Austrian GP: Verstappen dominates despite everything

Austrian GP: Verstappen dominates despite everything

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) set the fastest time in the first free practice session of the Austrian GP, ​​shortly after causing a red flag following an engine problem.

With the Austrian Grand Prix featuring a sprint race on Saturday, there was only one free practice session on Friday, and it proved to be a special one for Max Verstappen. The three-time world champion set the fastest time of the session in 1:05.685, but he was forced to pit due to an engine problem on his Red Bull. After 32 minutes of the session, the Dutchman parked on the side of the track and forced the stewards to display the red flag for three minutes, the time it took to bring the car into the pits.

But barely two minutes later, Verstappen was back on track! On the Red Bull Ring, George Russell (Mercedes) was the first to climb to the top of the timesheet, shod on hard tires (1’07″932), before being dethroned by Max Verstappen on medium tires ( 1’07″013) then Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) on hard tires (1’06″925). The Briton then improved his time (1’06″254) then after the red flag, it was Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) who took the lead, in 1’06″055. Finally, in the 56th minute, Verstappen clocked his time of 1’05″685 and no one managed to beat him.

Alpine confirms its progress

At the end of this one-hour session, the world champion is ahead of Oscar Piastri (McLaren) by 276 thousandths and Charles Leclerc by 370 thousandths. Note the fine sixth place of Esteban Ocon, which seems to confirm that Alpine has been doing better in recent weeks. Pierre Gasly, who extended his contract on Thursday, finished eleventh.

The French team being in good shape, it is Haas (Hülkenberg 17th and Magnussen 19th) and Williams (18th and Sargeant 20th) who share the last places. The format of this weekend is special: the sprint qualification will take place this Friday at 4:30 p.m., the sprint race on Saturday at noon, the qualifying session on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and the Grand Prix on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

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