Photo: Mercedes F1 team
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time during the second practice session for the Austrian GP. Mercedes drove a strong practice session as Valtteri Bottas placed his car in second place, ahead of Max Verstappen who was fastest in the first practice session.
Despite the fact that the Red Bull Ring is being used for the second race weekend in a row, we also got a lot of action on the track during the practice sessions on Friday. During the second practice session it was immediately very busy and at times it was even a matter of looking for ‘position’ to be able to drive a good round.
There was already a bit more going on and just like during the first practice session we saw several drivers make mistakes when looking for the limits of the track and the car.
Valtteri Bottas did just fine in his Mercedes but Charles Leclerc went wide in the last corner. Fortunately for the Monegask, a very wide run-off strip is provided there.
With about ten minutes left on the clock it was Lewis Hamilton who had the fastest time to his name. The seven-time world champion is under pressure after Max Verstappen’s performance in recent races and he also ended up in the gravel.
At the end of the session it started to rain on the Red Bull Ring, which meant that no lap times were improved and Lewis Hamilton remained the fastest, ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen.
01 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:04.523 31
02 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 04.712 34
03 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:04.740 35
04 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:05.139 33
05 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:05.268 37
06 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 05.356 37
07 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:05.379 38
08 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:05.393 34
09 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 05.466 34
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Rome 1: 05.511 32
11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 05.516 39
12 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:05.527 36
13 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 05.620 37
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 05.624 33
15 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1: 05.698 32
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 05.708 33
17 George Russell Williams 1:05.819 36
18 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:05.911 35
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:06.014 38
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:06.173 35
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