What did Valtteri Bottas, Pastor Maldonado, Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson have in common during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend?
They were the only drivers to string together a lap in qualifying that was the sum of their best individual times in each of the three sectors of the Red Bull Ring.
The one ultimate goal of any driver in qualifying is to string together their best possible lap. Even if they are struggling, a driver still has to do their own personal optimum.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.