Fastest Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton fourth, Valtteri Bottas runs in the pit lane – .

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Fastest Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton fourth, Valtteri Bottas runs in the pit lane – .




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Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes loses rear grip causing him to slip into the pit lane

Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes loses rear grip causing him to slip into the pit lane

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won his second consecutive practice session at the Styrian GP, ​​but Lewis Hamilton also showed Mercedes’ speed by setting a faster time before a lap strike.

In a competitive session which saw the top six positions on the timesheet occupied by five different teams, Verstappen clocked the fastest lap that counted around the Red Bull Ring in 1: 05.412.

Hamilton was fourth but had run 0.077 seconds faster than Verstappen’s benchmark before the effort was removed by race control for a boundary violation on the last turn.

Daniel Ricciardo was a solid second place for McLaren, with Esteban Ocon third in the first of two Alpine cars in the top five. Sebastian Vettel finished sixth for Aston Martin.

The most bizarre moment of the day belonged to Valtteri Bottas, who sped into the pit lane after losing control of his Mercedes as he exited the team’s pit.

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Carlos Sainz spins at turn 5 after blocking his rear in second practice before the Styrian Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz spins at turn 5 after blocking his rear in second practice before the Styrian Grand Prix

Fortunately, the Mercedes did not hit anything and the Finn, with the help of the McLaren refueling team nearby, was able to resume his journey. The commissioners examine the incident after the meeting.

“We tried something different out of the box and there were some variables to what we normally do with the wheelspin, which is why I spun,” said Bottas, who did not finish. only 12th after completing his qualifying simulation earlier than anyone else.

“I would be surprised [if the stewards took action]. It’s a normal mistake, it happens. I’m sure they want to understand what happened. “

Valtteri Bottas says his pit lane lap was a

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Valtteri Bottas says his pit lane lap was a ‘normal mistake’ and he expects the Stewards to be understanding

Valtteri Bottas says his pit lane lap was a ‘normal mistake’ and he expects the Stewards to be understanding

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, who also raced in the opening session, and Haas’ Nikita Mazepin made more conventional turns on the circuit in the afternoon race.

But Friday afternoon turned out to be a loss for Pierre Gasly, the second-fastest rider of the morning, due to an engine problem on his AlphaTauri after Honda engineers identified something in the data. after P1.

Hamilton: “Red Bull gives good shots”

Anthony Davidson compares Lewis Hamilton's deleted lap and Max Verstappen's fastest lap in second practice ahead of Styrian Grand Prix

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Anthony Davidson compares Lewis Hamilton’s deleted lap and Max Verstappen’s fastest lap in second practice ahead of Styrian Grand Prix

Anthony Davidson compares Lewis Hamilton’s deleted lap and Max Verstappen’s fastest lap in second practice ahead of Styrian Grand Prix

Less than a week after a hugely competitive race day in France, when Verstappen and Hamilton’s final duel was settled in favor of the Dutchman in the penultimate lap of the race, the two teams look set to go head-to-head. more closely in Austria, which has two consecutive race weekends.

Verstappen, who leads Hamilton by 12 points in the standings, was pleased with how his Red Bull performed on Friday, but also noted that he would have finished second had his rivals’ best lap not been won.

“Lewis was faster but his lap time was taken away so he looks a bit different from what is shown at the moment,” commented Verstappen.

“But overall it’s been good enough for us. A few things to consider but I’m quite happy with the current situation with the car.

“We’ll see what the weather does, but I think overall it will be very tight. “

Lewis Hamilton says he felt relatively comfortable in the car in the first two practice sessions, but admits the Red Bulls will be tough to beat

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Lewis Hamilton says he felt relatively comfortable in the car in the first two practice sessions, but admits the Red Bulls will be tough to beat

Lewis Hamilton says he felt relatively comfortable in the car in the first two practice sessions, but admits the Red Bulls will be tough to beat

Hamilton, for his part, appeared more satisfied with his W12 than on opening day in France last Friday. But he stressed that Red Bull’s pace remains worrying for Mercedes.

“Work in progress,” said the seven-time champion. “The track is great.

“I think we were a bit late, especially on one lap, but generally during the day the car was relatively strong. Some weaknesses and like I said as the weekend approached we lost a lot in the straight line, I have to keep working to try and rectify that.

“It’s very tight with the whole peloton; the Red Bulls will definitely be very hard to beat. I think they just have the edge – maybe more, we don’t know what they’re going to do when they turn that engine up.

“Happier with where we got the car. I worked hard all week trying to figure out where I wanted to put the car. I hope the hard work will start to pay off soon. “

With Red Bull on a three-game winning streak, Hamilton admitted: “They’re throwing some really good shots right now, so we have to lift our guards and make sure we’re ready for the comeback. “

Styrian GP practice two timesheet

Driver Team Time
1) Max Verstappen Red bull 1:05.412
2) Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +0.336
3) Esteban Ocon Alpin +0.378
4) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.384
5) Fernando Alonso Alpin +0.415
6) Sébastien Vettel Aston Martin +0.522
7) Lando Norris McLaren +0,582
8) Start the walk Aston Martin +0.667
9) Sergio Pérez Red bull +0.677
10) Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +0.733
11) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.735
12) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.839
13) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.858
14) Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo +0.885
15) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +1.039
16) Georges Russel Williams +1.216
17) Mick Schumacher Haas +1.474
18) Nikita Mazepin Haas +1.992
19) Nicolas Latifi Williams +2,257
20) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri No time set

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