2022 Austrian Grand Prix – Free 1: Max Verstappen (Red Bull) fastest ahead of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

Chassis capable of running just as low to the ground, power at altitude (Spielberg is 670 meters above sea level) thanks to the architecture of the Red Bull rebaded Honda V6, and the same flexibility of the ground beyond the permitted limits according to Toto Wolff. , the director of Mercedes F1: Max Verstappen looks like this year will have everything for him again at the Austrian Grand Prix, and the result of free practice 1, the only preparation for the qualifying session (17:00), show .

Result of free workouts 1
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During the training hour organized in the mountains of Styria, on Friday afternoon in front of stands with the colors of the “Oranje army”, the reigning world champion achieved the best of his 33 laps in 1 ‘ 06 “302, with a substantial margin. Of 0.255 over his nearest pursuer, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari).

The Italian F1 75 also highlighted by the head of Mercedes for its not rigid enough ground, the best of the Silver Arrows, driven by George Russell, third, yielded 0.400, which leaves him with little hope of aiming today for the first row. As for Sergio Pérez, second-placed Red Bull driver fourth, the delay of 0.537 was due to the discomfort that the Mexican is beginning to denounce. It’s no surprise: the Red Bull RB18 is developed for Verstappen and “Checo” admits to doing less and less well with the modifications made.

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McLaren in trouble

The obligation to bring the flats in order postponed by the International Automobile Federation to the Belgian Grand Prix on 26, 27 and 28 August, the Grays will therefore have to wait to see a possible leveling of values ​​in their advantage, and especially Lewis. Hamilton, who has rarely done better than George Russell this season in that regard. Mercedes had been able to lower the height of its W13 at Silverstone, with the results we know, and warned that Spielberg risked taking a difficult step back, in this circuit where the slopes of curves 3 and 10 and the high curbs fan. necessary to increase the free height to the ground. This may be the explanation to look for in Lewis Hamilton’s fifth place at the end of this session, at 0 “607.

Beyond this top 5, nothing is surprising except the seventh place of Carlos Sainz, winner of the last British Grand Prix and too far from the mark (at 0.737) not to believe in the simple result, a program of tests less focused on the lap than yours. Ferrari’s teammate Charles Leclerc. Because for the rest, the outsiders are there, with two Haas (Kevin Magnussen 6th and Mick Schumacher 9th), an Alpine (Fernando Alonso 8th) and an AlphaTauri (Yuki Tsunoda 10th).

Aside from Fernando Alonso’s Alpine, the French seem to have a bad start to making a place in Q3 right now. Indeed, Esteban Ocon (Alpine), 12th, dropped 1 “160, and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) did not take off from 16th position, at 1” 290. Again, all due to the problems of Lando Norris, who caused the first of the two red flags shown during this session by a breakdown of his McLaren in the 20th minute.

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Verstappen responds, “It’s good that Hamilton has learned to grab the rope at 37.”


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