Formula 1

Hamilton fastest as F1 returns in Austria

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For the first time since Pre-Season testing in Spain, Formula 1 finally kicks off its new decade, 215 days since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Austrian Grand Prix’s first session saw Lewis Hamilton top the timesheets with a time of 1:04.816 on the soft compound tyre, +0.356 seconds quicker than Valtteri Bottas.

With the heavens opening prior to the session, the initial moments saw Scuderia Ferrari, BWT Racing Point Formula One Team, McLaren F1 Team and Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda all test the intermediate tyres. It also saw drivers readjust themselves and their cars with multiple installation laps.

Romain Grosjean’s season started less then ideally with a brake fluid issue halting his progress’ spending most his time in the Haas garage.

Two-time Austrian Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen took a little much speed through turn 1 and spun the car on the kerb exiting the corner. AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was also caught out by the final corner, forcing him into a spin.

After an hour and half roaming around the Red Bull Ring completing various programs the final results are as followed:

Pos.NameTeamTime/Gap
1. Lewis HamiltonMercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team1:04.816
2Valtteri BottasMercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team+0.356
3Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing+0.602
4Carlos SainzMcLaren F1 Team+0.615
5Sergio PerezRacing Point F1 Team+0.696
6Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team+0.805
7Alex AlbonAston Martin Red Bull Racing +0.885
8Daniel Ricciardo Renault F1 Team+1.044
9Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 Team+1.091
10Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari+1.108
11Lance StrollRacing Point F1 Team+1.258
12Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari+1.261
13Esteban OconRenault F1 Team+1.454
14Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo+1.544
15Kimi RaikonenAlfa Romeo+1.549
16Pierre GaslyScuderia Alpha Tauri+1.588
17George RussellWilliams Racing +1.679
18Nicholas LatifiWilliams Racing +2.090
19Daniil KvyatScuderia Alpha Tauri+2.127
20 Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 TeamNo time set

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