Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton set the pace as Mercedes hit back to lead the way in second practice at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton was only seventh-fastest in first practice but posted the quickest time of the weekend so far with a 1m04.523s to head Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by 0.189s during the qualifying simulation runs.

Hamilton survived a trip through the gravel following a lock-up at Turn 4 as the seven-time world champion was caught out as rain fell in the closing stages of FP2.

Current championship leader Max Verstappen, who had topped the morning session for Red Bull, was third and 0.217s down on his title rival’s benchmark.

Aston Martin enjoyed a strong afternoon as Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel took fourth and fifth, ahead of the AlphaTauri duo of Yuki Tsunoda and Pierre Gasly.

After China’s Guanyu Zhou made his practice debut in FP1, two-time world champion Fernando Alonso was back in action for Alpine on his way to setting the eighth-fastest time.

Lando Norris took ninth in his McLaren despite a spin at Turn 2, while Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi rounded out the top-10 order as he returned to the cockpit of his C41 after Ferrari test driver Callum Ilott had participated in FP1.

Sergio Perez was only 11th in the FP2 order and ended up nearly a second off the pace in the second Red Bull.

The drivers once again had the opportunity to test out Pirelli’s beefed-up prototype tyre construction that will be introduced at the British Grand Prix, providing the Italian manufacturer is satisfied with the analysis collected on Friday in Austria.


1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m04.523s
2Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m04.712s
3Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing1m04.740s
4Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m05.139s
5Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m05.268s
6Yuki TsunodaJPNScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m05.356s
7Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m05.379s
8Fernando AlonsoCHIAlpine F1 Team1m05.393s
9Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1m05.466s
10Antonio GiovinazziGBRAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m05.511s
11Sergio PerezMEXRed Bull Racing1m05.516s
12Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1m05.527s
13Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m05.620s
14Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m05.624s
15Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1m05.698s
16Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m05.708s
17George RussellISRWilliams Racing1m05.819s
18Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team1m05.911s
19Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1m06.014s
20Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team1m06.173s

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