Penalty or No Penalty? - Engine parts, track limits and more
Qualifying is already done and dusted and as we’re getting ready for tomorrow’s Sprint qualifying, let’s have a look through all the penalties Friday brought.
Before even FP1 ended, it was announced that Valtteri Bottas would get a new ICE, TC, MGU-H, MGU-K, CE and EX ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix. He will start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid, as it’s the fourth time the Finn is changing most of those parts.
McLaren had problems during FP1, with Lando Norris stopping on the side of the track at T6, reporting smoke coming from the bottom of his seat. The team investigated the issue and changed Norris’s PU, returning to one already in the pool. No penalth for the Brit, who will start the Austrian GP from P15.
Qualifying went on, with Max Verstappen taking another -not as easy as it looked- pole position, with both Ferraris really close behind him.
It was a very… eventful session to say the least, with both Mercedes crashing out, one after the other.
George Russell, jumped out of his car and walked across the track to return to his team’s pitbox, resulting in him getting investigated for allegedly “entering the track without permission”. Russell received a warning, but no further penalty.
Sergio Perez had a rather eventful day as well, as he got his, Q3 promoting, lap time eventually deleted, and instead of starting from P4 at tomorrow’s Sprint, he drops at P13.
Here’s the full Provisional Sprint Starting Grid, as provided by the FIA: