August 6, 2021

STYRIA F1 GP: Max Verstappen secures pole position

Max Verstappen was the fastest man in the Styrian GP qualifying with a fantastic time of 1:03.841s. Lewis Hamilton couldn’t do better than third place, but as Valtteri Bottas got the second fastest time, the Briton climbs to second place, while his teammate is in fifth place.

Lando Norris was fourth fastest (+0. ) and Sergio Perez was fifth. Both drivers move up one position with a penalty of 3 places on Bottas’ grid.

Yuki Tsunoda is under investigation for a maneuver in Q3.

Pierre Gasly finished qualifying with the 6th best time, followed by Charles Leclerc, Yuki Tsunoda, Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll closed the top 10.

Lewis Hamilton was the first driver to time, slower than Sergio Perez on the same tire compound did in Q2, 1:04.205s.

In the first attempt to secure pole position for tomorrow’s race, Max Verstappen was the fastest and the only one to enter the second 03, with a time of 1:03.841s. Hamilton remained second fastest and Lando Norris was third fastest man, 0.403s ahead of the Dutchman. Bottas and Perez closed the top 5.

Surprise: Vettel, Sainz and Ricciardo out
Sergio Perez left for Q2 with a set of new soft tyres, unlike his teammate Max Verstappen and the two Mercedes drivers.

Max Verstappen did two quick laps in a row, while Lewis Hamilton only managed a good time on the second quick lap. On the first lap of the circuit, the Brit missed the braking point at turn 3 and lost time.

Pierre Gasly surprised by placing himself as the fastest man before the last attempt to improve the times, with the lap completed in 1:04.429s, with Verstappen just 0.004s behind.

The 15 riders all fit in less than 1 second apart. All with little advantage as they went out for the last quick lap of Q2.

On the final lap, Sebastian Vettel and Carlos Sainz had their laps erased and went into Q2, with Russell just 0.008s away from making it to Q3. Russell, Sainz, Vettel, the disappointing Daniel Ricciardo and Antonio Giovinazzi were left out.

George Russell faster than Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo
In Q1, Max Verstappen started well, but Nicholas Latifi secured a good lap, before the last attempt for all drivers (1:05.175s), with some pit walls on general alert after the time set by the Canadian.

Sergio Perez was way behind his teammate, around 0.7s more than the Dutchman.

In the last attempt of Q1, George Russell secured a faster time than his teammate, with the Canadian failing to improve his time and staying 0.053s off Daniel Ricciardo, who was only 15th fastest.

Esteban Ocon was also down the road in Q1, along with Kimi Raikkonen, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.