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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
133Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA1:03.660 27
277Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:03.703+0.043s36
311Sergio PerezRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:03.877+0.217s43
418Lance StrollRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:04.241+0.581s43
555Carlos SainzMCLAREN RENAULT1:04.333+0.673s45
644Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:04.348+0.688s27
723Alexander AlbonRED BULL RACING HONDA1:04.437+0.777s29
84Lando NorrisMCLAREN RENAULT1:04.541+0.881s31
916Charles LeclercFERRARI1:04.706+1.046s35
1031Esteban OconRENAULT1:04.746+1.086s32
1110Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI HONDA1:04.757+1.097s37
1226Daniil KvyatALPHATAURI HONDA1:05.050+1.390s34
137Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:05.152+1.492s23
1499Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:05.365+1.705s36
1563George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:05.588+1.928s34
165Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:05.613+1.953s40
176Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:05.655+1.995s49
1820Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:05.790+2.130s36
198Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI1:06.096+2.436s38
203Daniel RicciardoRENAULT  2

Author: Tóth Krisztián Márk

Photo: Steven Tee/ Motorsport Images

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