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Red Bull Is In Trouble And Attacks DAS; Mercedes Is The Best

The pink Mercedes is very strong – this is the easiest way to quickly assess the second free practice within the Austrian Grand Prix.

Apparently neither the break nor the stopping of the production could stop the Mercedes F1 team. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas continued where they left of at the end of the previous season, i.e. on the top. True enough, Bottas got closed to his brand mate but based on the events seen so far, it is hard to imagine that any could pressure them.

The situation behind the German duo is of real interest. Sergio Perez was the third with his pink vehicle running as fast as the wind blows, whereas Sebastian Vettel and the Ferrari could do nothing else, but to fall behind.

The battle behind them is pretty tight, Daniel Ricciardo took over the McLaren racer Lance Stroll, and the Red Bull racers, whose performance was lower than expected. The Austrian team was left only one second behind, this being eventually the reason for them to be a little worried. The energy drink team did not remained passive, a few minutes ago they filed a complaint with the FIA.

This free training was not without drifting either, Bottas, Albon, Kvyat and Latifi each showed us a pirouette. The competition supervisors had a lot to do as well, Hamilton and Stroll were fined for drifting out of the track.

1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:04.304   42
2 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:04.501 +0.197s 37
3 11 Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:04.945 +0.641s 48
4 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:04.961 +0.657s 48
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT 1:04.972 +0.668s 36
6 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN RENAULT 1:05.087 +0.783s 38
7 18 Lance Stroll RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:05.135 +0.831s 48
8 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:05.215 +0.911s 41
9 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:05.298 +0.994s 46
10 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 1:05.352 +1.048s 37
11 31 Esteban Ocon RENAULT 1:05.415 +1.111s 42
12 26 Daniil Kvyat ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:05.443 +1.139s 34
13 23 Alexander Albon RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:05.453 +1.149s 47
14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:05.608 +1.304s 49
15 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:05.678 +1.374s 44
16 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:05.908 +1.604s 50
17 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:06.016 +1.712s 51
18 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:06.125 +1.821s 40
19 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:06.278 +1.974s 44
20 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:07.124 +2.820s 45

Author: Tóth Krisztián Márk

Photo: F1

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