained for the constructors today ?? Well… at least you can guess mine. Matt’s too proud to even consider McLaren not winning. Welcome back to race day! The teams line up in the Austrian track in a few hours, so get ahead of the times and catch our pre-race thoughts!
The Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg, originally the Zeltweg came about in 1969, this track is known today by a more fearsome (and fitting) name , The Red-Bull ring. With the name change, this track was shortened into a more modern track in the the winter of 1995-1996. Previously known as the A1-Ring, it was opened in 1996, with Formula 1 arriving at the circuit a year later, and has hosted a number of marvelous races since then.
I just said they shortened the track, well that’s a little bit of an understatement. The Red-Bull ring packs a lot into a short lap, while the first half rewards power with three long straights with 2 DRS zones and a pair of uphill right-handers, the drivers then have to work for their buck during the second half, as they work themselves downhill through a series of quick corners including a very quick right-hander. Exciting.
Like last week, SUPER Max Verstappen gave Red Bull the perfect start on their home turf by fending off both Mercedes’ drivers during qualifying. This track has been a happy hunting ground for Verstappen in the past years, winning twice here. The Dutchman seeks to re-visit his on-form performances this season on this circuit, and seems to be on track yet again.
Championship leader Max Verstappen is set to start at P1 after 2 amazing laps yesterday during qualifying. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas was ahead of teammate Hamilton into the second lap but as we’ve all come to realize, the bad luck this dude has to face week in week out is laughable at this point. The Finn spun in the pits during Practice and was given a 3-place-penalty, meaning he’ll start in P5 while Hamilton gears up in P2. And for the, maybe, sixth time (?) since I’ve been writing these articles: you’ve got to feel bad for the guy.
The reigning world champion improved his second run but was still a second of off the pace. Hamilton was then unable to improve his time by putting too much pressure on the tyres and almost spinning out. To his credit, he kept the car from crashing and kept moving forward, but lost time and speed during the bout.
McLaren’s Lando Norris finished a strong fourth- which subsequently becomes P3 because of the Bottas fiasco ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez at P4. Pierre Gasly for Alpha Tauri continues his in-form performances, being quickest of all in Q2- qualifies sixth, his sixth top-six start in EIGHT Grand Prix weekends this season. Ferrari’s Leclerc was seventh ahead of Tsunoda who made his second Q3 appearance in the last three Grand Prix, but remains under investigation for allegedly blocking Bottas during a flying lap.
Alpine’s Fernando Alonso beats out Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll for P9, with Stroll starting at P10 respectively, ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel for the first time in four races. And that closes out our top 10, here are the full results.
“It’s been a very good weekend,” said pole-sitter Verstappen. “Again in qualifying the car was really good to drive. It was not easy to deal with the traffic in the last few corners to get a clean run but I think that first lap in Q3 was good enough in the end. And of course super happy to be on pole here at home. It’s always nice to see a Red Bull car first here.”
The Styrian Grand Prix kicks off at 15:00 later on today, I’m on the edge of my seat and so are the people here at REVVED. Aren’t you ??