EL2 – Max Verstappen passes between the drops, engine alert for Gasly

While the rain lingers, Max Verstappen continues his domination at the Red Bull Ring with the best time in FP2. Pierre Gasly did not race this afternoon following an engine alarm.

Published on 25/06/2021 à 16:09

Quentin DUBOIS

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EL2 – Max Verstappen passes between the drops, engine alert for Gasly

Max Verstappen, unbeatable at the Red Bull Ring. / © Photo Joao Filipe / DPPI

Best weather this morning, best weather this afternoon for Max Verstappen. Perfect day for the championship leader who has had a string of good performances. The Dutchman has prepared as best as possible for tomorrow's qualifying session.

The rest of the classification is surprising since we find Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) in second position and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) third. Alpine seems very fit on the Austrian circuit since Fernando Alonso set the fifth time in 1.05.827.

The drivers of the French team are separated by Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). The Briton set the best time during the runs on soft tires. This was canceled for failure to respect the track limits at turn number 10.

Behind this top 5, we find Sebastian Vettel in sixth position. The four-time world champion looks better and better at the wheel of his Aston Martin. The German driver will also reunite with Dan Fallows, who was recruited by Aston Martin. The British engineer was at Red Bull since 2006 and was part of the team during the Austrian team's heyday.

Behind Vettel, we find Lando Norris (7th), Lance stroll (8th), Sergio Perez (9th) and Antonio Giovinazzi (10th).

Complicated weekend for Ferrari, which seems to be suffering again since the arrival of the new tire pressures. Valtteri Bottas only ranked 12th and offered us a scene that was surprising to say the least. The Finn spun in the pit lane. Fortunately, the incident ended well and no one was hit by the Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas will, however, be summoned to the commissioners and risks a sanction.

Bad news also for Pierre Gasly. The French driver did not complete a single lap following an alert on the engine of his Alpha Tauri before FP2. 

If qualifying takes place in the dry, the gaps between the different teams risk being tight. The rain which threatens the paddock of the F1 since this morning, still hasn't fallen. An important piece of data that will surely change the scenario of an exciting weekend.
The drivers will race tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. for FP3. The qualifying session is scheduled for 15:00 p.m. (French time)


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