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The 2017 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:00 pm

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 9th round of the 2017 season taking place in Spielberg, Austria between the 7th and 9th of July.

To submit your 10 'n' Pole Picks for Austria click here, to register in the competition click here

Picks for Austria close at the start of Saturday practice.

The event timetable for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Friday
Practice 1 10:00 local time - 08:00 GMT
Practice 2 14:00 local time - 12:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 3 11:00 local time - 09:00 GMT
Qualifying 14:00 local time - 12:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 14:00 local time - 12:00 GMT

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Re: The 2017 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:17 pm

This weekend we return to the 'Red Bull Ring' in Spielberg, Austria.
This circuit is another which lends itself to the more powerful engines of Mercedes and Ferrari.

This leads me to my predictions for the weekend.
1st Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes. Lewis showed in Azerbaijan that he still has the drive to win yet another WDC.
2nd Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes. Bottas is on a roll at the moment. the fine second after being a lap down show how he has adapted to his car.
3rd Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari. May have gotten over his race rage incident with Hamilton.
4th Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull. He is really on top of his game and needs to show young Max who's boss.
5th Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari. Kimi just fails to impress me. Unless the car is perfect, mediocrity seems to prevail.
6th. Max Verstappen - Red Bull. This kid is really quick. Machinery seems to let him down.
7th Filipe Massa - Williams. Time to bounce back.
8th Sergio Perez - Force India. This team and driver combination is the major improver for 2017.
9th Carlos Sainz - Toro Rosso. He just needs something under him to show his true talent.
10th Esteban Ocon - Force India. Just seems to gather points but this time will be in the small variety.

I have left out Lance Stroll, Nico Hulkenberg and the Hass drivers as I don't feel this circuit will suit them.
I would also like to add the McLarens but they will be too far down on power.

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Re: The 2017 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:04 pm

FP1 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	01:05.975	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	01:06.165	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
3	01:06.345	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
4	01:06.424	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
5	01:06.620	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
6	01:06.848	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
7	01:07.283	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
8	01:07.437	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
9	01:07.510	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
10	01:07.511	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
11	01:07.550	Felipe Massa	  Williams
12	01:07.594	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
13	01:07.633	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
14	01:07.649	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault
15	01:08.041	Lance Stroll	  Williams
16	01:08.074	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
17	01:08.586	Sergey Sirotkin	  Renault
18	01:09.280	Alfonso Celis	  Force India
19	01:09.323	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
20	01:10.853	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
FP1 is in the history books and the track is slippery. More laps and more rubber down should fix this.
Max Verstappen has the only notable incident running over the trap and clipping the wall at turn 8.

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Re: The 2017 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:53 am

FP2 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	01:05.483	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	01:05.630	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
3	01:05.699	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
4	01:05.832	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
5	01:05.873	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
6	01:06.144	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
7	01:06.591	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
8	01:06.732	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
9	01:06.735	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
10	01:06.763	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
11	01:06.849	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
12	01:06.859	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
13	01:06.906	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
14	01:07.065	Felipe Massa	  Williams
15	01:07.100	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
16	01:07.468	Lance Stroll	  Williams
17	01:07.509	Sergio Perez	  Force India
18	01:07.623	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault
19	01:08.782	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
20	01:08.870	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
The track is slowly rubbering in but there were still quite a few minor incidents in the session.
Most involved small spins and track offs. Most notable offs were by Bottas, Ericsson and Sainz.

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Re: The 2017 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:32 am

FP3 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	01:05.092	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
2	01:05.361	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
3	01:05.515	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
4	01:05.611	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
5	01:05.784	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	01:05.896	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
7	01:05.936	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
8	01:06.015	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
9	01:06.279	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
10	01:06.284	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
11	01:06.374	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
12	01:06.563	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
13	01:06.578	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
14	01:06.595	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault
15	01:06.599	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
16	01:06.776	Lance Stroll	  Williams
17	01:06.865	Felipe Massa	  Williams
18	01:06.875	Sergio Perez	  Force India
19	01:07.378	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
20	01:07.468	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber


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Re: The 2017 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:47 am

Qualifying

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	01:04.251	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
2	01:04.293	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
3	01:04.424	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
4	01:04.779	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
5	01:04.896	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
6	01:04.983	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
7	01:05.480	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
8	01:05.605	Sergio Perez	  Force India
9	01:05.674	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
10	01:05.726	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
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11	01:05.597	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
12	01:05.602	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
13	01:05.741	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
14	01:05.884	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
15	No Time		Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
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16	01:06.345	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault
17	01:06.534	Felipe Massa	  Williams
18	01:06.608	Lance Stroll	  Williams
19	01:06.857	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
20	01:07.011	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
Hamilton takes a 5 grid position penalty into this race for a gearbox change and will start from P8. Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Grosjean and Perez all move up 1 grid position as a result of his penalty.

Biggest disappointment would have to go to he Williams duo. Their cars have been so tail happy all weekend and both fail to get out of Q1.

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Re: The 2017 Austrian GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:45 pm

Results

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Pos	Driver		  Team
1	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
2	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
3	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
4	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
5	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
6	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
7	Sergio Perez	  Force India
8	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
9	Felipe Massa	  Williams
10	Lance Stroll	  Williams
11	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault
12	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
13	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
14	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
15	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
16	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
NC	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
NC	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
NC	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
NC	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
Well. What an exciting finish to the race with Vettel almost hunting down Bottas and Hamilton almost getting home over Ricciardo.
Watching the race, after the demolition derby in turn 1 with Kvyat barrelling into both Alonso and Verstappen, then Ricciardo and his pass on Raikkonen into turn 2, it then settled down into a tactical battle with not too many on track passes. Maybe this was a sign of things to come with all teams experiencing blistering on their Pirelli's. The Williams duo benefited from the turn 1 incident with both finding a route through to their approximate finishing positions. You have to feel a bit sorry for Palmer. This 11th place finish seems to have his name written on it if he can get the car home. And, I don't recall hearing Grosjean moan about his brakes on his Hass.

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Re: The 2017 Austrian GP Thread

Post by Thaddeus » Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:38 pm

Very exciting finish (shame about the preceding 65 laps...).

I gave Driver of the Day to Ricciardo. Excellent defensive work against Hamilton. Bottas did a great job too on dying tyres, so could've gone either way, but I think the basic performance difference between the top two teams is smaller by far than that between Red Bull and Mercedes.

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