High temperatures and high drama at the Red Bull Ring

June 28, 2019
Race Report
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Incident packed Friday kicks off the Austrian GP weekend at the Red Bull Ring!

Checo and Lance rack up over 150 laps between them during Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 at the Red Bull Ring.

Sergio Perez

FP1    1:06.457    P15  36 laps
FP2    1:05.964    P12  43 laps

Sergio: “I’m feeling positive. The hot conditions today are similar to those we expect for the race and we’ve done some important homework and collected lots of information. I think everybody will try and do a one-stop race on Sunday, but the high track temperatures will make this quite challenging.

With such a short circuit here in Austria, the priority tomorrow is putting together a clean and tidy lap because if you lose a tenth here, it’s more costly than some other tracks.”

Lance Stroll

FP1    1:06.756    P18    29 laps
FP2    1:06.829    P18    40 laps

Lance: “It’s not been the easiest of Fridays: track temperatures were incredibly high and it was quite windy out there, too. Unfortunately, the red flags came at just the wrong time for me, when I was doing my performance runs on the soft tyre – but at least those were simulations and not qualifying for real.

I lost a bit of time going wide on the kerb in second practice, but the team did a great job and got me back out quickly. We have a lot of things to work on tonight to find some extra pace and we will come back fighting tomorrow.”

Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal

“A solid day of set-up work, data collection, and race preparation. It was a pretty typical Friday, apart from the red flags, which disrupted the afternoon session and made it difficult to find a rhythm in the first half of practice.

We always expect a very close grid here – with so few corners making up the lap – and have worked hard on our one lap pace today. The hot track conditions add another factor into the mix, especially in terms of tyre management and brake cooling, but I’m confident we’ve learned enough this afternoon to guide our decision-making in the lead up to qualifying.”