Grand Prix of Austria F1 2017: Results of the free practice sessions

Starts the GP Austria F1 2017 at the Red Bull Ring, a circuit that today seemed to be tricky in some curves as we have seen in the first free practice session and that have continued in the second, with some outputs of the track and spinning tops, among the most prominent of both Ferrari and the car of Verstappen, who has come to exit by the escape of gravel and hitting the barriers with the tire, though without any major problems for him, that has been able to return to the box to check the car. By the way, Verstappen who is discontented with the numerous breakdowns he suffered in his car when he was in good positions and it seems that he has intention to leave the team (although the contract is what would prevent).

Here we must not forget that both MCL32, both of Fernando Alonso as Stoffel Vandoorne leads the Spec 3 engine Honda, that is to say, the specification three of this year to try to improve the reliability and remove some HP extra, although it is not a big improvement as well have said from the computer. However the japanese were thrilled to see the progress. We’ll see what they do both McLaren-Honda morning in classification and especially the domino in the race, where you add up the points and where they will have greatest reliability test to see if you resist.

And without leaving Honda aside, to say that there are already some voices who say that McLaren he would regret leaving Honda to go with Mercedes. In addition, the German firm deny that there is any talks with the Woking-unless they break down before with the signature japanese. In addition, they also deny that they want Alonso along with Hamilton… So I hope that the japanese manufacturer will improve and you can stay with McLaren, making an engine more than decent in 2018 to compensate for the patience of Fernando. What is true is that the first session of free has been the best for McLaren-Honda this year. You must keep calm.

Nico Hülkenberg has made quite a few statements that’s interesting about the Honda engine, saying that you don’t know how you can finish a race. Well, the fact is he has done a few. The German pilot of Renault says that the Honda engine is the one that sounds when it reduces, in the slow corners, with the sound of rateo so characteristic and unpleasant. But it also gives another curious fact, is that when you accelerate it just sounds, is heard less than other motors. It is interesting that contrast. In the end, returning to the practice session, to say that Mercedes looks very strong, but Ferrari will not be far away, will have to wait until tomorrow to see where everyone is, but it seems that Mercedes will have an extra classification, which is then diluted in the race.

Results of the free 1

Position Pilot Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’05″975
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’06″165
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’06″345
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’06″424
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1’06″620
6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1’06″848
7 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1’07″283
8 Daniil Kyvat Toro Rosso 1’07″437
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1’07″510
10 Esteban Ocon Force India 1’07″511
11 Felipe Massa Williams 1’07″550
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1’07″594
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1’07″633
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1’07″649
15 Lance Stroll Williams 1’08″041
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1’08″074
17 Sergey Sirotkin Renault 1’08″586
18 Alfonso Celis Force India 1’09″280
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1’09″323
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1’10″853

Results of the free 2

Position Pilot Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’05″483
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’05″630
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’05″699
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’05″832
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1’05″873
6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1’06″14
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1’06″591
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1’06″732
9 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1’06″735
10 Romain Grosjean Haas 1’06″763
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1’06″849
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1’06″859
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1’06″906
14 Felipe Massa Williams 1’07″065
15 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1’07″100
16 Lance Stroll Williams 1’07″468
17 Sergio Perez Force India 1’07″509
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1’07″623
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1’08″782
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1’08″870

it Will be interesting to see tomorrow how are in classification and above all be outstanding of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton if they go near. Let’s remember the tension and the stroke of Vettel against Hamilton at the end of the period of SafetyCar at the GP of Baku which ended with the sanction of Vettel with 10 seconds, and the meeting of the FIA in Paris to investigate the case and see if it applied to a heavier punishment to the German pilot who has finally settled with an apology from Sebastian, and no action on the part of the federation. As it has been well said Liberty Media, a bit of drama on the track does not harm anyone, on the contrary, I think that the fans are happy with it and I hope that on Sunday there are more… Obviously fans of the pilot most harmed will be the only ones discontent.

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