Austrian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton takes second free practice session
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 7, 2017 Updated: 11:11 PM
SPIELBERG, Austria – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton once again finished on top ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the second free practice session for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix. Hamilton finished with a time of 1:05.483 with Vettel finishing second and was 0.147s behind Hamilton.
During the session, Hamilton began to voice his concern about the car. Soon after the team discovered a faulty spark plug on an engine, which team principal Toto Wolff said it was “coming to the end of its life.”
Once Hamilton returned to the track, he was still concerned that something was wrong with the car after which he did not return to the track for the rest of the session.
Teammate Valtteri Bottas finished third and also began to run into some issues of his own, suffering a spin at Turn 5 which as a result damaged the floor of his car.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took fourth ran into a technical issue with his car after the team noticed a loose brake connector. Verstappen finished 0.041s ahead of his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo in fifth. Riccardo’s afternoon came to an end due to a problem with his MGU-H.
"I didn’t really get to do a proper long run at the end because we had a couple of issues but otherwise it was a smooth day. The surface of the circuit has a lot of grip this year and with the new cars you really feel it. Especially the high speed corners of the second sector are pretty fast and fun. As soon as you lose that grip though you lose everything so a lot of guys were going off track. I guess everyone is trying to find their limit and then you feel the grip so you want to push more and more but then sometimes it breaks away from you," said Ricciardo.
Sixth went to Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen finishing seventh. Fernando Alonso ended the afternoon in eighth despite damaging his floor during the session followed by a spin at Turn 5.
“We eventually completed our programme, despite missing a little bit of track time in both sessions – this afternoon, I hit a kerb and slightly damaged the floor, so we had to change it,” said Alonso.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg took ninth followed by Magnussen’s Haas teammate Romain Grosjean who took the tenth and final spot.
Force India’s Esteban Ocon finished 11th with Alonso’s teammate Stoffel Vandoorne in 12th. Daniil Kvyat finished the second session in 13th for Toro Rosso, and Felipe Massa's Williams' finished in 14th.
Kyvat's Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz took 15th after running wide at Turn 9. Then, while rejoining the track an edge of the curb launched his car into the air for a brief moment damaging the floor of his car and ending his day.
Williams’ Lance Stroll ended his day in 16th ahead of Ocon’s Force India teammate Sergio Perez in 17th. Jolyon Palmer in the second Renault took 18th. As he continues to do the best he can, he was only able to get in seven laps after running into another unfortunate technical issue.
Sauber's drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson finished out the bottom of the order in 19th and 20th with Wehrlein finishing ahead of his teammate by 0.088s.
Later it would be announced that Hamilton would receive a five-place grid penalty ahead of Saturday’s qualifying.