Foto: Red Bull Racing
During the last practice session before the Austrian GP, Max Verstappen set the fastest time on the Red Bull Ring. The Dutchman kept both Mercedes drivers behind him by half a second, thus increasing the pressure on Lewis Hamilton again.
On Friday, it was Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton who each managed to finish a practice session as fastest. The two world title rivals were given a third and final practice session to best prepare for qualifying and the race.
With Sebastian Vettel there was a birthday boy walking around in the F1 paddock, but there was also a reason to celebrate at Mercedes. Seven-time F1 champion extended his contract until the end of 2023.
The drivers once again pushed the limits of the car and the track during this final practice session. F1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda made a spin but luckily managed not to seriously damage his F1 car.
Also at Ferrari, both drivers went full throttle: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz went far too wide but were able to continue their way.
In the end it was Max Verstappen who managed to set the fastest time and with that, just like last weekend, he is the favorite to conquer pole position on the Red Bull Ring. Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton placed Mercedes in second and third, but were again forced to chase.
01 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:04.591 15
02 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 05.129 22
03 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:05.277 20
04 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:05.280 27
05 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 05.345 27
06 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 05.347 29
07 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 05.396 20
08 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:05.434 23
09 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 05.484 35
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:05.542 22
11 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:05.546 19
12 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 05.561 23
13 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:05.674 22
14 George Russell Williams 1:05.694 23
15 Lando Norris McLare 1: 05.700 23
16 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1: 05.725 21
17 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 05.747 31
18 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:06.078 26
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:06.105 17
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:06.289 28
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