Often draft in recent years, Sebastian Vettel has nothing to apologize for. Not this time, at least.
The blame goes to his team mate Charles Leclerc, who has caused the loss of the two Ferraris right from the first moments of the Grand Prix of Styria, played yesterday in Austria.
A mere three turns after the starting signal, the Monegasque attempts a maneuver too optimistic to surprise a few opponents. Wanting to dive to the inside, Leclerc harponne the car of Vettel, in which the rear spoiler is bruised forced him to abandon.
“This was not the time “
Two laps later, it was the turn of Jones to abdicate after you have damaged the flat bottom of his car during the impact.
“It is clearly my fault,” said Leclerc on the radio network, Sky Sports. “I did the con. I can’t think of any other word. In addition, this was not the time to do it. I saw an opportunity to win three or four positions, but everything is closed in front of me, he said. I apologised to Sebastian. “
No space left
Vettel, himself, did not conceal that he had been surprised by the behavior of his partner in the Reds.
“It’s maybe happened a little too fast,” said the quadruple world champion by reviewing the images. “I did not understand what Charles is trying something to this place. There was more space. “
Vettel was totally right. The squad was especially lively in front of him. A move of the steering wheel to the left would have been as bad for him.
Leclerc will be understood that in the first round, you don’t win a race, but you can certainly lose it…
Stroll : “I have been patient… “
Ranked seventh at the finish, just behind his team-mate Sergio Pérez, Lance Stroll was satisfied with his performance.
“I’ve lost a lot of time trying to overtake Daniel Ricciardo, told the quebec driver. He was faster than me at the entrance and at the exit of the first turn of the circuit, which to me has complicated the task. “
In the penultimate round (70th), Stroll is passed to the attack, and it was successful.
“I have been patient, he recognized it, but I had to try something before the end. Our car is competitive, and this is promising for the next races. ”
What you must remember
MASTERFUL DEMONSTRATION IN THE RAIN
It is often said that it is in the rain that the best riders can express their talent and above all, be very, very bad look for the rest of the pack in F1. A masterful demonstration of Lewis Hamilton during the qualifying session on Saturday at the circuit of Spielberg, in Austria, has clearly demonstrated that he was in a class of its own. With the best car of the plateau, one agrees, it is obviously an advantage. But the British flew over the competition when it was pushed out to 1.2 seconds its most serious rival, Max Verstappen, and 1.4 seconds of his team-mate at Mercedes Valtteri Bottas.
After having conducted end-to-end the Grand Prize of Styria, the second stage of a season shortened, signing in passing his 85th victory in F1, Lewis Hamilton is getting closer and closer to the record of 91 held by Michael Schumacher. Another brand of German is also threatened, for the largest number of presences on the podium. The Uk now has 152 155 against for Schumacher.
A CHAMPION IN THE MAKING ?
22-year-old, the british driver George Russell is on the cusp of a bright future in F1.
Home F1 has not been easy for George Russell, resigned to drive the worst car in F1. But the young hope of british, aged 22 years, was very bright when he qualified his Williams on the 11th in the rain in qualifying on Saturday. Russell, a product of the industry Mercedes, is destined to become a bucket within the German team in a year or two. He was crowned champion of the series GP3 (2017) and in Formula 2, the antechamber of F1, the following year.
2e step of the F1 world Championship
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) : 1h, 22min, 50,683 s
2. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) : to 13,719 s
3. Max Verstappen (PB/Red Bull-Honda) : at 33,698 s
4. Alexander Albon (THA/Red Bull-Honda) : to 44,400 s
5. Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren Renault) : 1:01,470 s
6. Sergio Pérez (MEX/Racing Point-Mercedes) : 1:02,387 s
7. Lance Stroll (CAN/Racing Point-Mercedes) : 1:02,453 s
8. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS-/Renault) : 1:02,591 s
9. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/McLaren-Renault) : 1 round
10. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Alpha Tauri-Honda) : 1 round
11. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN/Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) : 1 round
12. Kevin Magnussen (DAN/Haas – Ferrari) : 1 round
13. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas-Ferrari) : 1 round
14. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) : 1 round
15. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Alpha Tauri-Honda) : 1 round
16. George Russell (GBR/Williams-Mercedes) : in 2 rounds
17. Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) : in 2 rounds
18. Esteban Ake (FRA/Renault) : mechanical problem 26e turn
19. Sebastian Vettel (GER-/Ferrari) : accident at 2e tower
20. Charles Leclerc (MY/Ferrari) : abandonment of the 5e tower
Drivers ‘ standings
1. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) : 43 pts
2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) : 37
3. Lando Norris (GBR) : 26
4. Charles Leclerc (MY) : 18
5. Sergio Pérez (MEX) : 16
6. Max Verstappen (PB) : 15
7. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) : 13
8. Alexander Albon (THA) : 12
9. Pierre Gasly (FRA) : 6
10. Lance Stroll (CAN) : 6
11. Esteban Ake (FRA) : 4
12. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) : 4
13. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) : 2
14. Daniil Kvyat (RUS) : 1
15. Sebastian Vettel (GER) : 1
16. Romain Grosjean (FRA) : 0
17. Kevin Magnussen (DAN) : 0
18. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN) : 0
19. Nicholas Latifi (CAN) : 0
20. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) : 0
Manufacturers ‘ classification
1. Mercedes : 80 pts
2. McLaren-Renault : 39
3. Red Bull-Honda : 27
4. Racing Point-Mercedes : 22
5. Ferrari : 19
6. Renault : 8
7. Alpha Tauri-Honda : 7
8. Alfa Romeo-Ferrari : 2
9. Haas-Ferrari : 0
10. Williams-Mercedes : 0