Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Charles Leclerc set the pace Friday in a F2 session at the Red Bull Ring that disrupted by crashes Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas.
Y 2018 Austrian Grand Prix winner, Mr. Verstappen lost the back end of his Red Bull racer going through the final Turn 10, rotating the car before sliding backwards and crashing into the barriers to bring out the Red flags.
Once the session was restarted, we were then treated to just a few mins more action before the Y 2017 winner, Mr. Bottas lost the rear of his MercedesAMG racer at Turn 6, spearing off through the gravel and into the barriers and damaging the front of his car, both he and Mr. Verstappen walked away from their respective incidents.
The drama was not yet over with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel then losing the rear end of his racer just after the 2nd restart and slewing off at Turn 10 near to where Mr. Verstappen had gone off. Fortunately the only damage he suffered was a set of severely flat-spotted tires.
FORMULA 1 MYWORLD GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 2019
FP 2 results
|1 Charles LECLERC Ferrari||1:05.086|
|2 Valtteri BOTTAS MercedesAMG||+0.331s|
|3 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Racing||+0.401s|
|4 Lewis HAMILTON MercedesAMG||+0.443s|
|5 Carlos SAINZ McLaren||+0.459s|
FP2 HIGHLIGHTS: 2019 Austrian Grand Prix
The net effect of the above shunt-fest was an inconclusive FP2 session, with the series of crashes taking place around the time when the drivers tend to go for their qualifying simulation runs.
Leclerc’s leading time was therefore slower than Lewis Hamilton managed in FP1, while Bottas still managed to end up P2, 0.331s adrift and ahead of the Red Bull of Pierre Gasly, who earlier in the session had drifted off track at Turn 4 and been forced to take the escape road to get back on track – and Lewis Hamilton in P4.
Fifth and impressive once again was the McLaren of Carlos Sainz – although the Spaniard, who’ll start Sunday’s race at the back of the grid after taking new power unit elements, did have a wayward off-track moment at Turn 6 at the end of the session – while Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen in P6 and P7, and ahead of the Ferrari of Vettel in P8 hinted at some decent pace in their Haas and Alfa Romeo cars. Verstappen and the second McLaren of Lando Norris rounded out the Top 10.
The picture of how the field will shape up in qualifying tomorrow is unclear.
The mechanics at Red Bull Racing and MercedesAMG have got a long night ahead of them to get their race cars back into shape.
The conditions looks set to be a very exciting Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix is set to get underway Sunday at 14:10p BST and 9:10a EDT.
For US viewers, all of this weekend’s sessions are live on ESPN:
Saturday — Qualifying
FP3 – Saturday, June 29, 5:55 a.m. – ESPN2
Qualifying – Saturday, June 29, 8:55 a.m. – ESPN2
Sunday — Race
Pit Lane Live – Sunday, June 30, 7:30 a.m. – ESPN3
On The Grid – Sunday, June 30, 8:30 a.m. – ESPN
Race – Sunday, June 30, 9:05 a.m. – ESPN
UK viewers can watch every session live on Sky Sports F1. Check local listings for all other territories.
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HeffX-LTN overall technical outlook for RACE is Very Bullish, overhead resistance now stands at 165.25, and support at 160.01, all Key indicators are still Very Bullish in here. Ferrari finished at 161.42, +0.56 Friday in NY.
Tune in for the Austria GP this weekend.