Austrian GP: Hamilton heads another Mercedes 1-2 in second practice

Lewis Hamilton headed a Mercedes one-two on the debut of the car's heavily-upgraded aerodynamic package in Friday's second Formula 1 free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix

Austrian GP: Hamilton heads another Mercedes 1-2 in second practice

Reigning world champion Hamilton hit the front early in the session with a lap of 1m04.579s using the soft-compound Pirelli tyres.

Although he did use the ultrasofts Pirellis later on, Hamilton did not improve but had done more than enough to ensure top spot.

Valtteri Bottas slotted into second place early in the session using supersofts, subsequently improving by 0.012 seconds on ultrasofts to end up 0.176s behind Hamilton.

Later in the session, while on his long run on ultrasofts, Hamilton complained of "massive understeer".

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, finding just over a tenth of a second after switching from softs to ultrasofts and ending up 0.236s off the pace.

That put him ahead of the two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, who were separated by a tenth of a second.

Ricciardo's best time was set on supersofts, while Verstappen found a marginal improvement using ultrasofts.

Kimi Raikkonen was the slowest of the drivers from the big three teams, 0.140s slower than Verstappen.

The Finn struggled to find time on his early ultrasoft laps, which included an off at the Turn 3 hairpin after locking up, but improved later on in his run.

Haas pairing Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were best of the rest, with Grosjean just 0.164s slower than Raikkonen.

Magnussen escaped from a moment at the downhill Turn 4 right hander when he ran wide into the gravel, and ended up just over a tenth slower than his team-mate.

Magnussen later ran wide in Turn 9, losing some small bodywork parts as a result of the rough ride, and an eventful session concluded with him being told to stop the car immediately after being released from the pits with a loose front-right wheel.

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly was ninth fastest despite going off at the final corner after striking the exit sausage kerb in Turn 9 and deranging the front-left wheel.

He came to rest in the gravel, leading to a five-minute red flag while his car was recovered.

"It was a bit strange, after the first run I felt some vibrations on the front-left and the team checked on the car, everything was fine," Gasly told Sky Sports F1.

"Then at Turn 9 I had a bit of understeer, went on the kerb, and the suspension completely broke there.

"I don't really know why, and it's a bit annoying not to be able to complete the session."

McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne completed the top 10, 1.351s off the pace.

Carlos Sainz Jr was 11th fastest for Renault after surviving a big lock-up into Turn 4 that resulted in a trip through the gravel.

He was around a tenth faster than Sauber's Charles Leclerc, with Force India's Esteban Ocon 13th.

Marcus Ericsson was another driver who ran through the gravel at Turn 3 after a small lockup, but ended up 14th ahead of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg.

Sergey Sirotkin, who sat out the morning session to allow reserve driver Robert Kubica to drive, was 16th fastest.

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso had a difficult session, with damage sustained on his first run leading to a floor change.

He ended the session 19th, ahead only of the Williams of Lance Stroll, suffering an off-track wide moment at Turn 10 with 40 minutes remaining.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m04.579s - 37
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m04.755s 0.176s 42
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m04.815s 0.236s 53
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m05.031s 0.452s 48
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m05.125s 0.546s 48
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m05.265s 0.686s 42
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m05.429s 0.850s 38
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m05.559s 0.980s 41
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m05.758s 1.179s 31
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m05.930s 1.351s 47
11 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1m05.999s 1.420s 38
12 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m06.096s 1.517s 30
13 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m06.133s 1.554s 43
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m06.199s 1.620s 29
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m06.273s 1.694s 42
16 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m06.326s 1.747s 49
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m06.332s 1.753s 55
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m06.354s 1.775s 48
19 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m06.429s 1.850s 33
20 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m06.626s 2.047s 44


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