Valtteri Bottas secured a psychological victory by claiming pole position for tomorrow first F1 race of the 2020 season in Austria. The Mercedes driver made a mistake in his second run but his first run in Q3 was still quick enough to hold off his 6 time World Champion teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Max Vertsappen in his Red Bull Racing car will start in 3rd tomorrow but strategically will start the race on the medium compound tyres whereas all the other top 10 drivers will be on the soft compound tyres.
Lando Norris was sensational for McLaren improving in the last few seconds of the session to cement 4th in the grid ahead of Alex Albon in the 2nd Red Bull.
In 6th is the first of the Racing Point cars of Sergio Perez. They have looked impressive this weekend so far and those behind might find it very difficult to overtake the pink Mercedes. Stroll will start in 9th and he should have been better but he will be pleased to be in Q3 at the first race of the year.
A woeful day for Ferrari and their customer teams as well. Charles Leclerc only managed 7th on the grid a full second off the pace. Daniel Ricciardo will start 10th
Sebastien Vettel in his last season with Ferrari didn't make the Top 10 and will start 11th. Every car and driver improved their times compared to their 2019 times except strangely Max Vertsappen and then every Ferrari engined car. The below graphics explains it.
We have 2 races here is Austria and tomorrow should be epic. If Max can hold into 3rd off the line he will have a mighty chance to compete for a victory because of his strategy but the battle between Bottas and Hamilton should be mouth watering.