03 July

Austrian Grand Prix

Race Notes:
Valtteri Bottas finished ninth in the Austrian Grand Prix, while Felipe Massa retired
Valtteri ran inside the top 10 for the duration of the race on his two-stop strategy, but was unable to gain positions as he struggled with tyre graining
Felipe started from the pitlane due to a front wing change following structural damage sustained in qualifying
Felipe was also on a two-stop strategy and had climbed into the points before he was force to retire with high brake temperatures on lap 63

Valtteri retains seventh in the Driversí Championship and Felipe drops to ninth behind Perez, while the team stays fourth in the Constructorsí Championship

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: Our race with Felipe was dictated by our first priority, which is safety. We found some structural damage on his front wing, which we believe was caused by vibrations over the kerbs. We changed it for safety reasons which meant he had to start from the pitlane, so his race was never going to be easy. We started him on the option tyre and ran for as long as we could before he had graining. Then we put on the prime and he was looking good. Unfortunately, he picked up a puncture due to a cut in the tyre, so we had to pit and put him back on the option. We subsequently had to retire him because of brake wear when the temperatures rocketed while he was behind Gutierrez, so that was the only safe thing to do. Valtteriís race wasnít as eventful but we were only able to get a couple of points. He struggled with graining, so his pace wasnít where he should be because the way he manages tyres is usually one of the best in the pitlane. Unfortunately, as a group, I donít think weíve understood this asphalt and rubber combination, so thatís the first thing we need to do.

Valtteri Bottas: We definitely expected more points today. The main problem was getting the tyres to work and to last, so that is something we need to understand before Silverstone because the temperatures could be similar to what they were here today. I donít think our car was too bad this weekend, we just really struggled to get the tyres to work. It was a disappointing day, but itís going to be very important to learn from today to move on.

Felipe Massa: The race was going ok for me, I was fighting and gaining positions from the start and I had a very good pace during most of the race. Unfortunately, I had a puncture and had to pit for new tyres. I had been saving the brakes for the whole race, but at the end I was close behind Gutierrez so the temperatures rose even more and I had to stop.

Track Red Bull Ring, Spielberg Weather Warm and dry
Lap Length 4.326 km / 2.688 miles Temperature Air: 15-17įC Track: 26-28įC
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap (Fastest Lap) Grid Pitstops
1. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:27:38.107 (1:08.411) 1 2 (21,54)
2. M. Verstappen Red Bull + 5.719 (1:09.618) 8 1 (15)
3. K. Raikkonen Ferrari + 6.024 (1:08.876) 4 1 (22)
9. V. Bottas WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING + 1 lap (1:10.210) 7 2 (9,51)
DNF F. Massa WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING DNF (1:09.899) Pitlane 2 (12, 56)

posted at 18:42:15 on 07/03/16 by webmaster - Category: races