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Hamilton loses most of Austrian GP FP2, Sainz quickest


Carlos Sainz topped a second Austrian Grand Prix follow session that Lewis Hamilton missed the vast majority of following his crash within the last a part of qualifying on Friday.


Key moments:

> Mercedes repairs price Hamilton three quarters of FP2

> Ferraris 1-2 from Verstappen

> Alpines, fourth and fifth, selected to take a seat out the primary 25 minutes


Mercedes swapped Hamilton to its spare chassis owing to right-hand facet harm sustained in his off at Flip 6, with completely different gearboxes fitted to the automobiles of Hamilton and team-mate George Russell – who additionally crashed in Q3 – from their permitted allocation.

The staff, which additionally made ground and wing modifications on each automobiles, stated earlier than FP2 that it hoped to be operating halfway by means of the hour-long session having had six hours between the top of qualifying and the beginning of follow to work on the automobiles.

However whereas Russell took to the observe after 10 minutes, Hamilton’s wait to get again on observe was significantly longer.

He finally joined the session inside the ultimate quarter-hour, going ninth quickest along with his first timed lap on used softs earlier than swapping to mediums.

These on a extra standard program opted for lengthy operating in FP2, with groups broadly choosing softs or mediums for these runs – though Russell tried a three-lap run on hards.

Max Verstappen, who topped qualifying and can begin Saturday afternoon’s dash race from pole, was quickest for a lot of the session having opted to run on softs from the off.

The Ferraris took mediums for his or her first runs, however went quickest within the second half of the session after switching to softs, with Sainz setting a finest time of 1m08.610s that put him 0.050 seconds away from team-mate Charles Leclerc.

Verstappen ended up third, 0.168s down, with the Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon finishing the highest 5.

Alpine selected to not ship both Alonso or Ocon out within the first 25 minutes of the session, with Otmar Szafnauer saying there was nonetheless “quite a bit to be taught concerning the tires from others doing the operating”.

Sergio Perez, who misplaced his Q3 instances and finest from Q2 on Friday night and can begin the dash from thirteenth, was sixth within the second Purple Bull forward of Russell.

Sandwiching ninth-place Hamilton have been Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) and Lando Norris (McLaren).

Observe 2 Outcomes

Pos On me Scrap Finest Time Hole Chief
1 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1m08.61s
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m08.66s +0.05s
3 Max Verstappen Purple Bull 1m08.778s +0.168s
4 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m08.832s +0.222s
5 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m08.848s +0.238s
6 Sergio Perez Purple Bull 1m09.179s +0.569s
7 George Russell Mercedes 1m09.24s +0.63s
8 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m09.251s +0.641s
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m09.35s +0.74s
10 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m09.519s +0.909s
11 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m09.525s +0.915s
12 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Purple Bull 1m09.579s +0.969s
13 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m09.602s +0.992s
14 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m09.665s +1.055s
15 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m09.7s +1.09s
16 Alex Albon Williams-Mercedes 1m09.74s +1.13s
17 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m09.852s +1.242s
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m09.96s +1.35s
19 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Purple Bull 1m10.005s +1.395s
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m10.261s +1.651s

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