Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in second free practice

Lewis Hamilton in Austria. 2021 Austrian Grand Prix, Friday – LAT Images

Lewis Hamilton took the first place during the FP2 session, ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen.

At the start of the session, almost everyone went out on track to start the afternoon action. Plus, some teams feared that it could rain in FP2.

Since the weather forecast showed it could rain, the timings were already very fast after just five minutes. The fastest was Max Verstappen, ahead of Yuki Tsunoda and Lewis Hamilton.

Valtteri Bottas looked fast as well, going second fastest, behind Verstappen. however, the Finnish driver went first fastest, with 45 minutes remaining, 0.107 seconds ahead of Max.

Charles Leclerc went wide in Turn 9 while doing a flying lap. He had massive oversteer but did not crash. Meanwhile, Hamilton put his W12 in P3, behind Kimi Raikkonen, who did a fantastic lap. Just a few seconds after, Verstappen re-take the lead of the session with Sergio Perez in P2, making it a 1-2 for Red Bull.

AlphaTauri and Aston Martin kept pushing, and Sebastian Vettel went second fastest, Tsunoda was third, and Lance Stroll was in P4.

Bottas went first fastest with the soft tires, 0.5 seconds ahead of Max. Stroll was fast as well, putting his Aston Martin in P2. Halfway through the session, Hamilton set the fastest lap, while Verstappen only managed to take P3.

The rain finally came while both Ferrari drivers were trying to set a time with soft tires. Carlos Sainz managed to finish it and went thirteenth fastest, while Charles only managed to go up to P16.

However, the Monegasque stayed out and tried again, while Fernando Alonso grabbed P8. Charles could not improve as the rain started to fall even heavier on the track.

With 20 minutes to go, the teams started the race pace simulations. They were still using the slick tires since the rain was not that heavy at the moment. Valtteri Bottas seemed the fastest, while Hamilton and Verstappen were setting slightly slower times than the Finn. Meanwhile, Hamilton went wide in Turn 4 after a double lock up. Luckily for him, he did not hit the wall.

After some laps, it seemed that Mercedes started the simulation with very fast times, but the degradation was quite high since the timings became slower. On the other hand, Verstappen was very consistent, and Charles Leclerc too had a good rhythm.

George Russell with his Williams was looking fast as well. His race pace simulation was positive, and remember that last weekend he was running in the top ten before a reliability issue forced him to retire.

With two minutes remaining, Lando Norris spun in Turn 1 without damaging his car.

3VerstappenRed Bull+0.217
4StrollAston Martin+0.616
5VettelAston Martin+0.745
10GIovinazziAlfa Romeo+0.988
11PerezRed Bull+0.993
14RaikkonenAlfa Romeo+1.101
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