Austrian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton finishes ahead of Max Verstappen in FP1
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 7, 2017 Updated: 6:29 PM
SPIELBERG, Austria -- Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished on top as he set the fastest time ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the first free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix. With the beautiful backdrop of the rolling hills of Austria, Hamilton finished with a time of 1:05.975 ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen in second by just 0.190s.
Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas finished third and was 0.370s from Hamilton with Sebastian Vettel in fourth lost after suffering a small spin at Turn 1.
Daniel Ricciardo ended the first session fifth for Red Bull Racing ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in sixth. McLaren-Honda’s Stoffel Vandoorne had an impressive first session finishing seventh ahead of his teammate Fernando Alonso. This weekend Honda is hoping things will begin to move in a positive direction with their Spec-3 engine.
“I think it’s been a reasonably good Friday for us as a team. We’re competing in a very, very close midfield – I think one second covered around 10 cars in FP2 this afternoon – so it will all come down to details tomorrow if we’re to have a good result in qualifying," said Vandoorne.
Daniil Kvyat took eighth for Toro Rosso with Esteban Ocon in 10th for Force India, just barely edging out Williams' Felipe Massa by 0.04s. Kevin Magnussen finished 12th for Haas ahead of Carlos Sainz who took 13th in the second Toro Rosso. Renault’s Jolyon Palmer finished 14th with the young man from Montreal Lance Stroll finishing 15th after suffering an unfortunate spin at Turn 5.
"We don't look as competitive as we were in Baku, for example, but that can change. It is such a short lap round here and a couple of tenths can get you quite a few places," said Stroll.
Magnussen’s Haas teammate Romain Grosjean took 16th but suffered a puncture after making heavy contact with the kerbs. Renault reserve/ test driver Sergey Sirotkin, who filled in for Nico Hulkenberg, finished 17th ahead of Force India’s development driver Alfonso Celis in 18th.
“It felt nice to have a clear session this morning and get some good laps in with the R.S.17. Having not driven the car in the last few weeks, I could feel the impact of the development as the car has definitely improved from before, so it is nice to see that the team is moving in the right direction," said Sirotkin.
Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein finished 19th ahead of teammate Marcus Ericsson in 20th, who didn’t get much time on the track the after the team spent time working on his car, ended morning session in 20th.