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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