Aiming to come again after Max Verstappen dominated the Styrian GP on the Red Bull Ring final weekend, each Mercedes drivers demonstrated a placing observe tempo in FP2 with Hamilton main the instances with a 1m04.523s to beat teammate Valtteri Bottas by 0.189s. defeat.
Hamilton, who was spooked within the second observe session after going off the monitor and over the gravel in Turn 4 simply because the occasional rain fell, is on the lookout for his first F1 win since early May on the Spanish GP. Despite calling his Friday a “minor progress” for Mercedes, he isn’t positive will probably be sufficient to overhaul Red Bull on the Austrian GP.
Fresh from victories within the closing two rounds at Paul Ricard and the Red Bull Ring opener, Verstappen stored Red Bull in contact after surpassing first observe and taking third place in FP2.
The afternoon session was a formidable hour of working for Aston Martin, with Lance Stroll taking fourth place forward of teammate Sebastian Vettel in fifth on the softs, whereas additional again Ferrari’s late run on the C5 tires left Carlos Sainz Jr thirteenth and Charles Leclerc sixteenth.
AlphaTauri additionally had a strong FP2 with Yuki Tsunoda in sixth and Pierre Gasly in seventh, pushing Alpine’s Fernando Alonso again to eighth.
Despite a late spin exiting Turn 1, Lando Norris maintained his constructive kind with a ninth place end in FP2 for McLaren, whereas Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi rounded out the highest 10.
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21
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What time does qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix begin?
Qualifying for the Austrian GP will begin at 3pm native time (2pm BST), utilizing the common Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout session format.
Date: Saturday 3 July 2021
Start time: 3pm native time – 2pm BST
How can I view the qualification?
In the UK, each F1 observe, qualifying and race is broadcast stay on Sky Sports F1, with protection of the Austrian GP qualifying from 13:00 BST.
Autosport shall be holding a stay textual content report of the qualifying right here.
When can I watch the highlights of the Austrian GP qualifying?
In the UK, Channel 4 shall be broadcasting highlights from qualifying for the Austrian GP at 6:30pm BST on Saturday. The full 90-minute program covers each qualifying and the primary dialog subjects from the race weekend thus far.
For the whole 2021 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights from every qualifying and race on the Saturday and Sunday of every occasion. The highlights may also be obtainable on Channel 4’s on-demand catch-up companies.
Channel: Channel 4
Start time: 6:30pm BST
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21
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Will Austrian GP qualifying be on the radio?
Live radio protection of each observe, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season shall be obtainable on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC 5 Live Sports Extra or by way of the BBC Sport web site.
Coverage of Austrian GP qualifying begins at 2pm BST on the BBC Sport web site.
What is the climate forecast for qualifying in Spielberg?
Sunny and cloudy climate is forecast for Saturday afternoon on the Red Bull Ring, with a small likelihood of rain. The temperature shall be 26 levels Celsius in the beginning of qualifying – roughly the identical circumstances for qualifying for the Styrian GP.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12
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