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FP1: Hamilton fastest, Vettel close behind

  • Published on 28 Jun 2019 12:30
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton has topped the first practice session of the weekend, as he put down a lap time of 1:04.838.

However, Ferrari was narrowly behind the Silver Arrows, as Sebastian Vettel split the Mercedes team, posting a time that was a tenth and a half down on Hamilton's time.

Hamilton's fastest lap was set on the soft compound, whereas Vettel placed his car into second place using the medium compound.

Bottas was third, but was delayed in getting out as the team discovered an oil leak in his power unit before the session got underway, which forced his mechanics to change to the older spec unit.

Despite the small delay, Bottas managed to set the most laps of any driver during the session, clocking 35 laps in the 90-minute session.

Charles Leclerc was fourth in the second Ferrari, heading the Red Bull duo as Max Verstappen finished ahead of teammate Pierre Gasly.

Kerbs cause issues, session ends under red flag

The sausage kerbs placed around the circuit to enforce track limits caused issues for some drivers, as Hamilton and Lance Stroll lost small parts of their cars running over the yellow marked kerbs.

However, Nico Hulkenberg suffered the most in the final minutes of the session when he ran over the kerbs at the exit of the penultimate corner, which sheared off the left side of his front wing.

The problems are likely to cause a debate from the teams and drivers, some of which may see the kerbs as excessively dangerous.

Early midfield advantage goes to McLaren

The midfield fight was a close affair in France, and it is a battle set to resume this weekend in Austria.

McLaren ended the opening practice session as 'best of the rest' with Carlos Sainz, who will take a grid penalty for Sunday's race, was seventh fastest.

Four tenths behind the Spaniard was Daniel Ricciardo in the Renault and the Haas of Kevin Magnussen, while Lando Norris rounded out the top ten.

Alfa Romeo and Racing Point look once again to be struggling, as they filled out the latter spaces in the midfield battle, only ahead of Williams who has consistently been the slowest team this year.

Toro Rosso also failed to end the session with a car inside the top ten as Daniil Kvyat and Alexander Albon, the latter of whom will also take a grid penalty, finished in 12th and 13th respectively. 

AT Red Bull Ring - 28 June 2019

Photos Austria 2019

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  • Interesting session. Ferrari looking strong at the moment

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    • Jun 28 2019 - 12:43
  • Kean

    Posts: 511

    Look at Russell, a second clear of Kubica and seriously knockin Stroll's and Alfa's door.

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    • Jun 28 2019 - 12:47
    • you think kubica will get the boot?

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      • Jun 28 2019 - 12:53
    • JuJuHound

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      Autosport Italy release another rumour Russel as Mecedes driver is recieving same engines as Mercedes, while Kubica, different ones, same as Force India

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      • Jun 28 2019 - 13:00
    • Kean

      Posts: 511

      Yeah, I think we'll see Latifi in the car next year. Kubica has been outmatched this year. I don't think there are differences between the cars, what does Williams have to gain from that? If they're driving different spec engines... I don't know, but I'll believe that before I'll believe that their cars differ. There were similar rumors when Bianchi was compared to Chilton in Marussia, regarding engines, and last year there were some rumors that Leclerc had different mappings compared to Ericsson. Regardless I think Kubica's time has passed, but I also think that the large gap between him and Russell is mainly down to Russell being an awesome driver, close to Leclerc's level seeing as how he also managed to do what Leclerc did in GP3 and F2 (winning in his rookie year).

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      • Jun 28 2019 - 14:38
  • JuJuHound

    Posts: 71

    Lewis Hamilton Free Practice 1 in Austria:
    2018: 01:04.839
    2019: 01:04.838

    Its progress !! :D

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    • Jun 28 2019 - 12:59
    • i wouldn't expect time differences to be huge this weekend compared to last year

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      • Jun 28 2019 - 13:05
    • Dert38

      Posts: 39

      xD

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      • Jun 28 2019 - 16:26
  • I doubt I’m the only one pleased to see McLaren climbing the leaderboard. Just need to see Williams enjoying a turn around in fortunes. I suspect we will need to see the back of Kubica first though.

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    • Jun 28 2019 - 14:05
  • abhidbgt

    Posts: 119

    In such a short track this much difference is still significant, I feel.

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    • Jun 28 2019 - 19:19

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