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Hamilton stays on top in FP2 as Mercedes dominate Austrian practice

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Championship leader Lewis Hamilton dominated in the opening both practice session for Austrian Grand Prix, remarkably the Brit topping the times in FP2 with hardest tyres available ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton post his best lap-time with yellow wall Soft tyre – a benchmark time of 1’04.579. The Mercedes champ made the performance of his car’s updated chassis and engine.

Bottas set his best time a 0.236 seconds faster than title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who was third fastest.

Current valuable F1 market asset, Daniel Ricciardo, was fourth ahead of his Red Bull team-mate the Dutchman Max Verstappen with Finn Kimi Raikkonen sixth in the second Ferrari.

Haas F1 ace Romain Grosjean was seventh ahead of his team-mate Kevin Magnussen, Toro Rosso youngster Pierre Gasly and McLaren speedy Stoffel Vandoorne.

Displeased and unlucky double-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who won the Le Mans 24-Hours race with Toyota two weekends ago, was 19th in the second McLaren.

The session interrupted by one red flag, for four minutes, when Gasly ran over the higher “sausage” kerb at the final corner of the short power-orientated circuit. “I broke the suspension on the kerbs,” he said.

His car’s front left suspension was damaged in the impact, which sent him spinning into the gravel.

Sergey Sirotkin has the Williams F1 car back from Robert Kubica this afternoon, and the Russian is three tenths faster than Lance Stroll so far.

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