It was a mixed day in the office for Scuderia Ferrari at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Austria. In all honesty, the Scuderia looked competitive all weekend and so did Charles LeClerc. Then, when qualifying came around, the Monegasque driver proved that his pace was not a fluke.
To the utter delight of the Ferrari team, Charles LeClerc smashed the lap record to take pole ahead of Lewis Hamilton. To make matters even sweeter, Hamilton will be starting the race from 5th after a penalty for impeding.
Sadly, it was not a similar story for the other Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. The German driver was forced to watch from the garage as an issue with air pressure hampered his chances. So, the 4-time World Champion will be starting the race from 10th on the grid.
Meanwhile, Charles LeClerc will not have an easy time as he has Max Verstappen alongside him and Valtteri Bottas behind him. There is also the possibility of Lewis Hamilton charging up the order, along with Vettel.
However, Charles LeClerc will be eager to finally get onto the top step of the podium after nearly 9 races. So far, the young Ferrari driver has been on the podium twice, and will be itching to go that one step further.
Now, the real question is, is this a sign of things to come, in terms of Ferrari being back? So far, Mercedes have clinched victory in every race this season, even on technicalities in Canada. However, with Lewis Hamilton starting from 5th, this will be Ferrari’s best chance of breaking the stranglehold.