F1 Austrian Grand Prix qualifying LIVE RESULTS: Hamilton dominates practice sessions, Bottas second, Vettel off pace

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  • 4 Jul 2020, 9:09
  • Updated: 4 Jul 2020, 9:09

LEWIS HAMILTON picked up where he left off last season with the six-time world champion dominating in Austrian GP practice.

Ferrari meanwhile have got their week off to a stuttering start, with pair Charles Leclerc tenth and the outgoing Max Verstappen in twelfth during the first session.

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  • James Orr 's avatarJames Orr

    HAMILTON WAGE LATEST

    Lewis Hamilton has responded to bogus stories about his wage demands.

    Some are claiming he’s set to be offered half of his demands as a result of the tightening belts due to the F1 budget cap.

    Crucial point is that drivers’ salaries have been ring-fenced from the cost caps.

    As it stands, he’s yet to start negotiations. 

  • James Orr 's avatarJames Orr

    DAS UPDATE – ICYMI

    An update from last night. If you missed it, Red Bull were seeking clarification from the FIA about Mercedes’ DAS system – F1’s rules mean this is done in the form of a protest. 

    It’s the ability to adjust the angle of the front wheels to improve tyre life and cornering speed, so a clear advantage. 

    I was at the track until gone 9pm but was told not to expect a verdict anytime soon. 

    Now, for a technological sport, F1 is sometimes very old fashioned, so a group of people from both teams met with the FIA race stewards to talk it out. 

    Ridiculously, the stewards at each race are not part of the FIA’s technical team, who had originally approved the design. Ultimately, though, it was finally approved for a second time at 12:45am, so another late night.

    Anyway, it’s legal but here is the thing. Red Bull’s Christina Horner was measured in his comments about the DAS, which, if you ask me, imply that Red Bull could have their own version. I don’t know for sure, but if it were to arrive on their cars over the next few races, I would not be surprised. 

  • Joe Miles 's avatarJoe Miles

    GOOD MORNING F1 FANS

    Controversy has ignited the paddock less than 24 hours into the Formula 1 season.

    With Mercedes’ much-trumpeted DAS system making an appearance at Red Bull Ring yesterday, Red Bull quickly launched a protest to get to the bottom of the unique mechanism.

    The DAS adjusts the front tyres by pulling in the steering wheel in the same way a pilot pulls back on the controls to take off.

    In doing so, the system alters the front angle of the wheels to improve tyre life and handling in the corners, making the Mercedes car quicker.

    While DAS was rubber-stamped by the sport’s governing body, the FIA, at pre-season testing in Barcelona, leading teams are still unhappy.

    Mercedes were hauled in front of the stewards on Friday evening having dominated the opening Free Practice sessions.

    Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas put together consecutive one-twos with Sergio Perez’s Racing Point a surprising third in FP2 – although still half a second back.

    Both McLarens and Racing Points featured in the top ten of the second session, leaving Red Bull and Ferrari scratching their heads.

    Third practice starts at 11am before qualifying at 2pm.

  • Marc Mayo 's avatarMarc Mayo

    SATURDAY TIMINGS

    Free Practice 3 is in the books for 11am, UK time tomorrow.

    That session will be a touch shorter than today’s practice runs with qualifying up afterwards.

    The 2020 season then truly gets underway at 2pm on Saturday with qualification for the Austrian GP.

  • Marc Mayo 's avatarMarc Mayo

    NOT YET TO THE MAX

    Max Verstappen feels Friday’s running gave little indication of his Red Bull car’s true pace.

    Coming home eighth in FP2, the Dutchman blamed a broken wing for the gap between himself and the front of the pack.

    He told Sky: “I think it was a good day.

    “The lap times didn’t really say anything, because I broke my front wing on the fastest lap.

    “But we are, I think, confident. There are always things you can do better, but I think overall, it was a good day, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

  • Marc Mayo 's avatarMarc Mayo

    POINTING UPWARDS

    Sergio Perez wants Racing Point fans to keep their heads screwed on after a strong first day of running.

    Two solid finishes in FP1 and FP2 meant the Mexican could not be blamed for dreaming of a potential podium in Austria.

    However, he insisted that Saturday’s session, ahead of qualifying will be far more indicative of where the true pace lies.

    He said: “It’s been a good day.

    “I think the margins are really close, everything is extremely close, but it’s a very small track.

    “I think tomorrow it will be very important to put it together, and we’ll see where we really are.

    “We have an idea, but tomorrow is when everyone puts everything together, and it will be good to see us up there.”

  • Marc Mayo 's avatarMarc Mayo

    BEN HUNT – WOLFF REBUTTAL

    Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has struck back at Red Bull’s DAS protest, urging Christian Horner to shelve plans to scupper F1’s triumphant return by launching an appeal.

    Merc are scheduled to meet race stewards at 6:10pm this evening.

    Wolff stated: “All teams are pretty much aware that we are in a sensitive situation with going racing.

    “It’s the first race, and I think on one side, it’s fair enough to seek clarification, [but] on the other side we are aware that we don’t want to end up with a big debate on Sunday.

    “I think Christian is going to take the right actions. Controversy and different judgement on engineering innovation has always been a part of Formula One, and this is what’s to be expected in a way and it’s part of the risk.”

    He added: “I respect Christian’s position. Clarification is always good. We think we are on the right side. There was a lot of talking and exchange with the FIA.

    “That is the reason why we have it on the car, so we will both bring our arguments forward and then let’s see.”

  • Marc Mayo 's avatarMarc Mayo

    BEN HUNT – RED BULL LAUNCH PROTEST

    Red Bull have officially protested Mercedes’ genius dual-axis system – or DAS.

    The system adjusts the front tyres by pulling in the steering wheel in the same way a pilot pulls back on the controls to take off.

    In doing so, DAS alters the front angle of the wheels to improve tyre life and handling in the corners, making the Mercedes car quicker.

    While DAS was rubber-stamped by the sport’s governing body, the FIA, at pre-season testing in Barcelona, leading teams are still unhappy.

    Red Bull boss Christian Horner said: “It’s a very clever system. All credit to the ingenuity behind it, but I think the fundamental question for us is does it comply with the regulations in what is a fundamentally grey area?

    “Obviously we do want clarity on it because it does have an impact regarding the rest of this year.

    “It’s something that’s been outlawed for next year. But the question is, is it right for this year? So these are the questions that we’ll be asking of the FIA through the necessary channels.”

  • Marc Mayo 's avatarMarc Mayo

    BEN HUNT – HAMILTON’S TRIBUTE

    Lewis Hamilton says his new purple and black crash helmet is to help him promote the Black Lives Matter movement.

    He said: “This is the whole reason that the helmet has changed colour, the suit has, and also the car. It’s supporting equality and continuing to solidify that important message.

    “We currently have the mic, and people are starting to listen. We’ve got the opportunity to really push that message and really hold people accountable.

    “That’s what it’s about. I kept the purple from what I planned to start this season, it’s my favourite colour, and I hope that you get to see it when I’m in the car.”

  • Marc Mayo 's avatarMarc Mayo

    FP2 FINAL TIMES

    Let’s take a look and crunch the numbers for the top ten from FP2..

    McLaren and Racing Point will be chuffed with having two drivers in the points positions and, Mercedes aside, it is hard to mark out any clear pacesetters in the race for the podium.

    POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS

    1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:04.304 42

    2 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:04.501 +0.197s 37

    3 11 Sergio Perez RACING POINT 1:04.945 +0.641s 48

    4 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:04.961 +0.657s 48

    5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT 1:04.972 +0.668s 36

    6 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN 1:05.087 +0.783s 38

    7 18 Lance Stroll RACING POINT 1:05.135 +0.831s 48

    8 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL 1:05.215 +0.911s 41

    9 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:05.298 +0.994s 46

    10 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN 1:05.352 +1.048s 37

  • Marc Mayo 's avatarMarc Mayo

    YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND

    There was plenty of drama at Turn 1 today.

    We can expect to see plenty more at that part of the track on Sunday as the drivers’ pent-up energy is finally unleashed.

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    FORTY PHWOAR

    Hamilton is fastest then in what has to be one of the nicest-looking F1 cars of recent years.

    It looks like a designer handbag… but in a GOOD way.

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    CALENDAR MARE

    Formula One chiefs face another headache in piecing together next year’s calendar due to the coronavirus.

    The sport, which will see its first race of the season completed this Sunday in Austria, has seen ten races either cancelled or moved this season.

    The second half of this season was due to be announced earlier this week but has been delayed as the COVID-19 pandemic surges through the US and Brazil.

    And the varying infection rates across the globe means F1 is trying to second-guess where it is safe to go racing in 2021.

    FIA medical advisor Professor Eric Caumes said: “There is probably going to be a distinction between countries such as Singapore, Vietnam, other south-east Asian countries plus New Zealand, possibly Australia, where the infection rate will be down to zero — and those other countries where they did not lock down where there will still be a residual infection rate.”

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt

    HAMILTON DOES IT AGAIN

    Distracted by protests? Do me a favour…

    Hamilton is back in the car and dominating. P1 in FP1 and FP2. Make no mistake he means business this season.

    Bottas is second in both sessions and Perez third in what was an encouraging day for Racing Point.

    Alarm bells though for Red Bull, Ferrari and Renault. Haas were also disappointing.

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt

    FIVE MINUTES TO GO

    Hamilton leads Bottas and that man Perez is third again.

    But what has happened to Red Bull? Verstappen is in 8th place and Albon down in 13th. That’s not good news for the Milton Keynes-based team.

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt

    BIG MISTAKE FROM VERSTAPPEN

    Max Verstappen goes off at turn six, unfortunately for him, thats across a huge gravel trap.

    He rumbles across it but fortunately, he’s not done any damage to his car and is able to continue.

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt

    PROTESTS

    No, not taking the knee, but against Mercedes’ DAS system. This could be another long old night.

    As yet, there are no appeals against its use. However, Friday night is FIA announcement night.

    Red Bull want some clarification from the FIA, but they are not happy.

    Mercedes don’t want them to spoil the great comeback.

    Meanwhile, could a team oppose Racing Point’s pink Mercedes?

    It might just all kick off this evening….

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt

    ATTACK OF THE WOBBLES

    A few nervy moments for Kimi Raikkonen, Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen as all go off track. All escape the barriers and don’t do any damage to their cars.

    The track is now scrubbing up and the lap times are tumbling. Bottas leads Perez and Vettel. Hamilton now fourth.

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt

    A QUICK TOP 10

    30 mins into FP2…

    Top 10

    Hamilton 🚀

    Verstappen

    Stroll

    Bottas

    Perez

    Albon

    Norris

    Sainz

    Gasly

    Leclercaustriangp 🇦🇹 f1 pic.twitter.com/LxJAGuRXZ8

    — Formula 1 (@F1) July 3, 2020

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt

    HAMILTON GOES QUICKEST

    He’s only bee on the track for seven laps but Lewis Hamilton sits at the top of the timeshees (again). Verstappen is second, Lance Stroll in third.

    We still have an hour to go here, but it is again looking good for the Brit.

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt

    HAMILTON GOES OUT ON TRACK

    Lewis Hamilton, who topped FP1’s timesheets is now out on track for the first time this afternoon. Max Verstappen is currently the fastest on track.

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt

    AND NOW LATIFI SPINS

    Turn 1 has also caught out @NicholasLatifi austriangp 🇦🇹 f1 pic.twitter.com/gVF7f9vzIx

    — Formula 1 (@F1) July 3, 2020

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt

    SPIN FOR KVYAT

    It has been a miserable day back for Daniil Kvyat. The Russian made a mistake in FP1 and has now spun in FP2. Not a great start to the season.

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt

    GREEN LIGHT

    FP2 in Austria is go. First out is Romain Grosjean, who missed the majority of FP1 with a brake issue.

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    HAM TWEETS

    Lewis Hamilton has revealed how the paddock is not the same without it being packed full of people on a Grand Prix weekend.

    I can’t express how much I miss you all. Those of you i’ve met over the years at the races. It’s def a huge different not having you here. I hope that you’re all well, healthy and staying positive. You are here with me in spirit as we fight ✊🏾 love you all #TeamLH

    — Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) July 3, 2020

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