Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Red Bull Ring, 2019

Leclerc quickest as Bottas and Verstappen crash

2019 Austrian Grand Prix second practice

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Charles Leclerc led the way for Ferrari in a disrupted second practice session as Mercedes and Red Bull lost a car each to crashes.

Max Verstappen spun his RB15 into the barrier at turn 10 just as drivers were beginning their qualifying simulation runs. The Red Bull driver was still running his medium compound tyres at the time, but Sebastian Vettel had gone out on a set of softs and had to abort his run as the red flags came out.

Verstappen lost the back end of his car at turn 15 and went into the barrier rear-first, causing substantial damage to the Red Bull. Within a few minutes of the mess being cleared up the track was clear and the drivers headed out once more.

But another crash soon brought the session to a halt again. This time it was Bottas, who tried to catch a mid-corner snap at turn six, but ploughed into the gravel and on nose-first into a barrier. He too was unhurt, but again the session had to be stopped so the car could be cleared away.

By now the teams were running out of time to conduct their race simulation runs and several drivers had been forced to abort qualifying simulations. Charles Leclerc found a clear run to lower his best time to a 1’05.086 to head the session, though he was two-tenths of a second off the quickest lap from the morning’s running. Leclerc was also briefly investigated for an incident involving Antonio Giovinazzi, but was cleared.

Incredibly, Leclerc’s team mate Sebastian Vettel almost joined Verstappen and Bottas when he spun off at speed in the final corner. But his Ferrari stopped just short of the barriers, and he toured slowly back to the pits on badly damaged tyres.

Bottas’s best effort therefore stood as the second-best time ahead of Pierre Gasly. Lewis Hamilton was fourth after going wide at the final corner, and Carlos Sainz Jnr cut a rut through the turn six gravel on his way to the fifth-fastest time.

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Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’05.086 37
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’05.417 0.331 12
3 10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1’05.487 0.401 33
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’05.529 0.443 43
5 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren-Renault 1’05.545 0.459 44
6 8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1’05.701 0.615 38
7 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’05.728 0.642 37
8 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’05.871 0.785 34
9 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1’05.879 0.793 13
10 4 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1’05.952 0.866 48
11 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1’05.960 0.874 41
12 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1’05.964 0.878 43
13 23 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1’06.064 0.978 46
14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’06.119 1.033 37
15 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1’06.148 1.062 38
16 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’06.249 1.163 27
17 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1’06.418 1.332 30
18 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1’06.829 1.743 40
19 63 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1’07.217 2.131 27
20 88 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1’08.508 3.422 38

Second practice visual gaps

Charles Leclerc – 1’05.086

+0.331 Valtteri Bottas – 1’05.417

+0.401 Pierre Gasly – 1’05.487

+0.443 Lewis Hamilton – 1’05.529

+0.459 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’05.545

+0.615 Romain Grosjean – 1’05.701

+0.642 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’05.728

+0.785 Sebastian Vettel – 1’05.871

+0.793 Max Verstappen – 1’05.879

+0.866 Lando Norris – 1’05.952

+0.874 Kevin Magnussen – 1’05.960

+0.878 Sergio Perez – 1’05.964

+0.978 Alexander Albon – 1’06.064

+1.033 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’06.119

+1.062 Daniil Kvyat – 1’06.148

+1.163 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’06.249

+1.332 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’06.418

+1.743 Lance Stroll – 1’06.829

+2.131 George Russell – 1’07.217

+3.422 Robert Kubica – 1’08.508

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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22 comments on “Leclerc quickest as Bottas and Verstappen crash”

  1. Lap times are slower than last year.

    1. That’s because the drivers had to abort their qualifying runs because of Verstappen’s and Bottas’s crashes. It’s written in the article.

    2. @Chaitanya So is the fastest FP1 time, but don’t worry, they are presumably going to beat the outright track record on this circuit as well come qualifying.

  2. To be honest, if Kubica was some random driver from F2 instead of someone who is loved by the F1 community and has a comeback story, he would be bashed and ridiculed at every opportunity for being a “hopeless pay driver”. These performances are worse than what Palmer was churning out, quite frankly. I keep waiting for him to finally get on the pace, but at this point, I just think that maybe he isn’t really ready for F1 anymore after his injuries. Keeping Sirotkin may have been the smarter choice in hindsight (not that the end results would admittedly be any different).

    1. I cannot believe Kubica is 1,3 seconds slower than his teammate just because of driving skill or injuries alone.

      1. Well he is

      2. @matthijs Even if his car is not the same as Russell’s, would that really explain the gap between them? I don’t see this excuse being used to defend Gasly or Stroll, or Palmer before them? Some people are simply not good enough for their seats.

        1. @mashiat I don’t think Gasly is this much slower than Verstappen just because of driving skill.

      3. He’s not.

      4. Come on, we often hear how fit an F1 driver must be and how physichally demanding controlling one of these machines is. And Kubica pretty much only has the use of his left hand. He can’t even lift his right hand. If you think THAT isn’t going to put a driver at a significan’t dissadvantage, you should get your sanity checked.
        Even Michael Schumacher couldn’t get back to top level after being away from F1 for a few seasons. What makes you think a significantly less talented driver like Kubica would return to his old level of performance after basically losing an arm and being away for F1 for SO LONG? It was naive of anyone to think he could cut it. Just putting an even more dissapointin end to his career.

    2. Luke S (@joeypropane)
      28th June 2019, 16:08

      The funny things is, his gaps are often similar to those between Perez and Stroll… Is it more of an insult for Kubica to be as bad as Stroll? Or for Stroll to be as bad as a very obviously handicapped Kubica??

      1. It just shows that neither of them should be in F1. And while there’s absolutely no way Stroll will leave due to daddy’s investment, Kubica actually can do that. In my opinion he should accept the harsh reality and step down. Maybe stay on as an ambassador, advisor or simulator driver.

        1. @zimkazimka, right now, Kubica’s performance does feel a bit like the old adage “be careful what you wish for, you might just get it”. A lot of Kubica’s old fans had been hoping to see him back in the sport and they have now gotten their wish, but in the process they are now having to watch all of their dreams of glory disintegrate when faced with the harsh reality that Kubica is now finding himself in.

          Maybe, in some ways, they would have been better off dreaming of what might have been, rather than now being in the situation of finding out what that actually means. I had always felt from the start that Kubica’s return was likely to disappoint, simply because there were so many with unrealistically high expectations to begin with – I imagine that, if you asked many of his fans what they wanted, they would answer “not this”.

      2. @joeypropane Given how much grief Stroll gets (justifiably so in my opinion), Kubica should arguably be given more, as a rookie like Russell is nowhere near the competition that a driver like Perez in his 9th season of F1 will be.

    3. Flyingbasil
      28th June 2019, 19:09

      Maybe we see now why Sirotkin’s sponsors pulled him out if Williams, there is something really wrong with that team.

  3. Panagiotis Papatheodorou (@panagiotism-papatheodorou)
    28th June 2019, 15:57

    This is the most exciting FP2 of the last decade or something.

    1. more action packed than most races this year… Maybe even all the races combined!

  4. Kubica is at risk of not making the 107% rule – right now that’s about 67.6 seconds. He’s nearly 2 seconds outside that.

    1. For starters the 107% time for FP2 is 69.64 seconds which Kubica is inside of. Even if it was 67.6 Kubica time is less than second outside of it, not nearly 2

  5. The gap between Russell and kubica, is nearly as large as the gap between 1st and 18th….. wow

  6. Verstappen lost the back end of his car at turn 15

    Does the Red Bull Ring even have 15 corners? Or am I missing something?

    1. @oeuribe maybe ‘Turn 15’ is just a Name like ‘Piratella’ or ‘Mirabeau’

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