F1 Information – F1 Austrian GP: Hamilton leads Verstappen in opening Austria apply

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Method 1 title contender Lewis Hamilton kicked off the Austrian Grand Prix weekend in spectacular trend by main Mercedes to P1 in opening apply on the Pink Bull Ring.

Having moved on from his conflict with championship rival Sebastian Vettel final day trip in Baku, Hamilton stamped his authority on proceedings in FP1 by ending nearly two-tenths of a second away from the sphere.

A quickest lap of 1:05.975 – nearly two seconds beneath final yr’s pole time – gave Hamilton P1 forward of Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen, who charged as much as P2 with a late lap.

Verstappen’s time lifted him above Valtteri Bottas, who had been because of full a one-two end for Mercedes, however was in the end left to accept third place.

Ferrari’s Vettel was fourth forward of Baku winner as Daniel Ricciardo ended the session fifth for Pink Bull, with Kimi Raikkonen taking fifth place within the second Ferrari.

McLaren put its upgraded ‘Spec three’ energy unit to good use by way of FP1 as Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso each made it up into the highest 10, ending seventh and ninth respectively.

Max Verstappen took seventh for Pink Bull forward of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, whereas Esteban Ocon rounded out the highest 10 for Drive India.

The session glided by with out main incident, though quite a lot of drivers did spin at Flip 1 as they struggled for grip on exit. Vettel, Bottas and Raikkonen all despatched their automobiles round 360 levels, whereas Lance Stroll had a second on the remaining nook, spinning his Williams.

Verstappen got here closest to shunting his automobile within the wall, operating vast and making mild contact with the barrier by way of the center sector, however was capable of escape largely unscathed.

Observe in Austria continues with FP2 at 1pm BST.

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