Hamilton over Verstappen in 1st Austria GP practice

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

In the waning moments Max Verstappen in the Red Bull spoiled what would have otherwise been another Mercedes 1-2 in opening practice for the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.

Lewis Hamilton turned the fastest lap at 1m05.975s in his Aldo Costa designed Mercedes to nip Verstappen who managed to move past Valtteri Bottas and into second. 0.19s down on Hamilton, 0.18s up on the Finn.

There was just a half a second to choose between the top four (Sebastian Vettel fourth for Ferrari) – and just 2s between Hamilton in 1st and Lance Stroll in 15th.

Special mention for Stoffel Vandoorne and McLaren meanwhile. The team had both cars in the top 10 – and Vandoorne led the way, spending time inside the top five before eventually being bumped down.

Even so he ended the session as best of the rest – 1.3s down on Hamilton, and 0.2s up on teammate Fernando Alonso in ninth.

Results

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:05.975 +0.000s 38
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Renault 1:06.165 +0.190s 23
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:06.345 +0.370s 35
4 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:06.424 +0.449s 28
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 1:06.620 +0.645s 32
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:06.848 +0.873s 24
7 2 Stoffel Vandoorne Mclaren Honda 1:07.283 +1.308s 31
8 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:07.437 +1.462s 31
9 14 Fernando Alonso Mclaren Honda 1:07.510 +1.535s 28
10 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:07.511 +1.536s 39
11 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:07.550 +1.575s 29
12 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:07.594 +1.619s 30
13 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:07.633 +1.658s 32
14 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:07.649 +1.674s 31
15 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:08.041 +2.066s 35
16 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:08.074 +2.099s 20
17 46 Sergey Sirotkin Renault 1:08.586 +2.611s 27
18 34 Alfonso Celis Force India Mercedes 1:09.280 +3.305s 15
19 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:09.323 +3.348s 29
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:10.853 +4.878s 12

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