After dominating the entire weekend, Mercedes obtained a smashing victory on the first timing practice of the year. On the other hand Ferrari was extremely weak, whereas Charles Leclerc disqualified his own team mate.
Surreal start of the season, closed doors, empty viewing areas and a very unusual setting of the forces. The disqualified/admitted Q1 racers were a true surprise, since we had to say good bye not only to the two Williams racers, but also to the two Alfa Romeo racers as well. McLaren showed strong performance, while Alfa Tauris also managed to get to the Q2.
In the second qualifying round Racing Point also stepped on the gas and gave the impression not only of a certain qualification in the Q3, but also of a real chance for landing in the second row. In the meantime the suffering Ferrari was racing in the limit zone, and in the last lap Leclerc disqualified Sebastian Vettel. However, this was not reason for which he called these events as being ‘crazy’, but rather because of Ferrari’s weakness..
The Q3 had no surprises for anybody, but only one, namely that the position was conquered not by Hamilton, but by Bottas. He obtained this result although in the second lap he made a small mistake thereby helping the Red Bull Ring’s maintenance team to reorganize the lawn. Contrary to the huge opportunity, Hamilton failed to improve his performance, therefore he will start the race as second, behind the Finnish racer. The third position was conquered by Max Verstappen, whereas the estimated place of Racing Point was overtaken by Lando Norris and his McLaren.
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