Dry session in Austria with colder temperatures than expected (32 ° C on the asphalt against 55 ° C recorded a week ago). The pilots started working with the prototype tires brought to Styria by Pirelli in view of Silverstone (first positive feedback for Max Verstappen, judging by the championship leader’s radio team).
To report a spin at the exit of the last curve for Lance Stroll and an off-piste excursion for Yuki Tsunoda at the exit of Curva-3. The fastest was Max Verstappen in 1’05 ″ 409 with soft rubber, a compound on which everyone also concentrated on the long run, because the C5 compound, which is the soft of this weekend, is the novelty of this second weekend at the Red Bull Ring where Pirelli brought the softest tires in the range, from the C3 (the hard) to the C5 (the soft).
Second and third place for the two Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, Valtteri Bottas and Yuki Tsunoda complete the top-5, with Kimi Raikkonen sixth. Seventh time for Lewis Hamilton who tried a new steering wheel that did not convince him. The solution adopted by the W12 # 44 on the rear wing supported by a decidedly more interesting single-pylon to offer less drag and therefore try to increase top speed, Achilles’ heel at this time for Mercedes in comparison with Red Bull. As for the three ‘benches’ who had the chance to lap in these PL1 14th time at the debut for Guan Yu Zhou with the Alpine, Callum Ilott with Alfa Romeo was 16th, Roy Nissany 18th at the wheel of Williams. Below are all the times and gaps of the first session of the PL1 of the Austrian Grand Prix.
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F1 | GP Austria 2021, ranking PL1