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The 2020 Austria 02 Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:13 pm

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 2nd round of the 2020 season taking place in Spielberg, Austria between the 10th and 12th of July.
This is the second of two events over successive weekends in Austria in this revised 2020 season.

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

Picks for Austria 02 '20 close at the start of Saturday practice.

The event timetable for the Styrian 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 15:10 local time - 13:10 GMT

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

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Re: The 2020 Austria 02 Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:48 pm

We return to Austria for a second time this weekend and what have we learned?
1. Mercedes are not as dominant as in previous years. Yes, if their ducks all fall into line, they can get home with both the top spots on the podium but their cars aren't the same as in previous years. Maybe it was a bad batch of sensors that caused both to maintain a slightly less dominant pace. Who really knows.
2. Ferrari don't have the pace of 2019. This incarnation of a race car isn't anywhere near a good as previous years. Qualifying was disastrous for both Leclerc and Vettel. Again, Ferrari we in the right place when it hit the fan to capitalize on the problems incurred during the race.
3. Red Bull do not have the same qualifying pace as Mercedes. Race trim, the car is somewhat close however the right strategy and a lot of lock will see them at the top.
4. Racing Point have a wonderful machine this year. In the hands of Sergio Perez, this thing is a weapon. Again not quite at the top but a solid podium candidate.
5. McLaren have a wonderful chassis however their Renault power unit isn't up to scratch. Sure, Lando Norris did the fastest lap on the last lap of Austria Mk.1 but the opportunity only presented itself due to extremely unusual circumstances.
6. Renault are a mid field team. Daniel Ricciardo did qualify in the top 10, just. Esteban Ocon brought his home in the points but only 11 cars crossed the line. Finishing virtually guaranteed points.
7. AlphaTauri also seem to have gone nowhere. The Honda seems to be reliable but it's just not happening for them.
8. Alfa Romeo, Haas and Williams are still supporting the bottom end of the field. Williams have gone forward while the others haven't gone anywhere.

So now is their chance to prove me wrong. The teams have 5 days to turn things around to show me that the event of last weekend is a statistical anomaly. Bring on Austria Mk2!

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Re: The 2020 Austria 02 Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:45 pm

FP1 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:04.867	Sergio Perez	   Racing Point
2	1:04.963	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
3	1:05.089	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
4	1:05.120	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
5	1:05.396	Lance Stroll	   Racing Point
6	1:05.483	Alexander Albon	   Red Bull Racing
7	1:05.602	Carlos Sainz	   McLaren
8	1:05.698	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
9	1:05.769	Daniel Ricciardo   Renault
10	1:05.770	Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari
11	1:05.815	Daniil Kvyat	   AlphaTauri
12	1:05.837	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
13	1:05.874	Esteban Ocon	   Renault
14	1:05.908	Lando Norris	   McLaren
15	1:06.441	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
16	1:06.446	Romain Grosjean	   Haas
17	1:06.768	Jack Aitken	   Williams
18	1:06.797	Robert Kubica	   Alfa Romeo Racing
19	1:09.598	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
20	No Time		Kevin Magnussen	   Haas
This was a fairly uneventful practice with Kevin Magnussen spending most of the session in the garage.
Nicholas Latifi caused the only red flag by stopping out on the circuit.

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Re: The 2020 Austria 02 Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:08 am

FP2 Result

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:03.660	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
2	1:03.703	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
3	1:03.877	Sergio Perez	   Racing Point
4	1:04.241	Lance Stroll	   Racing Point
5	1:04.333	Carlos Sainz   	   McLaren
6	1:04.348	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
7	1:04.437	Alexander Albon	   Red Bull Racing
8	1:04.541	Lando Norris	   McLaren
9	1:04.706	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
10	1:04.746	Esteban Ocon	   Renault
11	1:04.757	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
12	1:05.050	Daniil Kvyat	   AlphaTauri
13	1:05.152	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
14	1:05.365	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
15	1:05.588	George Russell	   Williams
16	1:05.613	Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari
17	1:05.655	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
18	1:05.790	Kevin Magnussen	   Haas
19	1:06.096	Romain Grosjean	   Haas
20	No Time		Daniel Ricciardo   Renault
Stewards reviewed video footage from practice session 1 and determined that Lando Norris passed cars while under yellow flag conditions. He will now carry a 3 place grid penalty into the race.
Daniel Ricciardo lost the rear of his Renault and ended heavily into the tyre barriers in the next to last corner. He is fine, the car not so.

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Re: The 2020 Austria 02 Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:33 pm

There's heavy rain forecast for today (Saturday).
There's talk of qualifying being postponed to race day morning or even cancelled.
We'll see what eventuates.

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Re: The 2020 Austria 02 Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:01 pm

FP3 looks like it is cancelled for today. A decision on qualifying will be made at 3pm local time.

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Re: The 2020 Austria 02 Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:25 am

Qualifying

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:19.273	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
2	1:20.489	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
3	1:20.671	Carlos Sainz	   McLaren
4	1:20.701	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
5	1:20.922	Esteban Ocon	   Renault
6	1:20.925	Lando Norris	   McLaren
7	1:21.011	Alexander Albon	   Red Bull Racing
8	1:21.028	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
9	1:21.192	Daniel Ricciardo   Renault
10	1:21.651	Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
11	1:19.628	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
12	1:19.636	George Russell	   Williams
13	1:19.645	Lance Stroll	   Racing Point
14	1:19.717	Daniil Kvyat	   AlphaTauri
15	1:20.211	Kevin Magnussen	   Haas
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
16	1:21.372	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
17	1:21.607	Sergio Perez	   Racing Point
18	1:21.759	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
19	1:21.831	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
20	No Time		Romain Grosjean	   Haas
Lando Norris carries a 3 place grid penalty into the race for a Friday yellow flag infraction.
Charles Leclerc incurs a 3 place grid penalty for impeding Daniil Kvyat during Q2.
Antonio Giovinazzi brought a premature end to Q1 following an off into the barriers in turn 9.
This incident also impacted many driver's final runs due to the red flag with 13 seconds left in the session.

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Re: The 2020 Austria 02 Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:54 am

Race Results

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Pos	Driver		   Team
1	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
2	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
3	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
4	Alexander Albon	   Red Bull Racing
5	Lando Norris	   McLaren
6	Sergio Perez	   Racing Point 
7	Lance Stroll	   Racing Point
8	Daniel Ricciardo   Renault
9	Carlos Sainz	   McLaren
10	Daniil Kvyat	   AlphaTauri
11	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
12	Kevin Magnussen	   Haas
13	Romain Grosjean	   Haas
14	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
15	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
16	George Russell	   Williams
17	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
DNF	Esteban Ocon	   Renault
DNF	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
DNF	Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari

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Re: The 2020 Austria 02 Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:02 am

That was some conclusion to the race. These have been two great weekends of racing in Austria.
Bring on Hungary next weekend!

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