What comes around, goes around. Just as Nico Rosberg’s off at Mirabeau in the final stages of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix denied Lewis Hamilton a shot at pole position, Hamilton’s spin in Austria today meant that his German teammate had to settle for third place on the grid.
Both of the Mercedes drivers made mistakes during their first runs in Q3, leaving Rosberg in second place behind Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton without a time. The team opted to wait before sending its drivers back out again, giving them just one lap at the very end of qualifying to try and secure pole.
However, it was not to be. Hamilton spun while on his hot lap, ending his hopes of a fifth pole in 2014. Ironically, this stopped Rosberg from scoring pole in Austria, with the yellow flags brought out for the incident causing the German driver to slow his car down.
Meanwhile, further down the track, Felipe Massa sprang a surprise on the field by securing his first pole position since the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix. With Bottas in second place, it also marks Williams’ first front row lock-out in over ten years.
Although Hamilton’s mistake did hinder Rosberg’s chances, the German driver is still the better placed Mercedes driver on the grid for the race. After failing to set a time, Hamilton will start the Austrian Grand Prix from ninth place. It will be his first start from outside the top two positions this season.
MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.
Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.
“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”
The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.
Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.
Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.
Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.
The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.