(ESP-ENG) Austria, la casa de Red Bull en donde mandó Ferrari // Austria, the home of Red Bull, where Ferrari ruled!
Hello friends, good vibes to all.
Another Formula 1 weekend, this time we moved to Austria with its Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, home this year of Max Verstappen and Checo Perez. The only difference with respect to past races is that this time we had the sprint race on Saturday, one that in this case was of 23 laps and that in a very personal way I do not like at all, this concept of doing a mini race before the main race although it may be attractive to some, it does not appeal to me. What can not be denied is that being so short the adrenaline goes to the maximum and at the slightest failure, it's all over.
For this award the table was quite tight as in the last races there had been results that facilitated that. For example, in the last two races Carlos Sainz got a podium, second in Canada and the winner at Silverstone, Hamilton came with a streak of two consecutive podiums also, both in third place and Checo himself that for every good race seems to have two bad ones. On the other hand, the one called to be the direct competition, at least in theory, Charles Leclerc has had a somewhat eventful and inconsistent season, he is the one who shines in the pole positions but in the races something always happens. Fortunately, despite the fact that things kept happening, the Monaco driver got even and managed to take the prize at his rivals' home.
Let's talk a little about the sprint race, one which the Dutch dominated from start to finish. In reality and I repeat that as it is so short, the changes that can occur are merely a matter of overtaking and some mechanical problem, here there is no strategy that is worth, as its name says, to be the fastest and that's it. The first positions did not change with respect to the Pole position of Friday, Max was accompanied on the podium by Lecrlerc and Sainz, but if we have to emphasize something, something that was really outstanding. Checo in Q2 exceeded the track limits (a very recurrent issue in this circuit) and was excluded from Q3 so he started Saturday in 13th place.
One of the best drivers to overtake, beyond the car he has, in my opinion is Sergio Perez, in fact we saw him do the same several times with Racing Point. In the sprint race as I told you he started from 13th and finished fifth, obviously the car helps a lot but here it is the driver who really does the job. To achieve that in so few laps is something to highlight considering that he had to overtake drivers like Hamilton, Alonso, Magnussen and Schumacher who by the way had an extraordinary weekend. The thing is that Red Bull arrived with their drivers with possibilities to score points and keep extending that lead but as we saw yesterday, things don't go as planned.
Yesterday was the beginning of what would be the eleventh race of the season. An award that would start throwing away everything done the day before, Russell would cause an incident with Checo Perez leading the Mexican to last place and costing a penalty of five seconds to the Mercedes driver. The sad part was to be seen later as Checo could not finish the race and had to retire, something that obviously is not in anyone's plans and that would be important points that would be lost, so yes, all the weight was on the shoulders of the current champion.
Honestly the race had two fronts, one in the front between Verstappen, the two Ferrari drivers and Hamilton who is slowly beginning to have pace again and the second front in the upper middle between the two Hass drivers who made an extraordinary race, Esteban Ocon and Lando Norris. The fights that took place between these four drivers in a great part of the race were worthy to see, the level that Mick Schumacher is showing in the last two awards is very good for the competition, achieving good results in both races.
As I said above we would see a constant change of positions between Verstappen and Leclerc who was being faster than Max, in several "mano a mano" the Monegasque would overtake the Red Bull driver without much difficulty, at least two or three times he did it. In terms of strategy I think both teams, both Ferrari and Red Bull, had no mistakes, the pit entries were correct, hence the continuous change in positions. In the end everything would be decided, once again, by failures that go beyond the drivers themselves and it is a pity because the battle was being very intense, everything seemed to be extremely close until the end, in fact it was, but for reasons that nobody likes.
On lap 50, of the 71 laps of the circuit, Leclerc would go to the pits so that one lap later his teammate Carlos Sainz would do the same. Three laps after that, Charles would overtake Verstappen, as we have been saying, very easily, to take the first position. Being second Max was being stalked by the other Ferrari driver who at this point was very clear that he would be on another podium, he came with an unstoppable pace to the point that he was shoulder to shoulder with the Dutchman but the unthinkable happens, those things that only happen to Ferrari, Sainz's engine explodes a couple of times causing the car to catch fire taking the Spaniard out of the prize.
It would have been a tragedy because they would have been the Ferrari drivers on the podium but it could not be. Carlos Sainz is another one that for every good race has a couple of disastrous ones and it seems that Ferrari has not found a solution to that problem because it is the same that harmed Leclerc in Baku. But this does not end here, when the Virtual Safety Car is given the drivers take advantage and make tire changes to medium tires for the remainder of the race and missing 10 laps Leclerc's advantage over Verstappen was a little more than four seconds. But as Ferrari is Ferrari, Charles would report problems with the throttle which was preventing to finish in a good way and would increase the drama because Verstappen was cutting time.
In the end Leclerc wins a very well deserved award for him, he did a great race, he was always faster than Verstappen and I think it was partly a prize after so many fiascos he has had throughout the season. Third would be Hamilton, for the third time in a row, I don't want to say that he is ready to fight for the championship because I don't think he is but it is always good to see a driver like him fighting races. But the pleasant surprise of the day would be Mick Schumacher who would be P6 after having run in a formidable way, how good it is to see the two Hass drivers in such good positions.
In this way the fight for the championship would be closed even more. Verstappen would be first with 208 points, Leclerc with 170 and Checo, without being able to add up, would drop to third place with 151 points. From sixth to fourth there is only 24 points difference, places occupied by Sainz and Hamilton. We are just in the middle of the season and I think there is nothing written yet, although it is true that there is already some difference I think that at least the fight could be between 3 or 4 drivers, if anything we have seen is that there is not much consistency this season. The next race is in France at the Paul Ricard circuit in two weeks, on July 24.
¡Un abrazo a todos, nos leemos en la próxima!
Well my people that's all for today, I hope you liked it.
¡Hugs to all, see you next time!