F1 Austrian GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2


By: Tom Howard, Stefan Mackley



  • Hamilton ends Free Practice 2 fastest, 0.189s quicker than Mercedes team-mate Bottas, with Verstappen third for Red Bull
  • Bottas on top as session reaches halfway mark
  • FP2 underway
  • Verstappen fastest in opening practice for Austrian GP
  • Ferrari team-mates Leclerc and Sainz complete top three
  • Guanyu Zhou makes his F1 practice debut for Alpine, in place of Alonso
  • Ilott (Alfa Romeo) and Nissany (Williams) also appear in FP1

1. Hamilton, Mercedes
2. Bottas, Mercedes
3. Verstappen, Red Bull
4. Stroll, Aston Martin 
5. Vettel, Aston Martin
6. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
7. Gasly, AlphaTauri
8. Alonso, Alpine
9. Norris, McLaren
10. Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
Status: Stopped
09:12 That'll be all from us on the Live blog today, but make sure you tune in tomorrow morning shortly before 11am BST for FP3 and 2pm BST for qualifying. Can Verstappen turn the tables and continue his recent run of form, or will Mercedes reclaim pole for the first time since Barcelona? We'll see you tomorrow to find out.
09:10 Here's the full report from FP2, as Mercedes fired a warning shot to Red Bull: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/f1-austrian-gp-hamilton-leads-mercedes-1-2-in-fp2-with-verstappen-in-third/6624118/
09:05 Ferrari didn't really show its hand today - Sainz 13th and Leclerc 16th leaves us with plenty of questions after the team's strong showing last weekend, including that thrilling Leclerc fightback.
09:04 A disappointing session for Perez ends with the second Red Bull driver only 11th, and perhaps facing an uphill task to disrupt the Mercedes and among the podium places.
09:02 Alonso showed he didn't miss much in FP1 with P8, as a red-faced Norris and Giovinazzi complete the top 10.
09:02 An encouraging day for Aston Martin ends with Stroll fourth and Vettel fifth, while AlphaTauri are also running in Noah's Ark formation with Tsunoda P6 and Gasly P7.
09:01 That's the end of the session - no changes at the top, so it's Hamilton from Bottas and Verstappen your top three.
09:00 Whoops - that's a moment for Norris, who runs a little wide over the kerb at Turn 1 and spins across to the grass on the inside. Asked what the damage was from his engineer, he responds: "Talent."
08:58 As we head into the deciding minutes of the session, it's a familiar scene from 2020 as the Mercedes cars head Verstappen. All are currently running on mediums, and Verstappen was fastest of the trio last time around from Hamilton and Bottas.
08:54 Alonso is up in P8, showing no signs of being affected by missing FP1 earlier on. Team-mate Ocon meanwhile is down in P12, with Norris, Giovinazzi and Perez between them.
08:53 An official warning has appeared on the timing screens that the track is slippery. Hamilton could have told them that.
08:51 We've got a shade under 10 minutes left in the session, and a few drivers are switching to softs for a late quali sim. Will we see any improvements?
08:48 No damage done, Hamilton just locks the right-front wheel into the downhill right-hander and goes straight on.
08:47 And there goes Hamilton into the Turn 4 gravel!
08:46 Slow-mo camera shots are doing a great job of picking up the rain spots. Drivers are earning their money at the moment.
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