Austrian GP: Hamilton leads Bottas again in FP2

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in Austrian Grand Prix second practice ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas, leading a second consecutive Mercedes 1-2 to start Formula 1's 2020 season.

Austrian GP: Hamilton leads Bottas again in FP2

Racing Point's Sergio Perez claimed third place, with the Ferrari and Red Bull drivers finishing well adrift of their leading Class A rivals in the classification.

At the start of the 90-minute session at the Red Bull Ring, Romain Grosjean led the field out – the Haas driver looking to make up for lost time in FP1, where a brake issue had confined him to the garage for much of the morning session.

McLaren's Carlos Sainz set the first real flying lap of the session – a 1m06.886s on the hard rubber – before Lance Stroll deposed him with a 1m05.469s on the mediums.

Max Verstappen then moved to the top spot after 20 minutes, with a 1m05.379s, also on the yellow-walled mediums.

Hamilton completed few laps in the early stages, but when he headed out after 25 minutes on the mediums he improved over three laps to take the top spot with a 1m05.095s.

A few minutes later, the field switched to qualifying simulation efforts on the softs, with Sergio Perez and his Racing Point teammate Stroll lighting up the time screens.

But while Perez grabbed P1 on a 1m04.945s, Stroll snagged the gravel trap as he flew through the rapid right of Turn 8 and he lost time, with both Racing Point drivers then demoted by Bottas's 1m04.501s – the Mercedes driver audibly attacking the kerbs at the final two corners.

Sebastian Vettel popped his Ferrari into third place on his flying effort on the softs, but he could not beat Perez's time for best of the rest behind Mercedes' benchmark.

Shortly after Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen skated across the gravel trap at the exit of Turn 6 – the long left-hander in the middle sector – Hamilton moved to improve that target.

Using the softs fitted to his newly-liveried W11, the world champion shot to the top of the times with a 1m04.304s – despite encountering a McLaren touring slowly at the exit of Turn 3.

Hamilton's effort put him 0.197s clear of Bottas, with Perez and Vettel shuffled down to third and fourth.

The times remained static thereafter as the teams concentrated on long run data gathering, which sealed Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), McLaren's Lando Norris and Stroll in P5-P7.

Max Verstappen wound up eighth as the lead Red Bull driver, but his soft tyre effort was 0.911s slower than Hamilton's best.

Verstappen also had a near identical off to Raikkonen's just past the hour mark, keeping his RB16 out of the barriers and back onto the track by using the perimeter road beyond the Turn 6 gravel to rejoin as the drivers are instructed to so by the race director.

Alex Albon finished 13th in the other Red Bull after spinning in near-identical fashion to his teammate's off in FP1 as he lost the rear of his car running through the right-hander with just over 20 minutes to go.

Charles Leclerc finished ninth to end a low-key day for Ferrari, with Sainz rounding out the top 10.

Albon was not the only driver to have a spin at Turn 1, with AlphaTauri driver Daniil Kvyat and Williams rookie Nicholas Latifi also going around there in the session's early stages.

Latifi also locked up and went off at approaching the tight right-hand left of Turn 3 shortly after his Turn 1 spin, with Bottas, Vettel and Grosjean (who spun and finished 16th in the final order) also having issues at that corner during the later running.

Mercedes' session did end on a down note as Bottas reported problems shifting throw his gears with 10 minutes to go and he was called in to allow the team to investigate the issue.

The FIA was again forced to take action regarding track limits, with Kevin Magnussen (15th in the final order) losing a time early for running too wide at Turn 9, and Raikkonen – P19, just ahead of Latifi at the end – having four laps deleted for repeated running wide at the final turn.

 
Cla Driver Laps Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 42 1'04.304  
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas 37 1'04.501 0.197
3 Mexico Sergio Perez 48 1'04.945 0.641
4 Germany Sebastian Vettel 48 1'04.961 0.657
5 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 36 1'04.972 0.668
6 United Kingdom Lando Norris 38 1'05.087 0.783
7 Canada Lance Stroll 49 1'05.135 0.831
8 Netherlands Max Verstappen 41 1'05.215 0.911
9 Monaco Charles Leclerc 46 1'05.298 0.994
10 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 37 1'05.352 1.048
11 France Esteban Ocon 42 1'05.415 1.111
12 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat 34 1'05.443 1.139
13 Thailand Alex Albon 47 1'05.453 1.149
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 49 1'05.608 1.304
15 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 44 1'05.678 1.374
16 France Romain Grosjean 50 1'05.908 1.604
17 France Pierre Gasly 51 1'06.016 1.712
18 United Kingdom George Russell 40 1'06.125 1.821
19 Finland Kimi Raikkonen 44 1'06.278 1.974
20 Canada Nicholas Latifi 45 1'07.124 2.820
shares
comments
Renault won't update F1 engine during 2020 season

Previous article

Renault won't update F1 engine during 2020 season

Next article

Verstappen blames damaged wing for gap to front

Verstappen blames damaged wing for gap to front
Load comments
Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner Prime

Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner

Stepping up to F1 in 1962, Jo Siffert shone with Rob Walker Racing Team and BRM before his career was abruptly ended in a fatal crash at Brands Hatch in 1971. Kevin Turner looks back at the life of Switzerland's first F1 winner on the 50th anniversary of his death

What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat Prime

What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat

OPINION: Max Verstappen is back in the lead of the 2021 Formula 1 drivers’ championship, with the season’s final flyaway events set to get underway in the USA this weekend. But a defensive stance he’s recently adopted could have a lasting impact for the Red Bull driver when it comes to his chances of defeating Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes

The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest Prime

The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest

Despite appearing to adjust to life as a Ferrari driver with relative ease, it was far from straightforward under the surface for Carlos Sainz. But, having made breakthroughs in rather different routes at the Russian and Turkish races, he’s now targeting even greater feats for the rest of the Formula 1 season

Formula 1
Oct 20, 2021
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Prime

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Tim Wright.

Formula 1
Oct 18, 2021
Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Prime

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? Stuart Codling talks to the man in charge.

Formula 1
Oct 17, 2021
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Prime

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Prime

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers Prime

How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021