Carlos Sainz Jr (Ferrari) set the fastest time in the second free practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix, ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc and world champion Max Verstappen.
Four hours before the sprint race of the Austrian Grand Prix, round eleven of the F1 world championship, the drivers took part in the second free practice session at the Red Bull Ring, and it was Carlos Sainz Jr who signed the best time. The Spanish driver, winner of the British Grand Prix last Sunday, completed one of his seven timed laps in 1’08″610, on soft tyres. A time more than two seconds faster than that of Max Verstappen, who won the first session on Friday. He took the lead in this one-hour session 18 minutes from the end, dislodging his teammate Charles Leclerc, whom he beat in the end by 50 thousandths. The world champion, carried by the Austrian public on his Red Bull single-seater, meanwhile finished third at 168 thousandths from Sainz Jr, after leading the time sheet for 25 minutes.
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Chassis change for Hamilton
Then we find the two Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, who seem to be in great shape this Austrian weekend. Remember that the French driver will start fifth in the 100km sprint race which will determine the starting grid on Sunday, this Saturday from 4:30 p.m. On the other hand, the weekend is going less well for Lewis Hamilton, who will start ninth in the sprint race after having made a mistake on Friday.and who was only able to drive during the last fifteen minutes of this session, following a change of chassis and gearbox (but it remains within the quota so he will not be penalized). The English driver was only able to complete two timed laps and finished ninth, 740 thousandths behind Sainz Jr. The Canadian from the Williams team Nicholas Latifi brings up the rear, 1″651 behind Sainz Jr.