Max Verstappen takes the early advantage at the Styrian GP as he has set the fastest lap time of the first free practice.
The second round of Formula 1’s tripleheader started on Friday morning at Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring with the Styrian GP FP1.
The drivers wasted no time and started setting competitive lap times. Max Verstappen was in the lead early in the session. The opponents kept improving their lap times, but the Dutchman was unreachable.
Carlos Sainz had issues in the opening stage of the practice, reporting to the team that his throttle pedal was stuck. The struggles continued for the Spaniard as he spun at the pit lane exit.
Track limits were another challenging aspect as numerous laps were deleted for the violations at turn 10.
Halfway through the session, the drivers began using Soft tires. Valtteri Bottas set the benchmark lap, just ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton. However, Verstappen got on top of the standings again on Mediums. Sergio Perez had a spin at turn 4.
All in all, Verstappen topped the timesheets of FP1 at the checkered flag. Pierre Gasly was surprisingly second, while Hamilton was the third quickest driver.
The top 10 of the Styrian GP FP1:
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||1:05.910|
|8||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+0.674|
|9||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Racing||+0.704|