Lewis Hamilton scored a spectacular 1:05.975, which will probably be reduced even more this Saturday, to lead the session, which was not a doublet of Mercedes in the first free GP of Austria because Max Verstappen got between the two. The british beat Valtteri Bottas by more than three tenths, which shows the degree of improvement that both still can be implemented, with the Dutch between half to two tenths on the first time.
The Ferraris were further away than expected for them. Sebastian Vettel, 4th, was more than 4 tenths of the above
The session was too full of surprises. The characteristics of this circuit, one of the shortest of the season, made the differences between the other riders were minimal and that some that, typically, suffer in paths longer, it could reach to the ‘top 10’. It was in the case of McLaren: Stoffel Vandoorne finished with the 7th time and Fernando Alonso, with the 9th.
runway excursions were a constant, thanks to the broad loopholes it contains, and above all to the difficulty of finding temperature in the superblandos and ultrablandos which has led Pirelli. Max Verstappen took a touch with the wall, without major consequences, and the Hamilton tested the limits of the track. Nothing serious in any case.
To Carlos Sainz was a session difficult. The madrid came out several times, found no point competitive at any point and did not get past the 13th square.
time Table Free 1 Grand Prix of Austria
|1||Lewis Hamilton||44||Mercedes||01′ 05″975||0||38|
|2||Max Verstappen||33||Red Bull||01′ 06″165||+0.190||22|
|3||Valtteri Bottas||77||Mercedes||01′ 06″345||+0.370||35|
|4||Sebastian Vettel||5||Ferrari||01′ 06″424||+0.449||28|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||3||Red Bull||01′ 06″620||+0.645||31|
|6||Kimi Raikkonen||7||Ferrari||01′ 06″848||+0.873||24|
|7||Stoffel Vandoorne||2||McLaren||01′ 07″283||+1.308||31|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||26||Toro Rosso||01′ 07″437||+1.462||31|
|9||Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren||01′ 07″510||+1.535||28|
|10||Esteban Ocon||31||Force India||01′ 07″511||+1.536||39|
|11||Felipe Massa||19||Williams||01′ 07″550||+1.575||29|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||20||Haas F1 Team||01′ 07″594||+1.619||30|
|13||Carlos Sainz||55||Toro Rosso||01′ 07″633||+1.658||31|
|14||Jolyon Palmer||30||Renault||01′ 07″649||+1.674||30|
|15||Lance Stroll||18||Williams||01′ 08″041||+2.066||35|
|16||Romain Grosjean||8||Haas F1 Team||01′ 08″074||+2.099||20|
|17||Sergey Sirotkin||46||Renault||01′ 08″586||+2.611||27|
|19||Pascal Wehrlein||94||Sauber||01′ 09″323||+3.348||29|
|20||Marcus Ericsson||9||Sauber||01′ 10″853||+4.878||12|