Austrian GP Day 2: Tension and temperatures soars

It has been a day of high temperatures and hot laps in Spielberg – but it was not only the brilliant sunshine at the Red Bull Ring that made for a hot day as the first two free practice sessions of Formula 1 got underway in a day characterised by gusting wind and sweltering heat.

Besides the F1, F2, F3 and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup action, the Red Bull Driftbrothers brought fans to their feet. While those who did not bear the sun anymore could enjoy the Racing Simulator and other F1-inspired challenges in the Fanzone.

Review: Highlights of F1’s 1. Free Practice

11:00: 26 degrees Celsius. Chance of Rain: 0%. The lights go GREEN and Max Verstappen is the first driver out on track.
11:05: The first fast time is set by Carlos Sainz in 1:14.185 mins.
11:14: Oil is leaking at Valtteri Bottas’ car. Engine change.
11:28: Max Verstappen’s engineer reminds the Dutch driver about the DRS function on the straights. “Ooops, I forgot about that,” Verstappen laughs over the radio. It’s just a practice run…
11:45: Halftime – Verstappen (1:05.488) leads Bottas (1:05.909) and Lewis Hamilton (1:06.010)
12:21: Official track temperature: 50 degrees Celsius.
12:26: RED FLAG. Niko Hülkenberg lost a part of his front wing after exceeding track limits in Turn 9.
12:30: END OF SESSION, no return to track. Hamilton (1:04.838) leads Sebastian Vettel (1:04.982) and Bottas (1:04.999). Times are much closer than at the previous round in France.
12:31: A total of nine front wings were destroyed in the morning session.
12:55: Sanctions for Sainz (exceeding limits on spare parts everywhere) and Albon (exceeding engine and MGU-K limits).

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Review: Highlights of F1’s 2. Free Practice

15:00: 52°C on track, 30°C ambient. Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen first to go out for the second practice session.
15:12: Another front wing brakes: First Hülk hits the kerbs, some moments later it is Antonio Giovinazzi.
15:35: End of session for Max Verstappen as the rear part of his car and the right rear wheel are badly damaged. His answer on the radio: “F***, F***, F***.
15:45: Halftime. Bottas (1:05.417) leads Hamilton (1:05.529) and Sainz (1:05.545)
15.46: End of session for Bottas who loses the rear at Turn 6 and ends up in the gravel.
15:57: Similar incident for Vettel who loses the rear going into the last corner and without gravel. Had a lucky escape there, dude!
16:02 “The wind has been a factor,” Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team boss Christian Horner says to Sky about the Verstappen accident. “Frustrating!” he adds.
16:20: “The wind got a lot heavier this afternoon and the track is punishing mistakes more than usual,” says Bottas.
16:23: Sainz has a similar problem at the same place like Bottas – but was not as fast.
16:30: END of FP2. Leclerc (1:05.086) in front of Bottas (1:05.417) and Pierre Gasly (1:05.487).

What to expect Saturday:

9 to 11: Styrian Green Carpet
11.15 to 11.25: Red Bull Driftbrothers
12 to 13: F1 Third Practice Session
13.25 to 13.55: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Qualifying
15 to 16: F1 Qualifying
18 to 18.20: The Flying Bulls Air Show
18.40 to 19.10: Legends Parade
19: Concert Thorsteinn Einarsson
20.15: Concert The Bosshoss
21.45: Concert Wanda

Left it to the last minute? There are still tickets available on the door. Box office opening times:

SA: 08.00 – 18.00
SU: 08.00 – 15.00

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