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The 2018 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:07 am

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 9th round of the 2018 season taking place in Spielberg, Austria between the 29th of June and the 1st of July.

To submit your 10 'n' Pole Picks for Austria click here, to register in the competition click here

Picks for Austria close at the start of Saturday practice.

The event timetable for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Friday
Practice 1 11:00 local time - 09:00 GMT
Practice 2 15:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 3 12:00 local time - 10:00 GMT
Qualifying 15:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 15:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

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Re: The 2018 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:03 pm

This weekend sees the return to the Red Bull Ring for the second of 3 events in 3 weekends.

I expect to see the Mercedes domination of this track continue however the Ferrari did show a surprising turn of speed last weekend.
The Red Bulls, in the hands of Verstappen and Ricciardo, should again be near the pace however the slight lack of Renault power will hamper their progress.
Surprise of last weekend was the pace of the Haas team. If they are able to dial the cars in again this weekend, they will be near the pointy end.
Renault should also prove to be near the next best as will Force India.
I don't expect the Sauber to be quite as good at this circuit however Charles Leclerc may prove me wrong.
Toro Rosso and McLaren will again fight out the next to rear battle and, unfortunately, Williams will again be at the rear.

These are my thoughts, what say you?

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Re: The 2018 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:17 pm

FP1 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:04.839	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	1:04.966	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
3	1:05.072	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
4	1:05.180	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
5	1:05.483	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
6	1:05.776	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
7	1:06.028	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
8	1:06.055	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
9	1:06.215	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
10	1:06.394	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
11	1:06.400	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
12	1:06.404	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
13	1:06.427	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
14	1:06.455	Sergio Perez	  Force India
15	1:06.479	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
16	1:06.567	Lance Stroll	  Williams
17	1:06.612	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
18	1:06.698	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
19	1:06.871	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
20	1:07.424	Robert Kubica	  Williams
Mercedes turned up with some serious chassis updates for this event.
One of the smaller updates is the rear view mirror supports. Funny how Force India and Red Bull also have the same idea at the same time.

The teams got down to business and all seemed to do their scheduled runs.
Verstappen dipped his left wheel in the gravel coming out of turn 4 and looped his Red Bull before continuing on.
Vandoorne had a little off track in the final turn which resulted in the disintegration of the nose of the McLaren.

The stewards are investigating an 'unsafe release' from the pits by Vandoorne which almost caused a collision in the pit lane with Vettel.

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Re: The 2018 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:07 am

FP2 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:04.579	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	1:04.755	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
3	1:04.815	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
4	1:05.031	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
5	1:05.125	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	1:05.265	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
7	1:05.429	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
8	1:05.559	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
9	1:05.758	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
10	1:05.930	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
11	1:05.999	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
12	1:06.096	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
13	1:06.133	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
14	1:06.199	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
15	1:06.273	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
16	1:06.326	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
17	1:06.332	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
18	1:06.354	Sergio Perez	  Force India
19	1:06.429	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
20	1:06.626	Lance Stroll	  Williams
Pierre Gasly's practice program was interrupted with a left font suspension failure after a small off at turn 9. The team repaired the car however half the session time was lost in doing so.
The Ferrari looks really good and fast on the long runs. Red Bull seems to the one who is struggling the most with, what looks like, graining on the rears and a lack of pace.
Fernando Alonso struggled throughout the session with the need for a floor change and the balance of the McLaren not there

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Re: The 2018 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:02 am

FP3 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:04.070	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
2	1:04.099	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
3	1:04.204	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
4	1:04.470	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
5	1:04.791	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	1:04.891	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
7	1:04.916	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
8	1:05.013	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
9	1:05.086	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
10	1:05.219	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
11	1:05.228	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
12	1:05.264	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
13	1:05.444	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
14	1:05.448	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
15	1:05.502	Sergio Perez	  Force India
16	1:05.699	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
17	1:05.705	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
18	1:05.837	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
19	1:06.029	Lance Stroll	  Williams
20	1:06.318	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams

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Re: The 2018 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:10 am

Qualifying

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:03.130	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
2	1:03.149	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
3	1:03.464	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
4	1:03.660	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
5	1:03.840	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	1:03.892	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
7	1:03.996	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
8	1:04.051	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
9	1:04.725	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
10	1:05.019	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
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11	1:04.845	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
12	1:04.874	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
13	1:04.979	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
14	1:05.058	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
15	1:05.286	Lance Stroll	  Williams
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16	1:05.271	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
17	1:05.279	Sergio Perez	  Force India
18	1:05.322	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
19	1:05.366	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
20	1:05.479	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
Penalties
Sebastian Vettel penalised three grid places for impeding Carlos Sainz in Q2. Will start from P6
Charles Leclerc penalised five grid places for an unscheduled gearbox change. Will start from P18

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Re: The 2018 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:00 am

Starting Grid

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:03.130	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
2	1:03.149	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
3	1:03.660	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
4	1:03.840	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
5	1:03.892	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
6	1:03.464	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
7	1:03.996	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
8	1:04.051	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
9	1:04.725	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
10	1:05.019	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
11	1:04.845	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
12	1:04.874	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
13	1:05.286	Lance Stroll	  Williams
14	1:05.271	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
15	1:05.279	Sergio Perez	  Force India
16	1:05.322	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
17	1:04.979	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber 
18	1:05.479	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber 
19	1:05.366	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
20	1:05.058	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
Alonso will start from pit lane for new-spec parts being fitted under parc ferme.

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Re: The 2018 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:06 am

Results

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Pos	Driver		  Car
1	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
2	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
3	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
4	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
5	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
6	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
7	Sergio Perez	  Force India
8	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
9	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
10	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
11	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
12	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
13	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
14	Lance Stroll	  Williams
15	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
DNF	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
DNF	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
DNF	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
DNF	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
DNF	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault

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