2020 Austrian Grand Prix, Bottas, Pole Position, dailycarblog
Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying: Mercedes Lockdown Front Row As Ferrari Flounders
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Formula One’s stalled start to the Grand Prix season finally got underway after a near four-month lockdown due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. As a result, the schedule had to be altered with the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix becoming the first of eight European races planned over the next two months. Beyond that, the socially distanced, mask-wearing schedule remains uncertain.

What the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying made certain was that Mercedes still remains the strongest most dominant team of all. However, Valterri Bottas took the qualifying honors posting a time of 1:02.939, 0.12 seconds faster than team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

It is not a surprise for Bottas to out-qualifying Hamilton, he has done it many times before. The Red Bull Ring suits Bottas’ driving style, but Hamilton is sure to strike back in tomorrow’s race. Ferrari brought their pre-season testing form to the opening Grand Prix qualifying of the year. And it was as bad as expected.

2020 Austrian Grand Prix, Vettel, dailycarblog

Estranged Ferrari outcast, Sebastian Vettel, failed to get into Q1, Charles Leclerc managed to get through by the skin of his teeth. The Ferrari car has an aerodynamic deficiency, the team expects the issue will be resolved by the Hungarian Grand Prix. Ferrari is in trouble, in modern Grand Prix, if a team starts the season badly, it will end the season with marginal performance gains.

2020 Austrian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen, dailycarblog

Max Verstappen qualified third, the Red Bull was just over six-tenths off the pace set by Mercedes, a huge margin. However, Verstappen believes his slower tire choice will favor him in the race. McLaren has turned a corner and put in an impressive performance, Lando Norris qualified 4th just two-tenths slower than Max Verstappen.

Albon posted the 5th best time and the Racing Point’s qualified 6th and 9th with Daniel Ricciardo rounding off the top 10. Williams continued their routine decline by failing to get into Q2, despite having a Mercedes customer engine to play with. George Russell qualified 17th, which is seen as encouraging by some observers. It isn’t.

2020 Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton, dailycarblog

Overall, Mercedes is in full control, showing they have a considerable advantage over every other team. Race day is never a certainty, however, Mercedes holds such an advantage the only prediction one can make is either Bottas or Hamilton for the win.

2020 Austrian Grand Prix: Qualifying Results

177Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:04.1111:03.0151:02.93919
244Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:04.1981:03.0961:02.95121
333Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA1:04.0241:04.0001:03.47723
44Lando NorrisMCLAREN RENAULT1:04.6061:03.8191:03.62617
523Alexander AlbonRED BULL RACING HONDA1:04.6611:03.7461:03.86818
611Sergio PerezRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:04.5431:03.8601:03.86819
716Charles LeclercFERRARI1:04.5001:04.0411:03.92320
855Carlos SainzMCLAREN RENAULT1:04.5371:03.9711:03.97118
918Lance StrollRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:04.3091:03.9551:04.02917
103Daniel RicciardoRENAULT1:04.5561:04.0231:04.23915
115Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:04.5541:04.20613
1210Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI HONDA1:04.6031:04.30514
1326Daniil KvyatALPHATAURI HONDA1:05.0311:04.43114
1431Esteban OconRENAULT1:04.9331:04.64312
158Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI1:05.0941:04.69114
1620Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:05.1648
1763George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:05.16710
1899Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:05.1758
197Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:05.2249
206Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:05.75712

Q1 107% time – 1:08.505

2020 Austrian Grand Prix, Bottas, Pole Position, dailycarblog
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