F1 Styrian GP Live commentary and updates - FP1 & FP2

Live updates from Friday practice for the Styrian GP at the Red Bull Ring.

F1 Styrian GP Live commentary and updates - FP1 & FP2

By: Megan White, Stephen Lickorish

Summary

Summary
  • Verstappen fastest in F1 Styrian GP FP2 having also gone quickest in opening session
  • Ricciardo and Ocon complete the top three, with Hamilton fourth
  • Bottas finishes P12, and is under investigation after spinning in the pitlane
  • FP3 begins at 1100 BST on Saturday
Leaderboard
1. Verstappen, Red Bull
2. Ricciardo, McLaren
3. Ocon, Alpine
4. Hamilton, Mercedes
5. Alonso, Alpine
6. Vettel, Aston Martin
7. Norris, McLaren
8. Stroll, Aston Martin
9. Perez, Red Bull
10. Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
Status: Stopped
That's all from us today - we'll see you tomorrow for FP3 and qualifying!
Verstappen, Ricciardo and Ocon are the top three - with Hamilton ahead of Alonso in fourth and fifth.
And that's it for Friday practice!
 
Just a couple of minutes remain.
We've got AWS's quali predictions on-screen - Hamilton and Verstappen at the top as it stands, Bottas well down the order. Maybe it's predicting another pitlane faux-pas...
"Yeah Michael, that's absolutely ridiculous - he could have taken out our guys" - McLaren's team manager Paul James reports Bottas' spin to FIA race director Michael Masi.
The McLaren crew helped Bottas get facing the right way - how kind! A bit of a brown-trouser moment for the Finnish driver.
Oh dear, oh dear - Bottas had a spin in the pitlane. "How's the tyre warm-up," he says - race engineer Riccardo Musconi quips "not that good, as it turns out".
Alonso's had a pair of laptimes deleted for track limits infringements at Turn 10.
A pitlane incident involving Bottas has just flashed up on the timing screens - and will be investigated post session.
Russell's hard-tyre pace has picked up now, running in the 1m09s as some of the soft runners have dropped into the 1m10s.
Keeping an eye on race runs - and it's not taken too long for the softs to drop into the same pace range as fresh mediums. Leclerc's pace on the hard compound looks solid too.
 
We've gone through the first half-hour, and may be due to enter the race-run phase of the session.
It's a 1m05.412s for Verstappen, as Ricciardo goes to P2.
Hamilton then had that laptime deleted, getting track limits-ed, and that allows Verstappen to move to the top of the timesheets now.
Hamilton sets a 1m05.335s to go fastest once more, about 0.4s faster than Ocon's lap.
Ah, there we go - fill out your bingo cards, Mazepin's had a spin.
Latifi's had a spin on track, it seems, but the Williams driver has kept it going down at Turn 7...
Norris also wedged himself between the two Astons, as Alonso now moves up to third on the timing board.
It's all changing on the soft rubber - Hamilton briefly went quickest, but Ocon then posted a 1m05.790s to go top.
But Vettel now gets into the 1m05s, and duly usurps his team-mate at the top of the times!
That's Stroll going to the top of the times, logging a 1m06.079s on the softs!
The #9 car is currently at the bottom of the timesheets, 0.9s off team-mate Schumacher's time. No call for Maz Haas-Styria just yet, it seems...
"No immediate danger with the weather at the moment," Verstappen is told.
Perez moved up to P3 with his latest lap, but that's nudged down to fourth as Bottas goes second on a set of softs.
Here's Bottas now, going faster in sector 1...
Verstappen's back on top, with a 1m06.192s to nudge ahead of Hamilton's lap.
Sainz has had an off-track excursion at turn 4, he had a spin on the gravel but kept going. Much less run-off compared to last weekend's Caesar's Pal...er, Paul Ricard race.
Lots of offs at Turn 3, as drivers contend with the limits of their cars - and potentially a little drizzle falling.
And Verstappen returns to the top of the timing boards with a 1m06.643s, but only for a second as Hamilton logs a 1m06.358s.
Alonso's Verstappen-beating lap was on a softer grade of tyres, but Alpine looking good in the Styrian hills with that.
Perez reports that it's raining, but not heavy enough to make an impact on the session so far.
Alonso now does a 1m06.651s to beat Verstappen's best.
The clouds do look ominous from the south side of the circuit - Sainz reports some rain falling.
Verstappen logs a 1m06.722s on the hard tyre, going top.
Hamilton's out there now - Bottas is presumably just finishing off his bowl of Ready Brek before hitting the circuit.
Raikkonen kicks us off with a 1m09.363s, but that's immediately beaten by Alonso, Sainz, Ocon and Schumacher.