F1 »

F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Vettel bounces back but more issues strike

Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari best on day one in Austria, but technical issues dog the German in both sessions
CLICK HERE for the full Austrian Grand Prix FP2 results

Having been forced to miss most of the first free practice session, Sebastian Vettel bounced back in fine fashion to top the timesheets in FP2 at the Red Bull Ring, even if he would end his day battling yet more technical issues.

A loss of drive in FP1 would see Vettel park up after just four laps, but the German was straight up to speed at the beginning of FP2, putting his lack of track time aside to turn in a best lap of 1min 09.600secs during the first-half of the session.

However, Vettel's session would conclude with him back in the pit-lane after the Ferrari developed a suspected gearbox problem. It means, despite being quickest, Vettel has completed just 32 laps during both sessions.

With less than a second covering the top ten, Nico Rosberg was a close second place behind Vettel, the German falling just 0.011secs shy of his countryman, while Kimi Raikkonen completed Ferrari's positive day with an error-free run to third.

Usurping the usual top four, Pastor Maldonado was an impressive fourth quickest in the Lotus – despite a late off -, just three tenths off the top spot and faster than Lewis Hamilton, who had wide moment at turn eight once again to blame for him failing to make good on his super-soft tyres.

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Nico Hulkenberg was sixth quickest for Force India, ahead of Romain Grosjean, the Frenchman quickly up to pace having sat out FP1 in favour of reserve driver Jolyon Palmer.

Max Verstappen led the Renault-engined charge for Toro Rosso in eighth place, while Felipe Nasr and Sergio Perez completed the top ten positions.

Meanwhile, McLaren's trying start to the weekend continued, with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button hitting more problems having completed just 17 laps each. Though Alonso was able to debut the new short-nose on the MP4-30, he missed the final 30mins of the session, while Button is reportedly facing a potential penalty after reporting a loss of drive too.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
21.05.2015- Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
19.06.2015- Free Practice 1,  Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
19.06.2015- Free Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


June 19, 2015 3:16 PM

classact1: Although not setting a time on the supersofts he says the car is great and that he was 4 tenths up on Nico before he bailed out of his last hot lap.
lulu did go out on supersofts but he spun on nearly every lap!

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.