The five eliminated in Q2 of the Austrian Grand Prix have been Carlos Sainz (by six thousandths with Russell, first time for a Williams), Leclerc, Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso and Giovinazzi. Here has begun the announced strategies to play the qualifying with the middle, the first to uncover it have been the Red Bull with Checo Pérez (1’04 ”554) and then they have also been followed by Mercedes, Ferrari, Toro Rosso and McLaren.
Verstappen has already uncovered with his 1’04 ”208 keeping Hamilton (at 0” 293) and the others at bay, the first of the rest Norris and his 1’04 ”483. After the first attack, the two Ferraris and Alonso were out of the cut (Carlos 11º and Fernando 13º), the Asturian riding four tenths slower than in his stratospheric lap in Q3 (1’04 ”472).
For the second attempt the Ferraris stayed with the media, Alonso again a soft game. Fernando had been improving, flying in the first two sectors when Vettel screwed up the clock by making him stopper between turns 9 and 10, an error by the team of not warning the German that although he has apologized and it has cost Fernando a penalty. It cost him a good result and to get back into Q3 like a week ago.
Irreproducible the radio intervention of the very angry Asturian, totally understandable. P 11 for Carlos Sainz who has touched that top-10 with the tips of his fingers until Russell has taken it from him in extremis by six thousandths and improves a place. Neither did Leclerc pass and swapped a P7 for a P12 today. Verstappen ahead with the media has scored a 1’03 ”927, three tenths better than Hamilton.