Austrian Grand Prix – Bonus-malus: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) puts Max Verstappen (Red Bull) K.-O. in the ring

Rating: 3/5

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) did better than in Sakhir and Jeddah, where they had changed first place with a bit of DRS over the phone. His struggle was beautiful, intense, clean, and the Monegasque made three clear maneuvers to neutralize the Dutch. And we do not count the maneuvers of the rest of the platoon in these famous turns n ° 3 and 4.

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Austrian Grand Prix

“Ferrari has stopped being damaged but they have a big black cloud over their heads”


The winner: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

1 everywhere! Max Verstappen had won at Imola, and the Monegasque returned his own coin to Spielberg. Failed for five races for reliability issues and twisted strategies, “Charlot” had the enormous merit of staying mobilized, without wasting useless energies saving himself in his frustrations. Impeccable in the standings, but defeated by just Friday, hampered by his teammate on Saturday, he quickly relegated the second F1 75 to a good distance on Sunday and irresistibly attacked his real rival, three times. Because he maximized the potential of the “medium” in a first stage and then maintained that advantage with the “hard”.

A real master class in terms of driving and technical superiority that put him back in a dynamic. Although he only took five points throughout the weekend of world number 1 Max Verstappen, and still has 38 points to fill the world championship.

The loser: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

It is rare to see such a contrast from Saturday to Sunday. The 23 rather comfortable laps of the sprint did not resemble those of Sunday. As usual in these cases, he did not take half measures: “I couldn’t attack on braking, I couldn’t put on the accelerator, I didn’t have traction, and after two laps at each stage I lost a lot of speed.

His RB18 was not specially prepared to run the “hard”, and he paid the price for his impotence every time Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) blew his horn on his back.

With five points down, he’s doing really well. “In tough times, you have to add points and we’ve done it.” Like Silverstone.

They follow: Mercedes

An almost unexpected recovery in 48 hours, from the W13 dented and scattered like a puzzle in the gray garage on Friday evening to the points record of the weekend (38) on Sunday.

The big losers: Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

Great disappointment for “Checo”, who paid in cash for his clash with George Russell (Mercedes) in the first round. His Red Bull in disrepair, the team preferred to stop him to save his engine for the future. Number 2 in the world during three encounters, was surpassed by Charles Leclerc (Ferrari).

As for the Spaniard, he was seen by Silverstone in the shoes of a future No. 1 Ferrari, but his delay over Charles Leclerc jumped from 12 to 37 points due to his retirement. Who will force him to drive, except miracle or recycling old items, with a new power unit in the French Grand Prix and will charge a burst of penalty on the net.

The Surreal Moment: Fernando Alonso (Alpine) Educates Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)

The overheated driver: Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)

Rebelote by the Rouennais. After the steering wheel on Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) at the start of the sprint race, the Frenchman miscalculated his blow by Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin on lap 4. Convicted, he was punished with five seconds, and received another penalty at the same time for off-track passes at number 10.

“It ‘s a weekend to forgethe admitted. I haven’t seen the footage yet but I’ve received a penalty, so I think I’m responsible for the accident with Sebastian (Vettel). I tried to resist but it is still hard in this bend and turned. We now need a big fat recovery. We have ten days to understand why we are slow and know what we need to do to improve. “

The bonus: Esteban Ocon and Alpine

A good top 5 and the status of “best of others” for the Norman, a top 10 for Fernando Alonso. “We really maximized the speed of the car when needed.analyzed French. It’s a great way to celebrate my Grand Prix 100 in F1! I had big battles on the track, but in the end George Russell (Mercedes) was too fast. I am now 8th in the drivers ‘world standings and (Alpine) tied with McLaren in the constructors’ standings. We are going in the right direction and we are moving at a good pace ahead of the French Grand Prix. “

The penalty: the behavior of some followers

This Austrian stage, unfortunately, will also be one of lamentable applause and joy from a candid audience when Lewis Hamilton and George Russell’s Mercedes hit hard in Q3 on Friday. The fact that Max Verstappen was booed last week at Silverstone is by no means an excuse or an explanation for unlimited stupidity, or a lack of intelligence or even education. As if that weren’t enough, some have spread invective and defamatory comments on social media to other fans, or drivers.

Formula 1 said Sunday morning that it had been informed of such actions since the first tests on Friday. “We talked to the (local) developer and the security serviceswrote the promoter of the World Cup in a statement. We will talk to those who have reported these incidents and we take it very seriously. This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. All fans should be treated with respect. “ The FIA ​​and Formula 1 must find a way to end this behavior.

Statistics: 11

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) is now the only driver to have seen the end of 11 races this season.

The statement: Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

This is apparently the story of my season: as soon as I have a little rhythm, something goes wrong. We had to do the double with ease.

Austrian Grand Prix

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Austrian Grand Prix

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