Mercedes have unanswered questions despite setting Austria pace

Good start for Mercedes on the opening day of practice for the Austrian Grand Prix Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd.

Despite topping both sessions on the opening day of the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix with record breaking pace, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team Technical Director James Allison believes there is still more pace to be found in he W08.

“We still have a few unanswered questions after today’s practice sessions,” said Allison. “But it was nevertheless a pretty promising Friday.

Lewis Hamilton finished fastest in both sessions while team-mate Valtteri Bottas came home in third place in the two practices.

“We ran all three tyre compounds and they were unusually close in performance at this circuit. But it was clear that our car was decently balanced on all of them.

“We showed good pace on both low and high fuel, although we have the feeling there is still a little more to be found at the lower fuel level. But it was a good start overall.”