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Hamilton sets practice pace as Bottas, Verstappen crash

Tom Howard

Saturday 29th June, 2019 - 12:45am

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Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the day pic: Mercedes F1 Twitter

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in Friday practice for the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix while Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen both suffered crashes. 

Championship leader Hamilton topped the opening 90 minute session at the Red Bull Ring as the Mercedes driver clocked a 1:04.838s effort, which would stand as the day’s benchmark.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel had set the pace before the soft tyre shod Hamilton pipped the German by 0.144s.

Bottas ended the session third ahead of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) as the top four were covered by 0.303s.

Leclerc would go on to improve his time to top a truncated Practice 2 which was red flagged twice due to incidents involving Verstappen and Bottas.

Bottas had set the pace early, leading Hamilton by a tenth as the pair circulated on medium compound tyres.

Damage to Max Versatppen’s Red Bull after his crash pic: F1 Twitter

However, as the field prepared to undertake qualifying simulation runs on soft tyres, Verstappen found the tyre wall at the final corner, bringing out the red flags after 35 minutes.

The Dutchman lost the rear of his Red Bull before backing into the barriers at speed causing signifaicnt damage to his car. 

Verstappen, who blamed the incident on the windy conditions at the circuit, climbed from the car unscathed and returned to the garage.

It wasn’t long before the red flags appeared again once the action resumed.

While on a qualifying simulation run Bottas, who was up on his team-mate Hamilton, had a moment and ran wide at Turn 6.

As he attempted to wrestle the car back his Mercedes snapped to the right sending the Finn head on into the barriers, damaging the front of his car.

Bottas’ damaged Mercedes Pic; F1 Twitter

The incidents continued after the second restart as Vettel spun at the final corner and stopped just short of the barriers.

His team-mate Leclerc was forced to back off but his time on soft rubber was good enough to move to the top of the times for the session.

Despite crashing out, Bottas ended the hit out in second spot while Verstappen was ninth, although fifth fastest for the day ahead of team-mate Pierre Gasly.

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, who will start Sunday’s race from the rear of the grid after a complete Renault engine change, was seventh overall ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, the pair set their best times in Practice 1.

Qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix will take place today at 2300 AEST.

Results: Austrian Grand Prix Practice 2

Position Num Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:05.086 37
2 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:05.417 +0.331s 12
3 10 Pierre Gasly RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:05.487 +0.401s 33
4 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:05.529 +0.443s 43
5 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 1:05.545 +0.459s 44
6 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:05.701 +0.615s 38
7 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:05.728 +0.642s 37
8 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:05.871 +0.785s 34
9 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:05.879 +0.793s 13
10 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN RENAULT 1:05.952 +0.866s 48
11 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:05.960 +0.874s 41
12 11 Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:05.964 +0.878s 43
13 23 Alexander Albon SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 1:06.064 +0.978s 46
14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:06.119 +1.033s 37
15 26 Daniil Kvyat SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 1:06.148 +1.062s 38
16 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 1:06.249 +1.163s 27
17 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT 1:06.418 +1.332s 30
18 18 Lance Stroll RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:06.829 +1.743s 40
19 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:07.217 +2.131s 27
20 88 Robert Kubica WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:08.508 +3.422s 38
Position Num Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:04.838 34
2 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:04.982 +0.144s 23
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:04.999 +0.161s 37
4 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:05.141 +0.303s 26
5 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:05.260 +0.422s 30
6 10 Pierre Gasly RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:05.378 +0.540s 30
7 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 1:05.502 +0.664s 34
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT 1:05.846 +1.008s 27
9 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:05.876 +1.038s 27
10 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN RENAULT 1:06.125 +1.287s 27
11 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:06.135 +1.297s 20
12 26 Daniil Kvyat SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 1:06.272 +1.434s 29
13 23 Alexander Albon SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 1:06.285 +1.447s 32
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 1:06.383 +1.545s 30
15 11 Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:06.457 +1.619s 36
16 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:06.708 +1.870s 30
17 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:06.729 +1.891s 23
18 18 Lance Stroll RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:06.756 +1.918s 29
19 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:06.805 +1.967s 28
20 88 Robert Kubica WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:07.665 +2.827s 28

 

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