July 26, 2021

Styria F1 GP, TL3: Everything ready for a very interesting qualifying

The first two drivers in the championship, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, bet on the qualifying simulation, with the Dutchman initially faster, but the Briton beat the time and moved to the top of the timesheet with 1:04.369s.

The first 10 minutes of the last practice session of the Styrian GP was only used by the two Haas cars to go to the track, all the other drivers stayed in the garages, as there was no threat of rain, as happened yesterday. Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton only took to the track after the initial 20 minutes.

With only 15 minutes elapsed in the session, all the drivers – except for the 2 drivers from Red Bull and Mercedes – went out onto the track and started to set times, but most of them with medium tires on their cars.

Valtteri Bottas was the first driver to set a time worthy of the name (1:06.063s), having been beaten by Max Verstappen shortly afterwards (1:05.571s).

Nikita Mazepin, back on track on soft tyres, had a small spin on turn 1, ruining a set of new tyres.

After half an hour of training, Verstappen managed a cannon time on the Austrian track, having completed his lap in 1:04.971s, however on the entry to the last 15 minutes, first Bottas and then Hamilton beat Verstappen’s time. . Lewis Hamilton needed 1:04.369s to complete the lap.

Verstappen in the closing stages, tried to beat Hamilton’s time, but lost tenths of a second in the first sector, getting 0.204s off the best time. There was still time for one more attempt, the last one, lowering the gap to 0.201s, but his time was erased by overstepping the track limits.

Valtteri Bottas was third fastest, and without incident this time, beating Sergio Perez.