Austrian Grand Prix – Verstappen at the pole, ceded to Ferrari, different Mercedes: the GP in question

What time does the race start?

At 3 p.m. For 71 rounds.

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Is pole position an advantage for Spielberg?

It’s the guarantee of finishing between the top two, excluding retirement, of course. Since 2000, this has always been the case, except for the Felipe Massa (Williams) polemic in 2014.

Does Max Verstappen (Red Bull) get his starts from pole?

In Spielberg, yes. He started at the head of the two Grand Prix organized in Spielberg in 2021 (Styria and Austria) and reigned unquestionably during the 71 laps. Like Saturday during the 23 laps of the sprint race.

In the previous 15 races he attacked in front of the whole field, winning 11 of the 13 he finished. He finished second in Budapest in 2019 and in Sakhir in 2021. For two retirements, at Silverstone and Monza in 2021.

Why is the RB18 even better in racing?

“Our car isn’t great on a lap yet, but it’s also because it’s still too heavy (Editor’s note: minimum weight requirement of 598 kg), Max Verstappen revealed in De Telegraaf. This means that we cannot advance to the limit in the classification. During the race it doesn’t affect as much, because the weight is less noticeable with full fuel. “

Does Ferrari plan to impose a deposit?

Yes, because the Silverstone fiasco happened there and Laurent Mékies hints at it. “Tire management, mainly at the beginning and end of stays, will be key and we must be prepared to make the most of every opportunity that presents itself.has assured the director of the Contest. On Sunday, it will be two against two because Sergio Pérez went up from the square on Saturday. Therefore, the contribution of each of our drivers will be essential if we want to achieve the result we pursue. “

Clearly, the pit wall will require discipline on the part of its drivers. And that pattern will be clearly exposed on Sunday morning at Ferrari.

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Why is Hamilton’s W13 better set up than Russell’s?

The German team took away three specific rear spoilers for the Spielberg circuit this weekend, and the drivers broke two during Q3 on Friday. Mercedes equipped the # 44 W13 with the aftermarket wing and installed a different specification, a rear wing of higher aerodynamic strength than the # 63 on Saturday.

Normally, a car cannot change wing specifications in closed park conditions after qualifying, but there is an exception to the rules for sprint race weekends.

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Has Alpine solved Fernando Alonso’s problem?

“It is very frustrating not to have been able to start the Sprint Racesaid the Spaniard. We couldn’t start the car on the grill, so we entered the pit lane and then tested an external battery but it still didn’t work, we had to give up. The problem seems to be electrical in nature. “

Alpine was unable to certify on Saturday evening that the world champion could be a starter.

Why will Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) come out last?

Due to a peculiarity of the rules, they have not changed since the introduction of speed racing. Ferrari rode a fourth new power unit on Friday in the Finn’s Alfa Romeo, and the latter was able to compete for points on Saturday despite a V6 out of the regulatory quota. On Sunday he will only serve his sentence (an exit to the bottom of the grid).

What are the trickiest points on the circuit for cars?

Curves 1, 6 and 7: the curbs are aggressive for suspension at the exit.

What strategy for the race?

A pit stop is the norm in Spielberg and Pirelli plans a “medium” – “hard” streak for the 71 laps.

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