Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, Red Bull Ring, 2014

Half the field had lap times deleted in qualifying

2014 Austrian Grand Prix

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Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, Red Bull Ring, 2014Half of the F1 field had at least one of their lap times deleted for running too wide at turn eight during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Eleven drivers in the 22-strong field were caught out by running too far across the kerb, which they had been warned about before the session began.

The most frequent offender was Marcus Ericsson, who had three of his four flying laps deleted in Q1.

That was the session which saw the most infringements, with only three further lap time deletions occuring in Q2 and Q3. The latter included Nico Hulkenberg, who lost his only lap time from the top ten shoot-out.

NoDriverTeamTimeLap time deleted
8Romain GrosjeanLotus14:06:241’12.129
77Valtteri BottasWilliams14:06:341’11.039
10Kamui KobayashiCaterham14:06:401’11.987
26Daniil KvyatToro Rosso14:06:511’10.796
9Marcus EricssonCaterham14:08:261’12.853
21Esteban GutierrezSauber14:09:581’11.667
14Fernando AlonsoFerrari14:10:591’11.347
99Adrian SutilSauber14:15:371’10.774
17Jules BianchiMarussia14:16:141’11.940
9Marcus EricssonCaterham14:17:211’12.728
9Marcus EricssonCaterham14:18:431’12.560
8Romain GrosjeanLotus14:37:571’10.522
44Lewis HamiltonMercedes14:54:291’09.300
27Nico HulkenbergForce India15:00:111’09.836

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18 comments on “Half the field had lap times deleted in qualifying”

  1. Fastest Laps from qualifying:

    Pos. No. Driver Constructor Fastest Lap
    1 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:08.759
    2 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:08.846
    3 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:08.944
    9 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1.09.092
    4 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:09.285
    5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:09.466
    6 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:09.473
    7 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:09.490
    10 27 Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:09.624
    8 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:09.657
    11 11 Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:09.754
    12 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:09.780
    13 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:09.801
    14 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:09.939
    15 25 Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:10.073
    16 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:10.461
    17 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:10.825
    18 21 Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:11.349
    19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:11.412
    20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:11.673
    21 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:11.775
    22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:12.560

    1. Although Hamilton and Hulkenberg would be a position lower with their Q3 laps, and Ericsson only one tenth slower in the same position.

      1. And it looks like Sutil would have bumped Maldonado out of Q1 actually.

      2. If Chilton had taken a right after turn 1 and made a shortcut to turn 6, he might have made it into Q2.

  2. Wow !
    Kmag and Kvyat ?

    Great efforts by the kids

  3. Highlights the fact Massa was on the edge but also never made a mistake. Great effort!

    1. He blocked wheels a couple of times and missed the apex again a couple of times. He could’ve squeezed like 2 or 3 tenths more of his time if he didn’t make those mistakes.

      1. Yes, but he was still better than everyone else…

  4. Good on the stewards for sticking to their guns.

    1. @Mike Agreed. Hopefully this sets a precedent for the rest of the season and beyond.

  5. I’m glad they didn’t let them get away with infringements.

  6. In Q3 on the first run rosberg ran all 4 wheels off the track at turn 8 but his lap wasn’t deleted, am I missing something or should his lap be deleted like it was for everyone else?

    1. I think it was just fine. I saw it as well and felt the right front was slightly off-track, but it was not all that clear.

  7. I approve of this no nonsense approach by the stewards. You’re either inside the defined line or you aren’t. It is a pity that they’ve taken this long to clamp down on the track limits thing. It has been one of the things that grates on me. Better late than never I suppose, but I just hope they continue to keep a clamp down on it.

  8. You know what would be effective? A bloody gravel trap! Or at least put something that actually slows the car down next to the gravel trap. Doesn’t need to cover the entire run off area, but at least a strip next to the ripple strip. Some corners have the astroturf but that doesn’t seem to slow the drivers much anyway.

    1. next to the ripple strip*

    2. I always think it should be some kind of material that sticks to the tyres and makes you a bit slower for the next few corners so that you don’t gain an advantage by running wide.

  9. I feel sorry for Ericsson. Looks like me at PCars :)

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