Carlos Sainz dominated a second practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix which Lewis Hamilton missed the majority of after crashing in the latter part of qualifying on Friday.
> Mercedes repairs cost Hamilton three-quarters of FP2
> Verstappen’s Ferrari 1-2
> Alpines, fourth and fifth, chose to miss the first 25 minutes
Mercedes swapped Hamilton for their spare chassis due to damage to the right side suffered when starting at Turn 6, with different gearboxes fitted to the cars of Hamilton and teammate George Russell – who also crashed in Q3 – of their authorized allocation.
The team, which also carried out floor and wing changes on both cars, said before EP2 that they hoped to race in the middle of the one-hour session after having had six hours between the end of the qualifying and the start of testing to work on the cars.
But while Russell took to the track after 10 minutes, Hamilton’s wait to get back on track was considerably longer.
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He eventually rejoined the session in the final 15 minutes, setting the ninth fastest time with his first timed lap on used softs before switching to mediums.
Those following a more conventional schedule opted for a long run in FP2, with teams largely opting for softs or mediums for these runs – although Russell attempted a three-lap run on hards.
Max Verstappen, who dominated qualifying and will start Saturday afternoon’s sprint race from pole, was fastest for much of the session after opting to run on softs from the start.
Ferrari took mediums for their opening runs but were quickest in the second half of the session after switching to softs, with Sainz clocking a best time of 1m08.610s which puts him 0.050s ahead of his teammate Charles Leclerc.
Verstappen finished third, 0.168 seconds behind, with the Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon rounding out the top five.
Alpine opted not to field Alonso or Ocon in the first 25 minutes of the session, with Otmar Szafnauer saying there was still “a lot to learn on the tires of others racing”.
Sergio Perez, who lost his Q3 times and Q2 best on Friday night and will start the sprint from 13th place, finished sixth in second Red Bull ahead of Russell.
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) and Lando Norris (McLaren) sandwiched Hamilton in ninth place.
Practice 2 Results
|Pos||Last name||Auto||best time||gap leader|
|1||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1m08.61s|
|2||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||1m08.66s||+ 0.05s|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1m08.778s||+0.168s|
|6||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||1m09.179s||+0.569s|
|8||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m09.251s||+0.641s|
|11||Spear Stroll||Aston Martin-Mercedes||1m09.2525s||+0.915s|
|12||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri-Red Bull||1m09.579s||+0.969s|
|13||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin-Mercedes||1m09.602s||+0.992s|
|19||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri-Red Bull||1m10.005s||+1.395s|
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