austria: the unpredictable Alps

austria: the unpredictable Alps

Postby meteorite » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:45 pm

FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 2017 - QUALIFYING

07 09 Jul 2017 Red Bull Ring, Spielberg

Starting grid

Pos No Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:05.760 1:04.316 1:04.251 18
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:05.585 1:04.772 1:04.293 17
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:05.064 1:04.800 1:04.424 17
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:05.148 1:05.004 1:04.779 17
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:05.854 1:05.161 1:04.896 22
6 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:05.779 1:04.948 1:04.983 16
7 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:05.902 1:05.319 1:05.480 30
8 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:05.975 1:05.435 1:05.605 21
9 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:06.033 1:05.550 1:05.674 22
10 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:05.675 1:05.544 1:05.726 23
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:06.174 1:05.597 16
12 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:06.158 1:05.602 14
13 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:06.316 1:05.741 14
14 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:05.990 1:05.884 16
15 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:06.143 6
16 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:06.345 10
17 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:06.534 8
18 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:06.608 11
19 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:06.857 12
20 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:07.011 11

Q1 107% Time - 1:09.618

Apologies for the technical problems that require me to abbreviate this today. The basic story is that Hamilton went into qualifying knowing that he had a five-place grid penalty for the premature change of a gearbox. He duly made the strategic choice of race tire in Q2, then ran a "sarificial" tire (standard procedure) for warmup and testing before using a new tire set for one ultimate kamikaze best time lap. Except one Haas died out on the track, requiring a yellow, then Verstappen had a lurid slide into one runoff sandpit then acrossx the track into the other, and session time ran out before Hamilton could make his bid for pole, dropping him to eighth. The good part or him is that his teammate Bottas took pole for the second time this year, denying the competition the juciest points, and Spielberg is a simple track with complex weather, meaning passing is not horribly dificult and skilled wet-weatehr drivers like Hanilt may be gited with an advantage. So the results ,as achieved, may not be as indicative of likely race performance as usual. Unless the rain holds off.
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Re: austria: the unpredictable Alps

Postby meteorite » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:03 pm

FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 2017 - RACE RESULT

07 09 Jul 2017 Red Bull Ring, Spielberg

Race result

Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired Pts
1 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 71 1:21:48.523 25
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 71 +0.658s 18
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 71 +6.012s 15
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 71 +7.430s 12
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 71 +20.370s 10
6 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 71 +73.160s 8
7 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 70 +1 lap 6
8 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 70 +1 lap 4
9 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 70 +1 lap 2
10 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 70 +1 lap 1
11 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 70 +1 lap 0
12 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 70 +1 lap 0
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 70 +1 lap 0
14 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 70 +1 lap 0
15 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 69 +2 laps 0
16 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 68 +3 laps 0
NC 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 44 DNF 0
NC 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 29 DNF 0
NC 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1 DNF 0
NC 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 0 DNF 0

So - the lights went out and Bottas shot out and away into the lead, leaving Vettel to fend off Ricciardo's Red Bull as best he could. Raikkonen followed but Verstappen's Red Bull went into anti-stall and he had to reset it, Hamilton zipping by as Alonso came up and as Verstappen started going. Daniil Kvyat had wrestled with brake balance through all the formation lap buy dived nto the first-corner crowd to find everything locked up and himself a passenger, careening into Alonso knocking him into Verstappen, both retiring. Kvyat managed to get round to his pit for repairs and become technically the last finisher.

The usual tire games commenced, those who had started on the softest compound switching to one they hoped would last the balance of the race, while those who had chosen the harder to start could elect to fit a softer, faster for a speed advantage. As with much in racing, it worked for some (e.g. Ricciardo) and against others (e.g. Hamilton).

Having nothing better to do Vettel motored around complaining on his radio to his pit that he had been cheated when Bottas jumped the start, continuing to whine even when reminded that the track has built-in sensors for each grid position that tattle to race control when a car moves prematurely or even lines up improperly (as Vettel did, and got away with, a few races back.) He continued to bitch when reminded of this. Finally the Stewards got the race tapes, analyzed the appropriate one frame by frame, found Bottas had made the fastest legal start in recorded racing history, and announced that, leaving Vettel to mutter to himself.

The mandatory second set of tires worked less well for Bottas. letting Vettel close up. But he held the lead - just -to a half-second victory, Vettel still sulking about the mythical jumped start. Ricciardo's second set worked very well, allowing him to hold off a late charge by Hamilton, who grew the gap behind as Raikkonen's tire faded very badly. Others finished as shown.

And nobody expressed any regrets that the looming rain held off till the race was well over and all who cared packed off home.
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