FP2: Verstappen fastest as rain might wash out Saturday

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen ended up fastest the second 90-minute practice session on Friday at Spielberg. The Dutchman used medium tyres to end up narrowly quicker than Valtteri Bottas on the softest compound.

In light of a possible cancellation of Saturday's running, teams were wary that today's FP2 times could end up being the starting order for the Styrian Grand Prix.

Both Racing Point drivers demonstrated great pace in their pink cars once again, with Perez just 2 tenths down on Verstappen, and three up on team mate Stroll who finished 4th fastest.

Carlos Sainz was fifth fastest, ahead of Lewis Hamilton. The latter was fastest in all three practice sessions last weekend, right on his team mate's tail in qualifying, quick in the race. Yet today his pace has gone missing, to such an extent he was willing to sit out a chunk of FP2 as the team investigated the alignment of his car.

And finally, Daniel Ricciardo, who ended up crashing his Renault R.S.20 heavily. The Australian lost control of his car at Turn 9, and badly damaged the car against the barriers. The team confirmed that the driver is okay, though he was limping heavily when he got out of the car.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
133Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:03.660-27
277Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:03.703+0.043s35
311Sergio PerezRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:03.877+0.217s43
418Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:04.241+0.581s43
555Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault1:04.333+0.673s44
644Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:04.348+0.688s26
723Alexander AlbonRed Bull Racing Honda1:04.437+0.777s28
84Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:04.541+0.881s30
916Charles LeclercFerrari1:04.706+1.046s34
1031Esteban OconRenault1:04.746+1.086s32
1110Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri Honda1:04.757+1.097s36
1226Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri Honda1:05.050+1.390s33
137Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:05.152+1.492s23
1499Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:05.365+1.705s35
1563George RussellWilliams Mercedes1:05.588+1.928s33
165Sebastian VettelFerrari1:05.613+1.953s39
176Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:05.655+1.995s48
1820Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:05.790+2.130s36
198Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:06.096+2.436s37
203Daniel RicciardoRenault--2