Grand Prix practice results: Hamilton fastest in Austria F1

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap overall on the opening day of Austrian Grand Prix practice at the Red Bull Ring on Friday, the ninth round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Both Friday practice sessions have each been cut to one hour in 2021, instead of the previous 90 minutes each. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was fastest in FP1 but Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 in FP2.

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Austrian Grand Prix FP1 results: Verstappen fastest from Leclerc

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 37 1'05.143 238.625
2 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 33 1'05.409 0.266 0.266 237.655
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari 33 1'05.431 0.288 0.022 237.575
4 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 31 1'05.445 0.302 0.014 237.524
5 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri 35 1'05.474 0.331 0.029 237.419
6 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 28 1'05.586 0.443 0.112 237.013
7 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 32 1'05.709 0.566 0.123 236.570
8 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 31 1'05.726 0.583 0.017 236.509
9 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 36 1'05.726 0.583 0.000 236.509
10 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 28 1'05.880 0.737 0.154 235.956
11 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 30 1'05.980 0.837 0.100 235.598
12 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 31 1'06.181 1.038 0.201 234.883
13 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 30 1'06.203 1.060 0.022 234.805
14 China Guanyu Zhou
Alpine 29 1'06.414 1.271 0.211 234.059
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 28 1'06.444 1.301 0.030 233.953
16 United Kingdom Callum Ilott
Alfa Romeo 23 1'06.564 1.421 0.120 233.531
17 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas 29 1'06.583 1.440 0.019 233.464
18 Israel Roy Nissany
Williams 34 1'06.683 1.540 0.100 233.114
19 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 36 1'06.978 1.835 0.295 232.088
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
Haas 30 1'07.316 2.173 0.338 230.922

What happened in Free Practice 1?

Verstappen set the early pace at 1m05.558s as the majority of teams ran the prototype tyre compound early on that Pirelli brought to be tested this weekend, which features a stiffer rear sidewall.

Pierre Gasly was second-quickest at the time for AlphaTauri, a quarter of a second in arrears of Verstappen using soft tyres. Having languished at the bottom of the timesheets, after a number of his early laps were deleted for exceeding track limits, Hamilton rose to P3 at the half distance mark – despite coming across traffic at the end of the lap.

Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) was quickest briefly before Verstappen went faster again, setting the best time of the session of 1m05.143s with 26 minutes remaining, a third of a second clear of the rest at the time.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz then went P2, 0.288s off the pace, before his teammate Charles Leclerc pipped him on 1m05.409s, 0.022s faster despite repeatedly locking his right-front wheel throughout the session. On his final run with 10 minutes to go, Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) jumped ahead of Tsunoda go fourth fastest.

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Kimi Raikkonen was an impressive sixth for Alfa Romeo, ahead of Hamilton – both of whom came across Haas’s dawdling Nikita Mazepin during this session. Sergio Perez was eighth in the second Red Bull, ahead of Gasly and Lando Norris (McLaren).

Lance Stroll had a big spin at Turn 7 on the prototype tyres, skating across the grass in his Aston Martin. Then he spun again on the softs at Turn 10 as he attempted to open a lap, ending the session 13th, just ahead of Guanyu Zhou, who took over Fernando Alonso’s Alpine for FP1.

Other extra Friday runners were Callum Ilott (16th for Alfa) and Roy Nissany (18th for Williams).

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Austrian Grand Prix FP2 results: Hamilton fastest from Bottas

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 31 1'04.523 240.918
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 34 1'04.712 0.189 0.189 240.215
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 35 1'04.740 0.217 0.028 240.111
4 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 33 1'05.139 0.616 0.399 238.640
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 37 1'05.268 0.745 0.129 238.168
6 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri 37 1'05.356 0.833 0.088 237.848
7 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 38 1'05.379 0.856 0.023 237.764
8 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 34 1'05.393 0.870 0.014 237.713
9 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 34 1'05.466 0.943 0.073 237.448
10 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 32 1'05.511 0.988 0.045 237.285
11 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 39 1'05.516 0.993 0.005 237.267
12 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 36 1'05.527 1.004 0.011 237.227
13 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari 37 1'05.620 1.097 0.093 236.891
14 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 33 1'05.624 1.101 0.004 236.876
15 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 32 1'05.698 1.175 0.074 236.609
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 33 1'05.708 1.185 0.010 236.573
17 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 36 1'05.819 1.296 0.111 236.174
18 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas 35 1'05.911 1.388 0.092 235.845
19 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 38 1'06.014 1.491 0.103 235.477
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
Haas 35 1'06.173 1.650 0.159 234.911

What happened in Free Practice 2?

In FP2, Verstappen set the initial pace on the test tyres – which we’ll see used in racing action at Silverstone – at 1m05.773s, ahead of Bottas, Tsunoda and Gasly (both using mediums) and Hamilton.

Bottas went fastest on the medium tyres at 1m05.602s, with Hamilton almost matching him moments later. Verstappen then raised the P1 bar to 1m05.239s, also set on mediums.

Alfa Romeo’s Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi impressed on the medium tyres, both running in the top five before the soft-tyre runs began.

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Perez was the first of the frontrunners to use the softs but produced a scrappy lap that was P2 at the time (only 11th by the end of session) and 0.277s down on his teammate. Bottas used the softs to far better effect, lowering the P1 time to 1m04.712s.

Hamilton trumped that with 1m04.523, 0.189s quicker than Bottas, while Verstappen could only manage third with 1m04.740s after running slightly wide at Turn 9, 0.217s off the pace.

Stroll and Aston teammate Sebastian Vettel were fourth and fifth, showing strong pace on the soft tyres in particular, ahead of Tsunoda and Gasly. Alonso was eighth, frustrated to trip over Raikkonen at the end of his qualifying sim, ahead of Norris and Giovinazzi.

Ferrari slumped in this session, with Sainz and Leclerc down in 13th and 16th respectively.

Spots of rain fell in the final 20 minutes for the race simulation runs, which caught out Hamilton at Turn 4 and he took a trip through the gravel.

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