Ft 2: Albon is in trouble
Next accident: Albon stopped in Sainz Road. The hosts will look at this again after the session. Meanwhile, the pilots deflated the soft tires and Verstappen lowered the best time to 1:20.006.
This is a little slower than it was in FT1. Let’s see how fast it will be. Now it’s kind of a ‘happy hour’ because at the end of the session the teams will be focusing on long distances.
Oops! Having calmed down on what’s going on on the track so far, Bottas now parks his Alfa Romeo. It says on the radio that something has broken. Not good. The virtual safety car is coming.
Bottas only completed three laps and that should be the end of his day. After all, park the car next to the emergency exit, so we don’t need a red flag.
FT2: Business as usual
The FT2 – like the FT1 – runs without major accidents. Norris went off the track for a while, but that was it. Exciting: Norris has an upgrade on the car, but Ricciardo doesn’t. McLaren leads a comparison test.
Verstappen is in the lead with 1:20.932, torn on the media. We haven’t seen the soft tires yet.
We want to pass this on quickly: the Spaniard received a warning to stop Hamilton in FT1. His first game of the season, so no problem. Here is the justification in full:
Stewards reviewed video evidence and determined that the driver of Car 14 was driving slowly on the race line between Turn 12 and Turn 13 and Car 44 was unnecessarily handicapped, requiring Car 44 to take avoidance action. In line with the drivers’ request to Stewards to impose a handicap during P1 and P2 this season , Stewards issues a (Driving) reprimand.”
There is also a warning for Vips, who stopped Russell. Logically speaking, this was also his first of the year, having been in the car for the first time this season. Here is the justification in full:
“The team manager indicated that the team had given the driver wrong information due to a problem with the software. The driver was thus following the team’s advice, but he was certainly driving slowly on the race line and forced the 63 to take evasive action and thus unnecessarily hindered.”
Here is an overview of all penalty points and warnings this season!
FT2: Open Session Indicator Now!
Only a few minutes until the second training session, which is the time for you again to open the tape of our session with Norman Fisher at the same time. Only there you get the full coverage of the FT2. Here we limit ourselves to the most important information, images and sounds.
FT2: Change again
A little note for FT2 right away: All 20 regular drivers will be back in the cars there. Only Friday drivers were used in FT1 and so they really did their homework.
So it shouldn’t surprise us when Perez and Albon Ozo are driving straight on the track and rounding hard. Because of course they have to make up for lost time from FT1.
By the way, it has become even hotter: the air temperature is now about 31 degrees, the asphalt is warm at 45 degrees.
Crack: This concept has been working on since 2021
The second practice starts in less than 20 minutes and we’ll get back to you here in the tape – of course with today’s topic. In the case of “Sky,” Aston Martin boss Crack reiterated that the concept had been in the works for the past year.
“Our structure is designed to be relatively flexible,” he asserts. So someone tried “different software”. That was long before the other cars were shown in February. He understands skepticism – but this is unfounded.
Aston Martin denies copying Red Bull’s allegations
Did Aston Martin copy Red Bull cars? Team leader Mike Crack denies the allegations.
Ferrari’s double lead: Red Bull not interested
Incidentally, Helmut Marko is satisfied in purely sporting terms – despite Ferrari’s double lead in FT1. “Ferrari has given a big update,” he recalls on “Sky,” explaining that it’s “satisfying” to be so close to the Reds.
“I suppose the usual duel between Ferrari and Red Bull will be back,” says Marko, who sees Red Bull “within a tenth” of the Scuderia. So it should be another exciting weekend.
And about the last place of dignitaries, he said: “[Er] He had certain tasks to perform. It’s not time yet. He did it perfectly. Time is not representative. […] In general, we are pleased with what he has shown. ”
ADAC GT Masters this weekend in Spielberg
ADAC GT Masters sets the perfect mood for racing in Barcelona this weekend. The German GT Championship takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. The start is always at 1:00 pm so that the races do not overlap with Formula 1.
The races will be broadcast live on free TV on Nitro. You can find out how your first training session was in Austria today here!
© ADAC Motorsport
At the same time, Red Bull also published an official statement on the matter, stating that they had taken note of the FIA ruling “with interest”. Between the lines, it is quite clear that one is not satisfied yet.
This is the short statement in its entirety:
“Oracle Red Bull Racing has noted the FIA’s statement with interest. While imitation is the greatest form of flattery, it is clear that any iteration of the design needs to comply with the FIA’s rules on ‘reverse engineering’. However, transmission must be made. Intellectual property is clearly a breach of regulations and would be a matter of grave concern.”
Aston Martin: Red Bull still has doubts
According to the FIA, everything is accepted with the right things. But Red Bull has doubts about the legality of the AMR22. “Now you have to explain how this wonderful version came about,” Helmut Marko demands on “Sky”.
He knows that “copying is not forbidden.” “But you also have to take into account that seven people stole from us and that our chief aerodynamics expert was drawn to Aston Martin for a disproportionately high wage,” he recalls.
He declares, “There are still some facts that we are investigating. We will investigate in detail,” explaining, “It’s not just Dan Fallows. There is evidence that the data was downloaded.”
Anyway, Marko suspects Aston Martin copied Red Bull without data. His question: Can you copy without documents and then have this detailed copy of our car?
Even things are far from over!
Crack downloads updates
Aston Martin’s team boss plays down the update on the ‘Sky’. You bring new parts to the car all the time. This upgrade is now clearly recognizable, but the bottom line is that it’s just “another step” in development.
It also confirms once again that the concept of modernization has been in the drawer for a long time.
At the Red Bull pit wall, all the staff had a Red Bull green in FT1. Coincidence or a deliberate reference to Aston Martin? Either way very funny!
FT1: Closing time!
This concludes the first session of the day. There were no further improvements up front, so the best time goes to Leclerc ahead of Sainz, Verstappen and Russell.
Meanwhile, trouble threatens Vips, who stop Russell at a scene. There is also an investigation underway. Within two hours we continue FT2. Here is an overview:
FT1: Alonso is in trouble
It is said that the Spaniard stopped Hamilton. This will be checked after the session. So Alonso could bring trouble with the hosts again. I’m tired of that…
In the meantime, the last few minutes are already up and running. Is there another attack on the best time?
Williams isn’t just in FT1 with FloViz color. For the teams, it’s all about checking that the new parts resonated as expected. Meanwhile, Leclerc had the best time down to 1:19.828.
Ferrari is twice ahead of Verstappen at the moment. And behind them are Russell, Alonso and Hamilton. Mercedes can’t keep up with the top three at the moment. But let’s wait and see.
As a reminder, Russell set the fastest time in Miami on Friday, but he was in no-man’s-land on Saturday. Maybe this time the other way around…