Madness at Red Bull Ring, Hamilton’s brutal pole followed by Verstappen and Carlos Sainz’s incredible third place with McLaren
Cotton does not deceive and water, in Formula 1, tends to clarify and put everyone in their place. What things, in the sport of extreme precision, accustomed to the perfect lap in ideal circumstances, without an extra drop of fuel and with tires that hold just one try, the flooded track of Red Bull Ring allowed a spectacular classification in which it was squeezed every minute, with the 20 cars constantly rolling in very complicated conditions because it kept on screwing, without grasping the asphalt and evacuating, the Pirelli, 85 liters per second so that the fastest cars on the planet could fly. Rather, navigate. Only one downside: that there was no audience to vibrate with this qualifying madness at the Styrian GP.
Pole was awarded the most brutal Lewis Hamilton ever, 1.2 seconds ahead, dancing on an impractical track and getting better in the last bars when nobody else could even think about it. The duel kept him against Max Verstappen until the end, Mercedes against Red Bull alternating at the top of the standings, but the six-time champion brought out the best of his talent and forced the surrender of Mad Max, who ended Saturday crossing the last two corners, very blocked, fallen. The other winner of this crazy and amazing ranking is Carlos Sainz, with a last attempt that cuts the breath and after suffering in that Q3 until reaching the perfect lap. Arrived on time, with the McLaren MC35, and fixed the third best record of the final session ahead of Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari or Red Bull. “Ole, ole, ole!” He shouted to his engineer, Tom Stallard, after playing the guy to sign his best grid position ever.
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Esteban Ocon also shone with the Renault and Pierre Gasly with the Alpha Tauri, either of them could have slipped into positions of honor, and that’s why they ended up in front of tough guys like Daniel Ricciardo or Sebastian Vettel. The German, by the way, was faster than his partner, Charles Leclerc, who was eliminated in Q2 with an eleventh place along with another winner, George Russell, who took the Williams to unimaginable heights in the dry. Stroll (Racing Point), Kvyat (Alpha Tauri) and Magnussen (Haas) completed that screen.
It was an intense hour and a half, without breaks, with alternatives and on a firm that improved at times and was ruined without warning. It did not stop raining, the typical lane did not dry up, and the conditions did not improve but the times did, as the pilots gained confidence. In fact, it’s only fair to recognize the talent of the 20s: just an accident, that of Antonio Giovinazzi who crowned Q1 with a red flag. In that first cut Checo Pérez stayed and it is strange to see him as far away with such powerful machinery as the 2019 Mercedes. Also Raikkonen, Latifi or Grosjean, plus the Italian.
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