GP Austria, prove libere venerdì–07/07/2017
Austrian Grand Prix F1 practice: Lewis Hamilton fastest on Friday
Lewis Hamilton continued his record-setting pace to lead the way in second free practice for Formula 1’s Austrian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver repeated his FP1-topping form on Friday afternoon with a 1m05.483s that put him 0.147s clear of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari.
Hamilton’s best was half a second quicker than he went in the morning, when he had posted the fastest lap in the 2.68-mile circuit’s history.
Vettel prevented a Mercedes one-two by edging Valtteri Bottas by less than a tenth, although the Finn’s best effort before switching to long runs was hurt by a mistake in the final sector.
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen kicked off the running with a 1m07.891s, but that was quickly beaten by a tenth by the soft-shod Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.
Bottas used super-softs to lower the benchmark to a 1m06.690s, then became the first driver to dip below Hamilton’s FP1 best with a 1m05.869s.
He and Hamilton traded fastest laps before Hamilton and Vettel both failed to convert session-best individual sectors into an overall improvement while trying to match Bottas’s new best of 1m05.700s.
After pitting for ultra-soft tyres Bottas then set the fastest first and second sectors of the session but ran wide at Turn 9 and only managed to improve by 0.001s.
Bottas was lucky to avoid the barriers after sliding through the gravel trap on the exit of Turn 6 and spinning, and Vettel removed him from top spot immediately after with an ultra-soft lap of 1m05.630s.
A couple of minutes later Hamilton capped the flurry of ultra-soft efforts at the end of the opening half an hour with a 1m05.483s that remained unbeaten as drivers switched to race preparation.
Both the Red Bulls outpaced Raikkonen, Max Verstappen beating Daniel Ricciardo to fourth despite missing most of the opening half an hour with a brake problem.
Magnussen jumped to seventh just before the halfway mark, while Fernando Alonso also switched to ultra-softs later than most to claim eighth – though he had a trip through the Turn 6 gravel that caused him to spin in the final 10 minutes.
Nico Hulkenberg returned to the seat of his Renault for FP2 and went ninth-fastest, but team-mate Jolyon Palmer completed just seven laps and spent most of the session in the pitlane as the team worked on his RS17.
Toro Rosso drivers Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat also had their session end prematurely, Sainz after damaging the car running wide at Turn 9 and Kvyat with a brake problem.
Sauber was detached at the foot of the times, Pascal Wehrlein beating a frustrated Marcus Ericsson, who had a spin at Turn 1, a trip through the gravel at the downhill Turn 4 and went off at Turn 9 as well.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m05.832s||0.349s||33|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m05.873s||0.390s||27|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m06.849s||1.366s||50|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m06.906s||1.423s||34|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m07.100s||1.617s||24|
|17||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m07.509s||2.026s||41|
Lewis Hamilton leads Austrian Grand Prix practice with record lap
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest-ever lap around the Red Bull Ring to top opening practice for the Austrian Grand Prix.
The three-time F1 world champion used soft tyres, the hardest of the three compounds available this weekend, to clock a 1m05.975s.
That was just over two tenths faster than the circuit’s previous fastest lap, which Hamilton set in the second part of qualifying last year.
It also put him three tenths clear of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who used super-soft tyres to leapfrog Valtteri Bottas late on and deny Mercedes a one-two.
Verstappen had set the session’s first benchmark, a 1m08.429s, and that early effort on softs kept him on top until the Mercedes drivers emerged on ultra-softs 25 minutes into the session.
Bottas won that initial civil war on a 1m06.845s, before Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel joined the fight on the half-hour mark.
Vettel recovered from a spin after hitting the inside kerb at Turn 1 to edge Bottas with a 1m06.826s, but moments later Hamilton lapped three tenths quicker than his Baku aggressor on a 1m06.526s.
After a mid-session lull Bottas bolted on super-soft tyres to jump to first on a 1m06.345s, before Hamilton set a series of fast laps on soft tyres.
He claimed top spot from Bottas with a 1m06.329s then improved again to his session-best 1m05.975s.
Verstappen improved twice in the final 10 minutes to jump to third and then second, ahead of Bottas, and had posted the fastest first sector of the session before a spin at the tight Turn 3 at the top of the hill in the final minute.
He had also clipped the wall on the outside of the Turn 6 gravel trap half an hour into the session after a sideways moment, causing light damage to his right-rear wheel.
Bottas suffered a late spin and wound up third fastest, 0.370s slower than Hamilton after failing to improve on his super-soft lap, with Vettel a further tenth back in fourth.
Daniel Ricciardo failed to match Verstappen’s pace and was 0.6s behind Hamilton in sixth, just ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who also spun at Turn 1, and Stoffel Vandoorne, who used ultra-soft tyres to star in his McLaren.
Force India reserve driver Alfonso Celis Jr substituted for Sergio Perez to take part in his first practice session of the season.
Celis was 1.7s slower than team-mate Esteban Ocon and wound up 18th fastest, ahead of the two Saubers.
Sergey Sirotkin also replaced a 2017 regular, driving Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault for his third appearance of the year.
The Russian reserve was 17th quickest, 0.9s slower than Jolyon Palmer in the sister RS17.
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m06.165s||0.190s||23|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m06.620s||0.645s||32|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m07.437s||1.462s||31|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m07.511s||1.536s||39|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m07.633s||1.658s||32|
|18||Alfonso Celis||Force India/Mercedes||1m09.280s||3.305s||15|