Hamilton dominates Austrian GP practice

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton proved the man to beat in Friday practice after topping both sessions ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

The reigning world champion dominated the two 90 minute outings as he went on to post a 1:04.579s benchmark on soft compound tyres.

Hamilton conducted runs on the ultrasoft rubber but was unable to better his personal best set on the harder tyres.

It proved to be a strong display from Mercedes as it debuted a heavily updated aero package on its cars.

The Silver Arrows completed a one-two in Practice 1 and 2 with Valtteri Bottas 0.176s adrift of Hamilton in the day’s final hit out.

Sebastian Vettel was third fastest as the Ferrari driver lapped within three tenths of the pacesetting Mercedes duo.

The four-time world champion was 0.2s faster than the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, who pipped his team-mate Max Verstappen to fourth.

Kimi Raikkonen guided the sister Ferrari to sixth position ahead of the Haas F1 pair of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.

It proved to be an eventful session for Magnussen as he escaped two off track excursions at Turn 4 and Turn 9, before being told to stop the car in pitlane after being released with a loose front right wheel.

Pierre Gasly ended up ninth despite being forced to sit out the majority of Practice 2 after suffering suspension damage caused by running over the harsh kerbs on the exit of Turn 9.

The Toro Rosso driver caused a brief stoppage while his stricken car was retrieved from the gravel trap.

The top 10 was rounded out by McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne as he bounced back from a front wing failure in the opening session.

His team-mate Fernando Alonso endured a difficult day as a damaged floor restricted his running, before ending up 19th in the session behind Kiwi Brendon Hartley in 17th spot.

The field will return for Practice 3 on Saturday at 2000 AEST before qualifying takes place at 2300 AEST.

Result: Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m04.839s 39
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m04.966s 0.127s 39
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m05.072s 0.233s 42
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m05.180s 0.341s 29
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m05.483s 0.644s 22
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m05.776s 0.937s 31
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m06.028s 1.189s 31
8 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m06.055s 1.216s 40
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m06.215s 1.376s 31
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m06.394s 1.555s 36
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m06.400s 1.561s 32
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m06.404s 1.565s 23
13 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m06.427s 1.588s 29
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m06.455s 1.616s 42
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m06.479s 1.640s 35
16 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m06.567s 1.728s 32
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m06.612s 1.773s 30
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m06.698s 1.859s 30
19 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m06.871s 2.032s 45
20 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m07.424s 2.585s 38

Result: Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix Practice 2

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m04.579s 37
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m04.755s 0.176s 42
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m04.815s 0.236s 53
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m05.031s 0.452s 48
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m05.125s 0.546s 48
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m05.265s 0.686s 42
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m05.429s 0.850s 38
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m05.559s 0.980s 41
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m05.758s 1.179s 31
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m05.930s 1.351s 47
11 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m05.999s 1.420s 38
12 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m06.096s 1.517s 30
13 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m06.133s 1.554s 43
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m06.199s 1.620s 29
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m06.273s 1.694s 42
16 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m06.326s 1.747s 49
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m06.332s 1.753s 55
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m06.354s 1.775s 48
19 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m06.429s 1.850s 33
20 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m06.626s 2.047s 44

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