Vettel’s Ferrari sets pace in FP2 in Austria

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel set the pace on Friday’s FP2 and while he later stopped with a gearbox issue, it is an interesting performance heading in to this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Is there a case to be made about the short length of the Spielberg Circuit and potential for Vettel to challenge Mercedes? Could strategy and a short track play into the hands of Ferrari or even Williams?

Rosberg and the Mercedes team are wary of Ferrari’s pace and the Italian team made a power unit upgrade two weeks ago that, for reasons not entirely in their control, didn’t get a chance to show its true pace.

1Sebastian VettelFerrari1m09.600s28
2Nico RosbergMercedes1m09.611s0.011s50
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m09.860s0.260s41
4Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Mercedes1m09.914s0.314s44
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m10.137s0.537s49
6Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m10.160s0.560s49
7Romain GrosjeanLotus/Mercedes1m10.267s0.667s38
8Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Renault1m10.356s0.756s48
9Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m10.495s0.895s39
10Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m10.585s0.985s46
11Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault1m10.631s1.031s50
12Daniil KvyatRed Bull/Renault1m10.686s1.086s48
13Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m10.744s1.144s40
14Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m10.746s1.146s34
15Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m11.011s1.411s42
16Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m11.517s1.917s17
17Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m11.676s2.076s38
18Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m11.919s2.319s17
19Will StevensMarussia/Ferrari1m12.522s2.922s34
20Roberto MerhiMarussia/Ferrari1m13.094s3.494s34
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Brilliant! Ferrari have broken the Mercedes stranglehold on F1, at last.
What? Its only FP2? Damn!