Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, Red Bull Ring, 2021

Gasly confident of reaching Q3 despite ‘struggles with car balance’

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In the round-up: AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly says the cooler conditions of the Austrian Grand Prix aren’t suiting his team, but he still believes he can qualify in the top 10 again.

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In brief

Gasly confident in continuing Friday form

Gasly was seventh fastest in Friday practice for the Austrian Grand Prix, and believes he can qualify that far up the order tomorrow despite admitting to balance problems across the first two sessions of the weekend.

Gasly was asked after second practice whether his Friday pace, 0.856 seconds slower than that of the fastest Mercedes, could be continued.

“Yeah, I think so,” he said. “Today was slightly more difficult on my side. In these cold conditions, I struggled a bit more with the balance of the car. So I think performance-wise it looks good, we are still in the mix, even though I think we can make a couple of improvements for tomorrow.”

The grand prix winner was actually the slower of the two AlphaTauri drivers by 0.023s, with team mate Yuki Tsunoda ending Friday in sixth place.

Hauger takes F3 pole after Collet penalty

Collet’s deleted lap time handed Hauger his second pole position
Prema’s Dennis Hauger will Sunday’s third Formula 3 race at the Red Bull Ring from pole position, after MP’s Caio Collet had his quicker lap time deleted.

Track limits violations were widespread across the field: Collet’s was one of over 70 recorded offences. Hauger kept it clean to earn his second pole position of the season. It was a tight fight at the front, as once Collet’s benchmark lap was deleted it left a top five split by less than a tenth of a second.

Hauger was fastest by 0.028 seconds, with the next places on the race three grid provisionally being occupied by Frederik Vesti, Alexander Smolyar, Collet and Jak Crawford.

By qualifying 12th, Charouz’s Logan Sargeant will be on pole for the reversed grid first race of the weekend on Saturday morning. He felt he could have bettered Crawford had it not been for traffic. The session also saw a collision in the pit lane between Johnathan Hoggard and Reshad de Gerus.

Chadwick back on top in W Series

Chadwick was back on top after switching chassis
A change of car for W Series champion Jamie Chadwick returned her to the top of the times sheet in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring, as she took her fourth series pole by 0.118 seconds.

Her 2019 title rival Beitske Visser qualified second, Emma Kimilainen was third and USF2000 graduate Bruna Tomaselli was the top rookie in fourth.

The session was interrupted when Sabre Cook crashed after exiting the pits. Points leader Alice Powell’s change of chassis since round one (as is required by the series) left her down in 13th place, ruing car problems.

Newgarden fastest in Friday practice at Mid-Ohio

Penske’s Josef Newgarden set the pace in the first IndyCar practice session at Mid-Ohio on Friday.

He led the way with a 1’07.2524 lap which put him a quarter of a second up on McLaren SP’s Patricio O’Ward in second place. Meyer Shank’s Jack Harvey was a third of a second back in third place, and Andretti’s Alexander Rossi was fourth fastest.

Ryan Norman made his first ever appearance in an IndyCar session his Dale Coyne with Rick Ware Racing-run car and was 22nd fastest, which put him ahead of series returnee Santino Ferrucci.

Another returnee is Felix Rosenqvist, who has missed two races through injury, and he caused a red flag stoppage when he spun at turn one.

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Making a car look good in green is harder than you think. Aston Martin have said they were evaluating how to make their British Racing Green colour scheme look good on television without compromising the iconic hue. It may sound trivial, but it matters for sponsorship, and it turns out it’s not the first time that liveries have differed between the real world and the screen according to Steve Clark

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  • 5 comments on “Gasly confident of reaching Q3 despite ‘struggles with car balance’”

    1. COTD: “Schumacher era” (96-07) Ferraris also look different in person than on television, and I think prior to that, the unique Ferrari red was also different in print due to limitations of CYMK printing.

      1. That is a Great idea!

      2. ian dearing
        3rd July 2021, 8:08

        You mean David Coulthard, the W Series Board Chairman and owner of Whisper Films that produce F1 content for C4 should give their W Series product to a rival?
        Think I’d rather see F1tv run by Whisper.

    2. Russian GP last year also had pretty high attendance, so not the first time in this COVID era.

      Australian GP will eventually face cancellation – this is the cold truth. The AusGP going ahead as rescheduled is simply unrealistic.

      Additionally, on this day in F1, the 2016 Austrian GP took place.

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