The factors that could make Austria the antidote to F1 woes

The factors that could make Austria the antidote to F1 woes

Ferrari topped Friday practice in Austria, although the order was muddied by a couple of hefty shunts. The Red Bull Ring's grass and gravel traps make it a sterner test than Paul Ricard, but the reason so many came a cropper was a little more complex than that

Coming a few days after the open-plan madness of Paul Ricard, a track delineated virtually by white, blue and red paint, it was refreshing to see Formula 1 cars back on a circuit with what might be termed 'natural' track limits.

Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen, who both crashed during FP2, might disagree with that after heavy impacts, as might Sebastian Vettel - who spun and just kept the rear end of his Ferrari out of the barrier after losing it on turn-in to the final corner. Amazingly, the Red Bull Ring has now claimed more victims in three hours of practice running than the close walls of Monaco managed over a whole race weekend.

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