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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Gasly confident in continuing Friday form
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
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
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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