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:
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team||1:04.816|
|2||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team||+0.356|
|3||Max Verstappen||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||+0.602|
|4||Carlos Sainz||McLaren F1 Team||+0.615|
|5||Sergio Perez||Racing Point F1 Team||+0.696|
|6||Lando Norris||McLaren F1 Team||+0.805|
|7||Alex Albon||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||+0.885|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault F1 Team||+1.044|
|9||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1 Team||+1.091|
|10||Charles Leclerc||Scuderia Ferrari||+1.108|
|11||Lance Stroll||Racing Point F1 Team||+1.258|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari||+1.261|
|13||Esteban Ocon||Renault F1 Team||+1.454|
|14||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+1.544|
|15||Kimi Raikonen||Alfa Romeo||+1.549|
|16||Pierre Gasly||Scuderia Alpha Tauri||+1.588|
|17||George Russell||Williams Racing||+1.679|
|18||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Racing||+2.090|
|19||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Alpha Tauri||+2.127|
|20||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team||No time set|