[F1] – Good morning dear readers of FormulaPassion.it and welcome back with the appointment dedicated to the direct text of the first free practice session of Austrian Grand Prix 2021, ninth stage of the Formula 1 world championship.
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12.14 – Teams prepare for the long run. The ranking should therefore not undergo shocks for the last quarter of an hour.
12.11 – Little action on the track at the moment, so let’s recap the positions.
- Verstappen 1:05.143
- Leclerc +0.266
- Sainz +0.288
- Tsunoda +0.331
- Bottas +0.352
- Raikkonen +0.443
- Perez +0.583
- Gasly +0.583
- Hamilton +0.749
- Norris +0.752
12.08 – Bottas climbs to P5 despite the record in the second sector.
12.07 – Leclerc in P2 with a time of 1: 05.409, the Monegasque precedes his teammate by 22 thousandths.
12.06 – In order not to miss anything, Mazepin also ruins the lap in Hamilton.
12.05 – Ferrari also runs with the C5 and Sainz immediately flies in P2 (1:05.431), a +0.288 da Verstappen.
12.04 – Soft rubber also for Tsunoda, who briefly blows the P1 at Verstappen (1:05.474). Ten seconds later the Dutchman replied with 1:05.143
12.03 – Raikkonen flies in P3 with red rubber C5 (1:05.586), Norris in P6 (1:05.895)
12.01 – The ranking of the times in the middle of the session.
12.00 – Another spin for Stroll, this time at Turn-10.
11.59 – Knocks out Hamilton, which turns in 1:05.892 and is placed in P3. However, the British (+0.324 from Verstappen) found time with the C5 soft rubber, therefore with an advantage in compound compared to the first
11.58 – Leclerc blocked the front right, complaining in the radio team about the fatigue he does in turn-1, while Raikkonen had moved up to P3 but the time was taken from the Finn.
11.56 – Leclerc joins P6 with the C4 proto tires. 1:06.112 for the Monegasque: the Ferraris are currently the first after the Honda-powered teams.
11.54 – Mazepin’s frantic search for friendship continues, which also angers Raikkonen for the excessive slowness in entering the pit lane.
11.52 – Mercedes is obviously working on the set-up: the reigning champions occupy the last two positions with Bottas and Hamilton, +3.840 and +4.120 respectively.
11.51 – Sainz sale in P3 (1:05.974) with the same tires with Honda engines.
11.50 – Ferrari in P9 and P11 with Leclerc and Sainz. The Reds have just come out on C4 proto tires.
11.49 – Four motorized Red Bulls in the first four positions, meanwhile Stroll fits into P5 with 1:06.203
11.48 – Changes in top-5.
- Verstappen 1:05.558
- Gasly +0.182
- Tsunoda +0.441
- Perez + 0.473
- Raikkonen +0.943
11.46 – Giovinazzi a Sky Sport F1: “Loading for tonight? Yes, we have to support the team, today will be a difficult but important match. Entering the track with the blue shirt I hope you do well. Penalizing not to run in PL1? In the end it is not a disadvantage for the team, for the tires we will use at Silverstone it can be, for sure we will have data from Callum and Kimi. I’m a little sorry but that’s the way it goes. Sometimes we arrive a little in the dark on the race pace on Sunday. Ten, 12 laps on the race pace are a bit missing on Sunday, but nothing changes for qualifying”
11.43 – Verstappen (C4, prototype) marks a nice time turning in 1:05.558.
11.42 – Partial records for Perez in the first, second and third sector, but the Mexican (C4, prototype) stops 24 thousandths behind Verstappen.
11.41 – Spin without consequences for Stroll.
11.40 – Time canceled for Lewis Hamilton for exceeding i track limits at the last corner.
11.39 – Gasly strengthens his P2 by turning in 1:06.035, while Verstappen tests the prototype C4.
11.38 – Verstappen dictates the step in 1:06.007. Rubber soft – C5 also for Dutch.
11.37 – Gasly in the lead with 1:06.054, Perez followed (soft – C5) a +0.322
11.36 – Ferraris are cruising with hard rubber (C3), currently they are in P6 and P7.
11.35 – Mick Schumacher on track with prototype tires. As you can see, they do not have the colored band.
11.34 – With Gasly out of time, Verstappen goes in the lead with 1:06.640
11.33 – They immediately beat him Gasly (1:06.375) and Perez (1:06.752)
11.32 – The first significant time is that of Sainz, 1:06.941.
11.31 – This is the Formula 1 weather “bulletin”.
11.30 – Ready-to-go, immediately Vettel, Sainz, Perez, Leclerc, Verstappen and Hamilton on the track.
11.27 – Iceman even in the dribbles.
11.26 – This is Alpine’s tweet for its young Chinese driver.
11.25 – Fernando Alonso will not participate in this session. In its place Guanyu Zhou.
Austrian GP, Zhou on track in PL1 with Alpine
11.23 – 40% chance of rain this session.
11.20 – 17 degrees of air, 31 degrees of asphalt: therefore very cold track, let’s see what effect it will have on the times.
11.15 – Everything is ready at Ferrari too.
11.10 – McLaren is also ready for free practice starting in 20 minutes. The long sleeves betray a temperature that is certainly not summer, despite the sun that “lights up” Andreas Seidl and Lando Norris.
11.05 – Climate from Italy-Belgium in the paddock and Giovinazzi is keen to let you know that tonight, from 9 pm, he will have commitments. He will certainly not have them in this session: in fact, Callum Ilott will replace him.
10.55 – The new experimental Pirellis on the midsize (C4) are also on the track today.
The new Pirelli tires on the track today
10.45 – While waiting for the first free practice to start, here is a review of the main issues that have emerged in the paddock since Thursday in Austria.
Paddock pills: Thursday at the Red Bull Ring
10.15 – The sky on Spielberg is cloudy and there is the possibility of some rain already in free practice.
F1 | Austrian GP 2021: chance of rain in free practice