F1 2020: Austrian Grand Prix – Friday

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Formula One begun their 2020 season in style as Mercedes dominated Friday Practice, whilst several teams jostled for positions as teams begun to understand their 2020 cars in earnest. 

Lewis Hamilton topped both sessions from teammate – Valtteri Bottas, whilst reliability and mistakes plagued several drivers throughout both sessions, as we bring full details of both Friday practice sessions. 


Free Practice One

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McLaren were straight out on track with Carlos Sainz leading Lando Norris out for their installation laps, with several drivers following in a quiet opening ten minutes as drivers immediately returned to the pits to check their cars over and make tweaks.

Norris eventually emerged back out and soon traded fastest laps with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, in which Bottas eventually went fastest with a 1m 07.578.

Haas’ Romain Grosjean shortly afterwards suffered a loss of brake pedal which confined him to the garage with no lap time recorded in this session, although he did managed to get out at the end to check the car over.

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Lewis Hamilton meanwhile was constantly improving as he finished his first run with a best time of a 1m 06.994, just as Racing Point’s Sergio Perez experienced power unit issues as smoke billowed out of the rear through various corners.

Hamilton improved once again to a 1m 06.205 whilst Perez quickly resolved his mechanical issue and went top with a 1m 06.052 on medium tyres ten minutes later. 

Perez soon kept improving and managed a 1m 05.773, which was quickly smashed by Bottas who had switched to soft tyres and posted a 1m 05.486.

It eventually would prove to be a Mercedes one-two finish after Bottas improved to 1m 05.172, which was smashed by Hamilton who topped FP1 with a 1m 04.816 and 0.356s clear of his teammate. 

Max Verstappen finished third ahead of the McLaren duo of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, who had Perez sandwiching them in fifth. 

Alex Albon, Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen and Charles Leclerc rounded out the top ten. 

Free Practice Two

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Grosjean was straight out on track in the afternoon session as he sought to make up for lost track time from FP1 through a brake pedal issue. 

Many drivers ventured out on medium tyres as Racing Point’s Lance Stroll topped the opening 15 minutes with a 1m 05.469, whilst Daniil Kvyat spun at Turn One after running over the sausage kerb on entry. 

Verstappen then went top six minutes later with a 1m 05.379 whilst Hamilton needed two flying laps on his first medium tyre run to eventually go fastest with a 1m 05.095. 

Midway through the session, drivers switched focus on soft tyre one-lap runs as Perez went fastest initially with a 1m 04.945, which was bettered by Bottas immediately afterwards with a 1m 04.501 as Sebastian Vettel slotted into third just 0.015s behind Perez.

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Hamilton eventually snatched top spot with a stunning 1m 04.304 to make it another Mercedes one-two finish, with Perez this time finishing the session as best of the rest and 0.444s off Bottas’ time.

Verstappen and Stroll made errors on their soft qualifying run which ultimately saw them finish the session in seventh and eighth respectively, after Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris leap above the pair into fifth and sixth positions.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz rounded out the top ten for Ferrari and McLaren respectively. 

Race runs saw Mercedes comfortably on top as Vettel ran wide at Turn Three after locking up on hard tyres, whilst Verstappen lost the rear on entry into Turn Six and went bouncing across the gravel before continuing on his way.

Albon meanwhile spun at the first corner after mounting the kerbs but was able to continue, as Mercedes looks the team to beat heading into the final practice session and Qualifying.  




Position Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m 04.816
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m 05.172
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m 05.418
4 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1m 05.431
5 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1m 05.512
6 Lando Norris McLaren 1m 05.621
7 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1m 05.701
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m 05.860
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1m 05.907
10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m 05.924
11 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1m 06.074
12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m 06.077
13 Esteban Ocon Renault 1m 06.270
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1m 06.360
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1m 06.365
16 Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri 1m 06.404
17 George Russell Williams 1m 06.495
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1m 06.906
19 Daniil Kvyat Alpha Tauri 1m 06.943
20 Romain Grosjean Haas 1m 46.361



Position Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m 04.304
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m 04.501
3 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1m 04.945
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m 04.961
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m 04.972
6 Lando Norris McLaren 1m 05.087
7 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1m 05.135
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m 05.215
9 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m 05.298
10 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1m 05.352
11 Esteban Ocon Renault 1m 05.415
12 Daniil Kvyat Alpha Tauri 1m 05.443
13 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1m 05.453
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1m 05.608
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1m 05.678
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1m 05.908
17 Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri 1m 06.016
18 George Russell Williams 1m 06.125
19 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1m 06.278
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1m 07.124

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