LEWIS HAMILTON SETS FASTEST TIME FOR MERCEDES IN BOTH FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS, USING ULTRASOFT AND SOFT TYRES
COOL CONDITIONS AFTER OVERNIGHT RAIN, WITH SIMILAR TEMPERATURES EXPECTED FOR THE REST OF THE AUSTRIAN WEEKEND
CLOSE GAPS BETWEEN ALL THREE COMPOUNDS ON THE TRACK WITH THE SHORTEST LAP TIME OF THE YEAR
This was the case during both free practice sessions, held in cool and cloudy conditions, with similar temperatures predicted for the rest of the weekend.
Following overnight rain, the drivers used only the slick tyres, with all three compounds seen out on track today. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton went fastest on the ultrasoft tyre in the morning session, but with more rubber on the track in the afternoon he was able to beat his benchmark using the soft tyre.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The performance gaps between the three compounds here are quite small, as is to be expected on such a short track, where the cars are very close to one another. This means of course that the tiniest detail counts, and the teams have been pushing hard to get the set-up exactly right. The cool conditions and the overnight rain from yesterday have also contributed to quite a high degree of track evolution, with a few drivers going off the line. As is often the case here, some drivers have fallen foul of the kerbs as well. Adapting the cars to the track temperature has been a key part of the work today, in conjunction with the usual assessment of tyres on both high and low fuel loads in these conditions. With everything so finely-balanced, strategy could make an important difference, so the teams will be studying tonight’s data particularly carefully.”
FREE PRACTICE 1 – TOP 3 TIMES
FREE PRACTICE 2 – TOP 3 TIMES
FP1 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
FP2 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
* The above number gives the total amount of kilometres driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
** Per compound, all drivers combined.