F1: Hamilton, Mercedes fastest on Friday in Austria

Photo: Getty Images
0 Comments

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes topped both of Friday’s practices for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, with teammate Valtteri Bottas ending up second in both as well, making it a Mercedes 1-2 in each of Friday’s sessions.

Hamilton bettered his quick FP1 time of 1:04.839 with a 1:04.579 in FP2. Bottas similarly improved, going from a 1:04.966 in FP1 to a 1:04.755 in FP2.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third quickest in FP2, followed by the Red Bull Racing duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the sister Ferrari, following Haas F1 teammates Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen in seventh and eighth.

Pierre Gasly was ninth for Toro Rosso, overcoming suspension damage sustained after bounding over the curbing too hard – the incident subsequently sent him into a gravel trap. However, he returned to the track after repairs were made.

Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the top 10 for McLaren in a solid Friday outing for a team that struggled mightily for pace in last week’s French Grand Prix.

Results from FP2 can be found here. Qualifying rolls off Saturday morning at 8:55 a.m. ET.

Follow@KyleMLavigne