F1: Austrian Grand Prix Practice Results
Friday, F1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton Topped the time-sheets with a lap of 1 min, 4.839 secs in the 1rst practice session at the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg .
MercedesAMG have won in the last 4 Grands Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel has work to do this weekend if he is to make ground on Mr. Hamilton, he was 4th fastest Friday morning behind Red Bull Racing’s 3rd-placed Max Verstappen.
Here is a look at the full time-sheet for P1:
It was clear running for Mr. Hamilton, as he took Top Spot from Verstappen early in the session and never gave it up.
The Top 6 was rounded out by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen coming 5th and 6th, respectively.
Outside the Top runners, no other car could get within a sec of Mr. Hamilton, but young Charles Leclerc impressed again in the Alfa Romeo Sauber he was 9th fastest.
It was difficult session for McLaren as Fernando Alonso finished 17th and Stoffel Vandoorne 18th, with the latter damaging his front wing as he hit the curb at Turn 9.
Going into Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race:
Mr. Hamilton leads the 2018 Drivers’ Championship with his total of 145 points, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is 2nd with 131 points and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo is 3rd with 96 points.
In the Constructors’ Championship, MercedesAMG leads with 237 points followed by Ferrari with 214 points and Red Bull with 164 points.
Last year’s winner in Austria was Bottas, driving for MercedesAMG.
Qualifying taking place Saturday, 30 June and the race on Sunday, 1 July.
Qualifying begins at 2:00p BST Saturday, 30 June, and the race starts at its now traditional time of 2.10p BST.
Circuit Name – Red Bull Ring
Laps – 71
Circuit Length – 2.6 miles
Race Distance – 190.4 miles