Lewis Hamilton continues his momentum in second Austrian Grand Prix practice
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News June 29, 2018 Updated: 10:53 AM PT
SPIELBERG, Austria — Lewis Hamilton continued his momentum by taking the second free practice for the Austrian Grand Prix.
The afternoon session gave a deeper insight into how things may play out on Saturday as teams find the time to work on qualifying simulations. Hamilton finished with a time of 1:04.579 on the soft tire just 0.176s ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas, making a Mercedes one-two in second.
Championship rival Sebastian Vettel finished third and was 0.452s off Hamilton on the ultrasoft tire with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in fourth.
“The car was pretty good, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. On this track it is true that the kerbs can be “aggressive” somehow, but today we didn’t have any issues and hopefully we won’t have problems tomorrow and in the race. We did a lot of laps, which is good, and usually on Saturday we can make a good step forward, so we should be well prepared for tomorrow and for Sunday,” said Vettel.
Max Verstappen finished fifth. Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished the afternoon session 0.686s behind Hamilton in sixth.
Romain Grosjean ended the day in seventh for Haas with teammate Kevin Magnussen in eighth. Magnussen hit trouble when he left the pits as the team spotted that his front right wheel was not secured to his car the team quickly told Magnussen to pull to the side just before the pit exit.
Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly finished ninth after suffering a suspension failure at the end of his long run lap. Gasly came in contact with the large kerbs on the exit of Turn 10.
The damage was repaired soon after, and he was able to return to complete the session. Stoffel Vandoorne finished 0.172s behind Gasly for McLaren in 11th.
Carlos Sainz ended the session in 12th followed by F1 rookie Charles Leclerc in 12th for Sauber. Force India’s Esteban Ocon split the Sauber’s finishing 13th with Marcus Ericsson in 14th.
Renault completed it’s run program for the day with Nico Hulkenberg finishing 15th followed by the Williams of Sergey Sirotkin in 16th.
Brendon Hartley finished 17th and was the chosen one to try out the new parts the team had brought this weekend.
Ocon’s Force India teammate Sergio Perez finished 18th ahead of Fernando Alonso in 19th. Lance Stroll took the final spot on the time sheet in 20th.