In the round-up: Carlos Sainz Jnr is feeling positive about his own performances at the Red Bull Ring in his Ferrari, despite being out-qualified by a Williams for the second time in a row.
Sainz praises Williams paceCarlos Sainz Jnr failed to make the top 10 in Austrian Grand Prix qualifying, but he’s saying it’s in no way a driving fault that he was outpaced by a Williams that hasn’t scored a point this year.
Sainz went 11th fastest in Q2, just 0.006 seconds slower than Williams’ George Russell in 10th. Russell went on to qualify ninth, and both he and Sainz move up a spot on the grid due a penalty for Sebastian Vettel.
“You need to take into account that we tried to make it through with the medium,” said Sainz. “And you always expose yourself to this kind of scenario where you don’t make it through.
“I think from my side I’ve made a lot of progress compared to last week. I was on it the whole quali, and by six thousands I’m not super happy.”
It’s the second grand prix in a row that Sainz hasn’t progressed past Q2 and been outqualified by Russell.
“He was running P8 before retiring [last weekend]. I did a few laps behind him and it was impossible to pass. So, good job to George. For sure he’s doing a good job, but it’s not like a Williams is much slower than us. If anything in quali, it definitely looks like the quicker package this week.”
Newgarden pips Herta to IndyCar pole
IndyCar qualifying at Mid-Ohio was decided by the smallest of margins, as Penske’s Josef Newgarden beat Andretti’s Colton Herta to pole by just 0.0031s in the fast six session.
Newgarden said his pole lap had put him “out of breath”, and it will be the third race in a row he’s started from the front.
Marcus Ericsson was the top Chip Ganassi driver in third, four tenths off Newgarden’s pace. Penske’s Will Power was fourth, with a small margin to Ericsson’s team mate Scott Dixon in fifth and Andretti’s Alexander Rossi in sixth. Dixon went on to set the pace in the final practice session before the race.
Championship leader Alex Palou qualified seventh, 13 places ahead of closest title rival Patricio O’Ward who struggled over the undulations of the circuit. Dale Coyne with Rick Ware Racing’s Ryan Normal will start from last place on the 26-car grid for his series debut.
F1 in talks with new power unit suppliers
Formula 1 and the FIA jointly confirmed a meeting took place yesterday to discuss the sport’s planned new engine regulations. It is believed to have involved Ferrari, Honda, Mercedes, Red Bull, Renault and several companies that could join the world championship in the future as power unit suppliers, including Porsche.
“Very positive discussions took place today with all of the current and potential new power unit suppliers regarding the next phase of the Formula 1 power unit,” was the statement F1 put out about the meeting.
“The discussions will continue over the coming weeks with further news to be announced following those discussions.”
F3 driver visits hospital after Red Bull Ring crash
Kaylen Frederick will miss the final FIA Formula 3 race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring.
The Carlin driver scored his first points in the series with ninth place in race one on Saturday, which put him fourth on the grid for race two. He was in that position when he clashed with Juan Manuel Correa at turn three, and his race ended shortly after.
He was handed a three-place grid penalty for his part in the incident with the ART driver, but he won’t serve it on Sunday as he went to hospital after race two and was found to have broken his left thumb. That injury has ruled him out of competition until the next round at the Hungaroring at the end of July.
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On this day in motorsport
- 50 years ago today Jackie Stewart won the French Grand Prix, in the race’s first visit to the new Paul Ricard circuit. He led all 55 laps to head a Tyrrell a one-two with Francois Cevert.