Lewis Hamilton topped Max Verstappen and team mate Valtteri Bottas in the first free practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend. The Mercedes driver used the soft - the hardest tyre available this weekend - to go fastest in a record breaking 1:05.975.
Verstappen was the closest challenger, even though he brushed the barriers early on, resulting in a bit of time in the box until his car was given the all clear by his mechanics. The Dutchman went on to challenge Hamilton's best in the closing stages, but saw his effort come to a halt as he spun in Turn 3 following a purple first sector.
Sebastian Vettel was the fastest Ferrari driver in fourth, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen. Both Ferrari drivers completed considerably less laps than the Mercedes pair. The duo also spun early in the session, both at Turn 1.
At McLaren, Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso seemed to enjoy the improved power output and chassis upgrades as their performances saw McLaren-Honda get both cars in the top 10. They sandwished Daniil Kvyat while Esteban Ocon completed the top 10 for Force India.
Felipe Massa was 11th, half a second faster than his team mate and Baku podium finisher, Lance Stroll. The duo were busy evaluating a raft of aerodynamic updates on the Williams, so it is likely both will improve in FP2 or later in the weekend, if the team can verify the updates are working - something that hasn't always been the case recently.
The session saw many spins and offs, but interestingly none from the Friday only drivers. Sergey Sirotkin stood in for Nico Hulkenberg at Renault whereas Alfonso Celis took the wheel of Sergio Perez' Force India. Both finished 17th and 18th respectively, ahead only of the Sauber duo.
|1||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG||1:05.975||-||38|
|2||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer||1:06.165||+0.190s||23|
|3||77||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes AMG||1:06.345||+0.370s||35|
|5||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer||1:06.620||+0.645s||32|
|7||2||Stoffel Vandoorne||Mclaren Honda||1:07.283||+1.308s||31|
|8||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:07.437||+1.462s||31|
|9||14||Fernando Alonso||Mclaren Honda||1:07.510||+1.535s||28|
|10||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India Mercedes||1:07.511||+1.536s||39|
|11||19||Felipe Massa||Williams Mercedes||1:07.550||+1.575s||29|
|12||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari||1:07.594||+1.619s||30|
|13||55||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:07.633||+1.658s||32|
|15||18||Lance Stroll||Williams Mercedes||1:08.041||+2.066s||35|
|16||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari||1:08.074||+2.099s||20|
|18||34||Alfonso Celis||Force India Mercedes||1:09.280||+3.305s||15|
|19||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber Ferrari||1:09.323||+3.348s||29|
|20||9||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber Ferrari||1:10.853||+4.878s||12|