Mercedes have shown their rivals that they aren’t going to be toppled easily after both drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, top the timing boards in both Free Practice sessions.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, secured the overall fastest lap in both practice sessions as he works towards defending his title and equalling Micheal Schumacher’s record.
Racing Point has shown their potential to fight McLaren for the best midfield outfit after Sergio Perez secured the third fastest lap of the session.
Roman Grosjean, Haas, was the first driver out on the track after spending the majority of his time inside the pit garages after he suffered brake issues, in P1. Despite this, he immediately set the first flying lap of the session with a 1:08.351 lap around the Red Bull Ring, with the hard compound tyres.
Racing Point’s Canadian, Lance Stroll, topped the timing board with a lap time of 1:05.469, who was shortly followed by his teammate, Sergio Perez, who was 0.176 seconds slower.
The only rookie of the season and Williams driver, Nicholas Latifi, had an eventful time accustoming to his car after he spun at the turn one and locked up at turn three as he slid to a stop at the top of the hill.
Mercedes, six-world champion, Lewis Hamilton, gained the top spot within half an hour of the second practice session as he secured a lap of 1:05.095 which was 0.439 seconds faster than his teammate Valtteri Bottas.
The pink Mercedes, known as Racing Point, has showed it’s potential as the top midfield outfit as they fought for the top positions in the timing board.
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The Spanish McLaren driver, Carlos Sainz, was forced to pit after he dislodged his front right wing, as he clipped a kerb during his flying lap as we headed towards the final third of P2.
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Max Verstappen lost control of his Red Bull at turn six, which sent him into the gravel towards the wall. However, he was able to regain control and took to the escape road to rejoin the track at turn seven.
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As the session neared its dying minutes, Williams could be hopeful that they have the possibility to get a driver off the back row tomorrow in qualifying. Despite the fact Latifi was sat at the bottom of the timing board, George Russell had gotten himself up to 18th, just edging ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen by 0.153 seconds.
- Lewis Hamilton – 1:04.304
- Valtteri Bottas – 1:04.501 (+0.197)
- Sergio Perez – 1:04.945 (+0.641)