D he qualifying Saturday in Spielberg can be very good divide clearly into winners and losers. Big winner: Valtteri Bottas. The unlucky person of the season seems to have been rewarded by karma in Austria. As in the previous year, he grabbed the fastest lap and is on pole position. For the Finn it is the first of the season and the fifth of his career. In addition, he set a new course record. We would say: it works for him. Even world championship leader Lewis Hamilton had nothing to do with his stable rival and was finally happy with him about the double success for the Silver Arrows. They have pretty good cards for the race.
Winners and losers in Spielberg
One of the losers is clearly Sebastian Vettel. The Ferrari driver was initially happy about third place on the grid before the stewards pronounced a penalty against the Heppenheimer around 6 p.m. He has to start the race three places back because he obstructed Carlos Sainz in the Renault in qualifying. After the initial crash in Paul Ricard, another bad omen to replace Hamilton at the top of the World Cup table.
But Red Bull also had a used day. First of all, Max Verstappen's Red Bull had to be transported back to the pits on the truck during the final training session because the electronics were on strike - at the time when he wanted to try out party mode. But that didn't seem to be of much help later in qualifying either. The cops lagged 7 tenths behind. In addition, there was stink within the team. Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo disagreed about who should donate slipstream to whom.
Flying aero parts
The curbs were also an issue on Saturday. It caught several drivers who were distributing their parts of front wings and Co. on the track. Of course, the fans on site got a lot on offer. The Dutch are clearly in the majority, which the orange-colored meadows and grandstands show.
In our picture gallery we show you the highlights from qualifying Saturday.