GP AustriaMax Verstappen had to tolerate the Ferraris during the second free practice of the Austrian Grand Prix. The Limburg world champion set his fastest time on the medium tyres, while his rivals did so on the softs.
On Friday, Verstappen was fastest in the first free practice session and qualifying for the sprint race. It will be held later this afternoon, with the Dutchman on pole. Red Bull will not worry much that the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc turned out to be a bit faster this afternoon. This afternoon in Austria it was mainly about testing the tires.
Verstappen set the fastest time so far on his soft tires at the start of the training. This, of course, to the delight of the thousands of Dutch fans in the stands. Moments later, the Limburger switched to the somewhat harder tires, while the Ferraris did exactly the opposite. Then Sainz (1.08.610) and Leclerc (1:08.660) dipped below the world championship leader’s time, who himself improved his time to 1:08.778. Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Pérez came in sixth.
Especially at Mercedes, hard work had to be done in the garages. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell flew into the wall during qualifying for the sprint race and there was a lot of damage. Hamilton was finally able to get onto the track only fifteen minutes before the end of the training, but still managed to finish ninth. Russell came in 33 laps to seventh.
The sprint race of the GP of Austria starts this afternoon at 4.30 pm. In this year’s sprint race, eight points can be earned for the winner.
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Max Verstappen has to tolerate Ferraris in the run-up to sprint race during last practice | Sport
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