Often out of touch in recent years, Sebastian Vettel has nothing to be ashamed of. Not this time, at least.
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The fault goes to his teammate Charles Leclerc, who caused the loss of the two Ferraris from the first moments of the Grand Prix of Styria, disputed yesterday in Austria.
Barely three turns after the start signal, the Monegasque attempted a too optimistic maneuver to surprise a few opponents. In wanting to dive inside, Leclerc harpooned Vettel’s single-seater, whose battered rear wing would force him to abandon.
” It was not the moment “
Two laps later, it’s Leclerc’s turn to abdicate after having damaged the flat bottom of his racing car during the impact.
“It’s clearly my fault,” said Leclerc on the Sky Sports network. “I fucked up. I don’t see any other word. Besides, this was not the time to do that. I saw an opportunity to win three or four positions, but everything closed in front of me, he added. I apologized to Sebastian. “
No space on the left
Vettel did not hide the fact that he was surprised by his partner’s behavior with the Reds.
“He may have arrived a little too quickly,” said the quadruple world champion when he saw the pictures. “I didn’t expect Charles to try anything there. There was no more space. “
Vettel is absolutely right. The peloton was particularly animated in front of him. A flick to the left would also have been bad for him.
Leclerc will understand that in the first round, we don’t win a race, but we can certainly lose it …
Stroll: “I was patient …”
Ranked seventh at the finish, just behind teammate Sergio Pérez, Lance Stroll was satisfied with his performance.
“I lost a lot of time trying to overtake Daniel Ricciardo,” said the Quebec driver. He was faster than me at the start and exit of the first corner of the circuit, which made my job difficult. “
In the penultimate lap (70e), Stroll went on the attack, and it succeeded.
“I was patient,” he admitted, “but I had to try something before the end. Our car is competitive, and it looks promising for the next races. ”
What you must remember
MAGISTRAL DEMONSTRATION IN THE RAIN
It is often said that it is in the rain that the best drivers can express all their talent and especially make the rest of the peloton look very bad in F1. Lewis Hamilton’s masterful demonstration at the qualifying session on Saturday at the Spielberg circuit in Austria clearly demonstrated that he was in a class by himself. With the best car on the board, we agree, it is obviously advantageous. But the Briton flew over the competition when he pushed his most serious rival, Max Verstappen, to 1.2 seconds, and his teammate at Mercedes Valtteri Bottas to 1.4 seconds.
After having led the Styria Grand Prix from start to finish, the second stage of a shortened season, signing his 85th F1 victory in passing, Lewis Hamilton is getting closer and closer to the record 91 held by Michael Schumacher. Another brand of the German is also threatened, that of the greatest number of presences on the podium. The Briton now has 152 against 155 for Schumacher.
A CHAMPION BECOMING?
Getting into F1 has not been easy for George Russell, who has decided to drive the worst car in F1. But the young British hope, barely 22 years old, was very brilliant when he qualified his Williams at 11e rank in the rain in qualifying on Saturday. Russell, a product of the Mercedes sector, is destined to occupy a seat in the German stable within a year or two. He was crowned champion in the GP3 series (2017) and in Formula 2, the anteroom of F1, the following year.
– Louis Butcher
2e F1 World Championship stage
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes): 1h, 22min, 50,683 s
2. Valtteri Bottas (END / Mercedes): at 13,719 s
3. Max Verstappen (PB/Red Bull-Honda) : at 33,698 s
4. Alexander Albon (THA/Red Bull-Honda) : at 44,400 s
5. Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren Renault) : at 1: 01.470 s
6. Sergio Perez (MEX/Racing Point-Mercedes) : at 1: 02.387 s
7. Lance Stroll (CAN/Racing Point-Mercedes) : at 1: 02.453 s
8. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS- / Renault): at 1: 02.591 s
9. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP / McLaren-Renault): at 1 turn
10. Daniil Kvyat (RUS / Alpha Tauri-Honda): at 1 turn
11. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN / Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari): at 1 turn
12. Kevin Magnussen (AND / Haas- Ferrari): at 1 turn
13. Romain Grosjean (FRA / Haas-Ferrari): at 1 turn
14. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) : at 1 turn
15. Pierre Gasly (FRA / Alpha Tauri-Honda): at 1 turn
16. George Russell (GBR/Williams-Mercedes) : at 2 turns
17. Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) : at 2 turns
18. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Renault): mechanical problem 26e tour
19. Sebastian Vettel (ALL-/Ferrari) : accident at 2e tour
20. Charles Leclerc (MON / Ferrari): drop out at 5e tour
1. Valtteri Bottas (END): 43 pts
2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) : 37
3. Lando Norris (GBR) : 26
4. Charles Leclerc (MON) : 18
5. Sergio Perez (MEX) : 16
6. Max Verstappen (PB) : 15
7. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) : 13
8. Alexander Albon (THA): 12
9. Pierre Gasly (FROM) : 6
10. Lance Stroll (CAN) : 6
11. Esteban Ocon (FROM) : 4
12. Daniel Ricciardo (OUT) : 4
13. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) : 2
14. Daniil Kvyat (RUS) : 1
15. Sebastian Vettel (ALL) : 1
16. Romain Grosjean (FROM) : 0
17. Kevin Magnussen (DAN): 0
18. Kimi Raikkonen (END): 0
19. Nicholas Latifi (CAN) : 0
20. Daniel Ricciardo (OUT) : 0
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