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Max Verstappen fastest in Austria for a surprisingly strong Ferrari

Max Verstappen
Foto: Red Bull Racing

Max Verstappen confirmed his good form during the first practice session for the Austrian GP. After all, the Dutchman drove the fastest time and continues to put pressure on Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari performed remarkably strong with a second and third time.

For the second race weekend in a row, the Red Bull Ring will be driven. Last weekend the GP officially took place as GP of Styria, this weekend the GP of Austria will take place. Max Verstappen undoubtedly hopes to be able to win the race, just like last weekend.

Just like last weekend, there will also be an audience in the stands this weekend. This weekend, however, more spectators will be admitted than a week ago.

Despite last weekend’s experience, the Red Bull Ring remains a treacherous circuit where the slightest mistake is penalized, as Lance Stroll found out early in the session.

On the very short track it’s not just a matter of not making a mistake, other riders can also cause problems. Nikita Mazepin drove very slowly and Kimi Raikkonen only just managed to avoid the Russian Haas driver.

It was clearly not Lance Stroll’s day, as the Canadian made another mistake in his Aston Martin about halfway through the session.

Nikita Mazepin also continued to cause problems as seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton also had to avoid the Russian later in the session.

In the end it was Max Verstappen who set the fastest time, followed by both Ferraris who performed remarkably well. We only find Lewis Hamilton in seventh place.

01 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:05.143 37

02 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 05.409 33

03 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 05.431 33

04 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 05.445 31

05 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 05.474 35

06 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 05.586 28

07 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:05.709 31

08 Sergio Pérez Red Bull Honda 1: 05.726 31

09 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:05.726 36

10 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 05.880 28

11 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:05.980 30

12 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1: 06.181 31

13 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:06.203 30

14 Guanyu Zhou Alpine Renault 1:06.414 29

15 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:06.444 28

16 Callum Ilott Alfa Romeo 1:06.564 23

17 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:06.583 29

18 Roy Nissany Williams 1:06.683 34

19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:06.978 36

20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:07.316 30

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