Hamilton completes Friday practice sweep in Austria FP2


Lewis Hamilton completed a sweep of Friday’s Formula 1 practice sessions in Austria by topping the timesheets in FP2 at the Red Bull Ring, posting the fastest-ever lap of the track in the process.

Hamilton topped FP1 earlier in the day for Mercedes before finding yet more time in the afternoon session, edging out F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel at the head of the field.

A fastest lap of 1:05.483 gave Hamilton P1 by 0.147 seconds in FP2, but the Briton had a number of complaints with his car throughout the session.

A spark plug change cost Hamilton some time on-track midway through the running before he reported a front wing issue late on, forcing Mercedes to pit the three-time world champion and investigate the issue.

Nevertheless, Hamilton was able to retain P1 at the end of the day ahead of Ferrari’s Vettel, with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas slotting into third place despite a spin on his qualifying simulation.

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo took P4 and P5 respectively for Red Bull, with all of the top five drivers being covered by less than four-tenths of a second. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen lagged behind in P6, 0.661 seconds down on Hamilton’s lap.

Kevin Magnussen led Haas into the top 10 despite its ongoing brake woes, taking P7, while Fernando Alonso built on McLaren’s impressive FP1 performance to finish the day eighth-fastest. Nico Hulkenberg was ninth for Renault, with Romain Grosjean completing the top 10 in the second Haas.

FP2 will be replayed on NBCSN at 3pm ET on Friday, with the next live on-track action coming with FP3 on Saturday morning on the NBC Sports app from 5am ET.