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Styria, FP2: Verstappen Before Bottas and Perez

Improving Red Bull Racing, constant Mercedes, a continuously growing Racing Point and a so far horrible Ferrari – these are the conclusions and the characteristics of the Styrian Grand Prix from Friday.

Let us start with the most important factor: According to the weather forecast tomorrow’s weather will be pretty chaotic, therefore the F1 has already come up with a plan B (Qualifying race on Sunday morning), should the initial plans need postponing. However, the postponed programs might not be held either, leading to a more significant FP2, the results of which may be used for establishing the starting grid.

The racers rolled in an intense-average mix of temperatures and the larger teams built their tactics by considering also the other possibility mentioned. Soon after the race started Daniel Ricciardo suffered an ugly accident, he crashed his car and because of this he suffered also a slight accident.

Following this mandatory break the pole position was occupied by the Racing Point drivers, while the others were unable to reach the Perez-Stroll duo for quite a time, contrary to using softer tires. In the meantime Max Verstappen faced again terrifying engine problems, thereby losing also a good part of this performance. The Red Bull Honda racing car refused to give in also with e Alexander Albon in the driver’s seat. After racing half the practice Bottas managed to overtake the pink racing cars, however his happiness did not last long. In a strong middle section Verstappen overtook him and won the training before the Finnish racer and Perez. This means, that under extreme circumstances, the starting positions may totally change, in which case we estimate that the starting grid would look as follows: Verstappen – Bottas – Perez.

Let us not forget Scuderia Ferrari either, who after after ages managed to pull up a so far unseen ‘performance’ – please take a look at the results’ chart below…

The back shown to many racers for a long time
1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:03.660   27
2 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:03.703 +0.043s 36
3 11 Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:03.877 +0.217s 43
4 18 Lance Stroll RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:04.241 +0.581s 43
5 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 1:04.333 +0.673s 45
6 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:04.348 +0.688s 27
7 23 Alexander Albon RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:04.437 +0.777s 29
8 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN RENAULT 1:04.541 +0.881s 31
9 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:04.706 +1.046s 35
10 31 Esteban Ocon RENAULT 1:04.746 +1.086s 32
11 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:04.757 +1.097s 37
12 26 Daniil Kvyat ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:05.050 +1.390s 34
13 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:05.152 +1.492s 23
14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:05.365 +1.705s 36
15 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:05.588 +1.928s 34
16 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:05.613 +1.953s 40
17 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:05.655 +1.995s 49
18 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:05.790 +2.130s 36
19 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:06.096 +2.436s 38
20 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT     2

Author: Tóth Krisztián Márk

Photo: Steven Tee/ Motorsport Images

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