Austrian GP Sprint

The weekend started with the formal qualifying taking place after FP1 on Friday. On Saturday the Sprint shootout was held. This race had no bearing on the Sunday event and was a separate event entirely.


The Austrian GP Qualifying Results

Max Verstappen continued to reign supreme in Q1, finishing with a Q1 lap time of 01:05.116.

Logan Sargeant was the pole sitter when he last raced at the Red Bull Ring in F2. Unfortunately, he was not near the front in Q1 and ended up in 17th place meaning that he did not move onto Q2.

Alex Albon his teammate finished Q1 in 10th place at the same time as Lewis Hamilton (01:05.673).

Austrian GP – Qualifying Session 2

In what was to become a frustrating game changer for the whole event, the officials strictly enforced track limits. With the freak gusts of wind Alonso, Perez and Russel had their lap times deleted in Q2. Of the three only Alonso recovered and finished Q2 7th place.

Russel managed a better time on the next attempt and ended up in10th place. Sadly, other drivers achieved a faster time and knocked Russel below the cut off.

Perez ended up with another lap time deleted and he remained stuck in Q2.

Austrian GP – Qualifying Session 3

As expected, Max Verstappen ended up in pole position In Q3 with a lap time of 01:04.391.

Behind him Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz put up an epic struggle and achieved P2 and P3 respectively.

Lando Norris showed that the McLaren upgrades have made a difference and finished up in P4.

Lewis Hamiton came in 5th as the sole Mercedes in Q3. The very pleasing result was Lance Stroll managing to out qualify Fernando Alonso!

We list the full starting grid layout below.

1Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing01:05.11601:04.50201:04.391
2Charles LeclercFerrari01:05.57701:05.08701:04.439
3Carlos SainzFerrari01.06:17701:04.97501:04.581
4Lando NorrisMclaren01:05.61701:05.03801:04.658
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes01:05.67301:05.18801:04.831
6Lance StrollAston Martin01:05.71001:05.12101:04.833
7Fernando AlonsoAston Martin01:05.65501:05.18101:04.911
8Nico HulkenbergHaas 01:05.71001:05.36201:05.087
9Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault01:05:51501:05.08401:05.120
10Alexander AlbonWilliams01:05.67301:05.38701:05.823
11George RussellMercedes01:05.68601:05.428
12Esteban OconAlpine01:05.72901:05.453
13Oscar PiastriMclaren01:05.68301:05.605
14Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo01:05.76301:05.680
15Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing01:05.17702:06.680
16Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri01:05.784
17Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo01:05.818
18Logan SargeantWilliams01:05.948
19Kevin MagnussenHaas01:05.971
20Nyck De VriesAlphatauri01:05.974

The Austrian GP Sprint

Max Verstappen finished ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez with a mighty 21 second lead.

Hulkenberg had a great start, and for a while was following in second place. Unfortunately tire degradation forced him to slow down and then pit for a new set of slicks. Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz managed to use the opportunity to slip past.

Unfortunately, Sergio was too far behind to ever present a threat to Max Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton managed a recovery to 10th place after starting in 18th.

The Austrian GP F1 Sprint Race Results

1Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT2430:26.7
2Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT24+21.048s
3Carlos SainzFERRARI24+23.088s
5Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES24+30.109s
6Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI24+31.297s
7Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT24+36.602s
8George RussellMERCEDES24+36.611s
9Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES24+38.608s
10Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES24+46.375s
11Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES24+49.807s
12Charles LeclercFERRARI24+50.789s
13Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES24+52.848s
14Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI24+56.593s
15Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT24+57.652s
16Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT24+64.822s
17Nyck De VriesALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT24+65.617s
18Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES24+66.059s
19Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI24+70.825s
20Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI24+76.435s

Now all eyes are in the main race on Sunday,

The Main Austrian GP F1 Race Results

Verstappen led from the start maintaining his pole position.

Tsunoda and Ocon collided in lap 1 which brough the safety car out.

On lap 14 Hulkenberg experienced engine problems which brought out the virtual safety car. Most of the pack opted for a cheap pit for new tires. Verstappen opted to stay out.

One of the most frustrating memories of this race will be the number of 5 second penalties which were imposed due to track limits being exceeded. In a sense the penalties played a major part in deciding the final resutlts.

Mercedes never found their pace and ended up with Hamilton and Russel in 7th and 8th place respectively.

The middle markers (Gasly, Stroll, Albon and Ocon) had a great race with lots of tussles during the event.

Logan Sargeant’s 13th place finish was impressive, as was his teammate’s 11th place.

Surely the most epic part of the race happened in the last ten lap battle between Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz. Sergio had the faster car, but Carlos held him off with a brilliant tactical use of the DRS zones. Sainz held Sergio off until lap 63, at which point the mastery of the red bull car revealed itself.

2023 Canadian GP start

The Provisional Austrian GP F1 Race Results Are Listed Below

1Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT711:25:33.607
2Charles LeclercFERRARI71+5.155s
3Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT71+17.188s
4Caros SainzFERRARI71+21.377s
5Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES71+26.327s
6Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES71+30.317s
7Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES71+39.196s
8Goerge RusselMERCEDES71+48.403s
9Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT71+57.667s
11Alex AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES71+1 lap
12Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT70+1 lap
13Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES70+1 lap
14Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI70+1 lap
15Nyck De VriesALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT70+1 lap
16Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI70+1 lap
17Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES70+1 lap
18Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT70+1 lap
19Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI70+1 lap
20Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI12DNF

The Final Austrian GP F1 Race Results

Just when you thought it was safe to post the final results, Aston Martin goes and protests the number of track limit violations that were not penalized. During the event race control had over 1,200 track limit violations raised.

Aston Martin protested stating that a large number of cars were not penalized for a breach of Article 33.3 of the Sporting Regulations. Their protest was upheld and produced the following FINAL set of results.

The big losers were

  • Carlos Sainz demoted from 3rd to 6th.
  • Lewis Hamiton who swopped results with teammate George Russel – 7th to 8th.
  • Pierre Gasly who swopped places with Lance Stroll – 9th to 10th.

The biggest impact is on the 2023 championship standings.

Final Austrian GP F1 Race Result Table

1Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT7125:33.626
2Charles LeclercFERRARI71+5.155s18
3Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT71+17.188s15
4Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES71+26.327s12
5Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES71+30.317s10
6Carlos SainzFERRARI71+31.377s8
7George RussellMERCEDES71+48.403s6
8Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES71+49.196s4
10Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT71+67.667s1
11Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES71+79.767s0
12Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI70+1 lap0
13Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES70+1 lap0
14Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT70+1 lap0
15Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI70+1 lap0
16Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES70+1 lap0
17Nyck De VriesALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT70+1 lap0
18Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI70+1 lap0
19Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT70+1 lap0
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