Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Report


Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Report

Race day is almost here and today we had the Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying session which saw Bottas take pole.

His team-mate on the other hand, even though qualified in 3rd, will drop down to 8th place following a grid penalty for an unauthorised change on the gearbox.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will start the race in 2nd place – let’s take a look and see what teams and drivers had to say after the Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Session.

Mercedes – Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Report

Valtteri Bottas 


Vatteri Bottas – “What a special feeling. It’s only the second pole for me and hopefully there is more to come.”

“It was a good lap in Q3 – if not quite perfect. Today, it was all about building up the confidence in the car.”

“I got it set up nicely and it’s great to get the second pole position of my career – I’m going to focus on my own race, rather than looking behind me tomorrow, but we will not underestimate the Ferrari’s.”

“It’s going to be close and it should be an interesting fight – hopefully Lewis will be able to fight back and we can score strong points for the team.”

“The weather could be important tomorrow but starting first – I won’t complain if the rain stays away. The car feels great – especially on high fuel and I’m ready to win.”

“That’s the only target – it’s been too long since Russia!”

Lewis Hamilton 

Lewis Hamilton – “It’s been a frustrating day for me. I had a chance to be the fastest today and I didn’t quite put it all together on that final lap in Q3.”

“I’m disappointed with my performance in Q3, it would have been great to do a better lap but obviously, that wasn’t meant to be.”

“Valtteri did a fantastic job though to take a pole and the gearbox issue hasn’t played on my mind during the weekend but after qualifying, you realise you’re starting further back.”

“I think it will be tough to make progress tomorrow – the pack is definitely a lot closer than in 2014 when I fought up to P2.”

“Perhaps the weather will come into play, I’ll work as hard as I can to recover and try to get as many points as possible.”

“We still have great pace and the car has been fantastic here so I know I’ve got the car to do the job, let’s see how it all plays out tomorrow.”

Ferrari – Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Report

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel – “In the second run, I was hoping to jump Bottas and I think I could have done better but in the end, I am pretty happy with my lap.”

“The car is very good and Mercedes is always very quick in qualifying but today we were close.”

“It will be a long race and many things can happen. The most important thing is that the car was good in qualifying – we will try and do our race and look forward.”

“For sure, it will be tough but let’s see what we can do.”

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen – “The whole weekend had been quite tricky so far and yesterday, for certain reasons, we did not have a very good day.”

“This morning, we basically started from zero. The feeling with the car was getting better and better but it was not easy to recover from yesterday.”

“The qualifying session was a bit messy with the traffic and the yellow flags. I’m not happy over ally but considering how tricky it has been, third place is not bad. (Hamilton penalty) It could have been much worse.”

“Later this evening and tomorrow morning we will go through all the different scenarios and we will try to pick the best one depending on what happens in the first lap – how the weather will be and other factors also.”



Red Bull Racing – Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Report 

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo – “It’s a bit tricky out there. This year the track has a lot of grip on it and that kind of makes it harder. You feel you can push more, but it’s easy to go over the limit because we carry so much corner speed.”

“We obviously love going fast and want more and more, so we end up getting greedy and then mistakes happen but that makes it exciting!”

“Of course, it would have been nice to finish that last lap but in the end, I’m happy with the top five and we’re going to move up to fourth because of Lewis’ penalty. All in all, it was a pretty good session and I’m relatively happy.”

“I believe there is a bit of rain coming tomorrow at noon, that should be interesting and not that straight forward. Lewis will try to come up the ranks too so that will be exciting.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen – “You can never predict qualifying but it was reasonable today. I hoped for a little better balance in the car but overall, it wasn’t bad.”

“I tried a lot of different lines at Turn 3 and all the time, I was losing the rear of the car. On my final run, I was gaining time but I didn’t get DRS down the straight as Grosjean was stopped on the track.”

“You lose easily two and a half tenths on the straight if you don’t have DRS – I tried to get a little more out of the next corners but I picked the throttle maybe a bit too early at Turn 7 and lost the rear.”

“Tomorrow, I don’t think we are quite there in terms of speed to fight with Mercedes and Ferrari, but as we have seen – a lot can happen in the race so anything is possible.”

“There is a lot of orange everywhere in the grandstands which is really nice to see, so I will try and put in a good show for everyone.”

Christian Horner, Team Principal – “It was a slightly anti-climatic end to an exciting qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring. In the end, unfortunately, the yellow flags initially for Grosjean and thus DRS switching off, prevented everybody from the opportunity to improve on their times.”

“Particularly Max, in trying to make that time up where he obviously got a bit too deep at Turn 7.”

“Daniel did a good job with the first run to qualify in fifth and fifth and sixth which will become fourth and fifth on the grid – due to Lewis’ penalty.”

“It will be an exciting race with potentially a bit of weather around tomorrow – looking at the grid, we hope to have a part to play in the result in front of our home crowd here in Austria.”

McLaren – Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Report

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso – “It’s a positive SUnday. I feel we did the maximum today. I’m happy with our laps, our result and our performance in general this weekend.”

“We had an unexpected change of engine and I reverted back to the old spec today, so finishing in P12 and feeling competitive all through Quali was positive news.”

“The team is working very hard to improve our situation, we bring aero updates to every race and we bring new engine specs whenever we can and we’re definitely moving forwards.”

“We still need to improve our reliability, but hopefully we can see further signs in the next couple of weeks.”

“From 12th place, with a good start or a good strategy we could be in a position to score points.”

“There’s some possible rain forecast for tomorrow – if that turns out to be current, it will probably open up more opportunities for us. We need to be ready to take them…”

Stoffel Vandoorne

Stoffel Vandoorne – “I think it’s been a pretty good weekend for us so far.”

“The practice sessions have gone well and qualifying was more or less what we expected. This afternoon’s lap times were extremely close – it all came down to a couple of small details and with another couple of tenths, we would have been through to Q3.”

“So, today really shows that every improvement we bring to the car is very valuable – it all helps.”

“We’re definitely headed in the right direction – every new piece of performance we bring is welcome, but we need to keep pushing.”

Sauber – Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Report 

Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson – “Although today has been a slightly better day for us, we cannot be satisfied with P19 and P20.”

“Regarding my fastest lap in Q1, in comparison to yesterday, I was able to reduce the gap between myself and our direct competition.”

“We have made some progress however, we have to continue improving. The race is tomorrow and it’s going to be particularly demanding for the brakes.”

Pascal Wehrlein

Pascal Wehrlein – “Unfortunately, there was not much more that could during qualifying.”

“After yesterday’s practice, today I continued to have power unit issues and that made me lose pace – especially on the straights.”

“As usual, I will do my best during the race tomorrow. The weather could also play a defining role at this GP.”

Lots more coming soon!

The Formula 1 Girl 🙂


Images – Kym Illman 

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