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F1 Styrian GP Live commentary and updates - FP1 & FP2
Live updates from Friday practice for the Styrian GP at the Red Bull Ring.
By: Megan White, Stephen Lickorish
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
And here's the report from FP2: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/styrian-gp-verstappen-leads-fp2-after-hamilton-loses-best-lap-to-track-limits/6607251/
Verstappen, Ricciardo and Ocon are the top three - with Hamilton ahead of Alonso in fourth and fifth.
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".
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.
Hamilton then had that laptime deleted, getting track limits-ed, and that allows Verstappen to move to the top of the timesheets now.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.