Formula One arrived at Austria for the season's first double header. As cars hit the track just 5 days after the French Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton ended up topping a very eventful the session.
As Vettel and Verstappen - cheered on again by a large number of Dutch fans - went out early, Valtteri Bottas took it easy, as he was forced to sit out a large part of the beginning due to an oil leak that required changing the car's power unit.
After Verstappen set the early pace, many drivers were reminded of the circuit's brutal sausage kerbs. Lerclec for one heavily scrubbed the underside of his Ferrari at one point while Lance Stroll lost a small piece of front wing. Hulkenberg did better yet, ditching the left half of his front wing and bringing out the red flag to clear up the mess.
So, it was Hamilton who ended up fastest on the soft tyres, with Vettel second fastest with the mediums. His team mate, Charles Leclerc was 4th fastest, though his work was mainly related to testing a new nose cone for the Ferrari.
Valtteri Bottas was third, despite being unhappy about his car's balance, leaving Red Bull's duo in 5th and 6th.
Sainz and Ricciardo led the fight for the midfield, followed by Magnussen and Norris.
|5||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:05.260||+0.422s||30|
|6||10||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:05.378||+0.540s||30|
|7||55||Carlos Sainz||McLaren Renault||1:05.502||+0.664s||34|
|9||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari||1:05.876||+1.038s||27|
|10||4||Lando Norris||McLaren Renault||1:06.125||+1.287s||27|
|11||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari||1:06.135||+1.297s||20|
|12||26||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:06.272||+1.434s||29|
|13||23||Alexander Albon||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:06.285||+1.447s||32|
|15||11||Sergio Perez||Racing Point Bwt Mercedes||1:06.457||+1.619s||36|
|16||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:06.708||+1.870s||30|
|17||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:06.729||+1.891s||23|
|18||18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point Bwt Mercedes||1:06.756||+1.918s||29|
|19||63||George Russell||Williams Mercedes||1:06.805||+1.967s||28|
|20||88||Robert Kubica||Williams Mercedes||1:07.665||+2.827s||28|