GP Αυστρίας – FP1- Στην κορυφή ο Hamilton

Στην συννεφιασμένη πίστα της Αυστρίας πραγματοποιήθηκαν τα πρώτα ελεύθερα δοκιμαστικά της φετινής σεζόν της Formula 1 με τον Lewis Hamilton να κατακτά την κορυφή και τους Valterri και Max Verstappen να ακολουθούν.

Μετά από ένα μεγάλο διάστημα απόχης η Formula 1 επιτέλους επέστρεψε αν και λίγο διαφορετική. Οι θεατές απουσίαζαν από τις κερκίδες και όλοι φορούσαν μάσκες λόγου της πανδημίας του κορωνοϊού.

Τον ρυθμό έθεσαν στην αρχή οι Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris και Valtteri Bottas ωστόσο μετά από 20 λεπτά επέστρεψαν στα pit λόγω μιας μικρής βροχής.

Η Ferrari του Sebastian Vettel λίγο αργότερα βγήκε στην πίστα με ενδιάμεσα ελαστικά. Αλλά γρήγορα επέστρεψε στα σλικ καθώς η πίστα δεν ήταν πολύ βρεγμένη.

Κοντευοντας στο ένα τρίτο του FP1 ο Hamilton χρησιμοποιώντας την σκληρή γόμα της Pirelli έκανε τον ταχύτερο γύρο με χρόνο 1:06.994s.

Ο Sergio Perez φαινόταν ότι θα έριχνε τον Hamilton από την κορυφή. Ωστόσο μερικοί καπνοί από το πίσω μέρος του μονοθεσίου του τον ανάγκασαν να επιστρέψει στα pit.

O Hamilton συνέχισε να βελτιώνει τους χρόνους του και ο μόνος που κατάφερε να τον περάσει ήταν ο Stroll. Αλλά ο χρόνος του ακυρώθηκε καθώς παραβίασε τα όρια της πίστας.

Πλησιάζοντας την μία ώρα ο Bottas βρέθηκε στην κορυφή με χρόνο 1:05.486s χρησιμοποιώντας την μαλακή γόμα. Ωστόσο ο Hamilton με 27 λεπτά να απομένουν έριξε τον χρόνο στο 1:04.816s. Χρόνος που παρέμεινε μέχρι το τέλος.

Ο Max Verstappen κατέκτησε την τρίτη θέση με χρόνο 0.6s πιο πίσω από τον Hamilton. Ο Ολλανδός βέβαια είχε την στιγμή του καθώς είχε τετ α κε στην έξοδο της πρώτης στροφής.

Sainz, Perez και Norris ακολούθησαν με τους Albon και Ricciardo πίσω τους.

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas topped the times in first practice for the Austrian Grand Prix, as the on-track action for Formula 1's 2020 season finally got underway.Seven months after the 2019 campaign concluded, the coronavirus-delayed new season began under cloudy skies at the Red Bull Ring, with little action taking place in the first third of the 90-minute session.Most cars were kept in their garages after the field completed the initial installation laps, although the McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, along with Bottas, set the early pace.But the trio joined the rest in the pits after 20 minutes as a wet track was declared following a light smattering of rain.Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel led the field back out for a few laps on the intermediates, but the drivers quickly concluded that the track was not wet enough to use the grooved rubber.Shortly after the session's first third had been completed, Hamilton set his first flying laps on the hard Pirelli rubber, improving on three successive laps to soon claim the top spot with a 1m06.994s.Racing Point's Sergio Perez looked set to depose Hamilton soon afterwards but his RP20 began smoking around his flying lap and he had to abandon his effort so the issue could be rectified.Hamilton continued to improve the best time, briefly interrupted by Lance Stroll before the Racing Point driver had his time deleted for a track limits infringement at the exit of the penultimate corner.A flurry of action in the middle of the session led to Sainz, Stroll and Renault's Daniel Ricciardo enjoying brief spells in first place, with Perez then taking the top spot as soon as he returned to the track to head a brief Racing Point 1-2 with 1m06.052s.But as the session approached the one-hour mark, the Mercedes cars returned to the fray after a chunk of time waiting in their garages, with Bottas bettering Perez's improved best of 1m05.773s to a 1m05.486s on the softs.Hamilton then used his own first effort on the red-walled soft tyres to retake first with a 1m04.968s – attacking the kerbs at the exit for the Turn 7/8 fast chicane and the final with apparent gusto.The world champion then improved the fastest time to a 1m04.816s with 27 minutes remaining, which stood as the session's until the end – Bottas finishing 0.3s in arrears.Max Verstappen took third after spinning his Red Bull at the exit of the first corner – losing the rear as he swung past the apex, echoing the several spins he and teammate Alex Albon had in winter testing.But he quickly got going again and used his softs to climb the order and end up 0.6s slower than Hamilton.Sainz, Perez and Norris finished in positions four-six, with Albon and Ricciardo trailing them.Kevin Magnussen took ninth for Haas, with Charles Leclerc rounding out the top 10 on the medium tyres, 1.1s slower than Hamilton in what was a low-key session for Ferrari.Stroll finished 11th ahead of Vettel, with Esteban Ocon 13th for Renault but stepping out of his car early after it shed a piece of bargeboard bodywork as he ran down the main straight with 20 minutes to go, which required a brief virtual safety car to recover.Several drivers – including Perez – had lock-ups at the tight up-hill right of Turn 3, but it was Turn 1 that appeared to be causing most problems, with Kimi Raikkonen (15th for Alfa Romeo) looking up and running deep there on two occasions.Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) spun in front of George Russell at the final corner late on, which the Williams driver did well to avoid, and the pair finished P16 and P17.Romain Grosjean brought up the rear of the field for Haas with just six laps on the board, as he missed most of the session after reporting a brake issue in the early stages, although he did appear for a final tour in the dying moments.Pos	Driver	Team	Laps	Time	Gap	Int
1	GBR Lewis Hamilton	Mercedes	42	1'04.816
2	FIN Valtteri Bottas	Mercedes	38	1'05.172	0.356	0.356
3	HOL Max Verstappen	Red Bull	37	1'05.418	0.602	0.246
4	ESP Carlos Sainz 	McLaren	41	1'05.431	0.615	0.013
5	MEX Sergio Perez	Racing Point	33	1'05.512	0.696	0.081
6	GBR Lando Norris	McLaren	41	1'05.621	0.805	0.109
7	THA Alexander Albon	Red Bull	29	1'05.701	0.885	0.080
8	AUS Daniel Ricciardo	Renault	29	1'05.860	1.044	0.159
9	DEN Kevin Magnussen	Haas	27	1'05.907	1.091	0.047
10	MON Charles Leclerc	Ferrari	31	1'05.924	1.108	0.017
11	CAN Lance Stroll	Racing Point	34	1'06.074	1.258	0.150
12	GER Sebastian Vettel	Ferrari	32	1'06.077	1.261	0.003
13	FRA Esteban Ocon	Renault	22	1'06.270	1.454	0.193
14	ITA Antonio Giovinazzi	Alfa Romeo	24	1'06.360	1.544	0.090
15	FIN Kimi Raikkonen	Alfa Romeo	28	1'06.365	1.549	0.005
16	FRA Pierre Gasly	AlphaTauri	25	1'06.404	1.588	0.039
17	GBR George Russell	Williiams	27	1'06.495	1.679	0.091
18	CAN Nicholas Latifi	Williams	31	1'06.906	2.090	0.411
19	RUS Daniil Kvyat	AlphaTauri	19	1'06.943	2.127	0.037
20	FRA Romain Grosjean	Haas	6	1'46.361	41.545	39.418$350
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Ο Kevin Magnusen πήρε την ένατη θεση για την Haas με τον Leclerc να κλείνει την δεκάδα της Αυστρίας 1.1 πίσω από τον Hamilton χωρίς να χρησιμοποιήσει την μαλακή γόμα.

Ο Stroll βρέθηκε στην ενδέκατη θέση, ενώ είχε πίσω του τον Sebastian Vettel.

O Ocon βρέθηκε στην 13η θέση με την Renault.

Στην 14η και 15η θέση βρέθηκαν οι δύο Alfa Romeo με τον Giovinazzi μπροστά. Ο Kimi Raikkonen από την μεριά του είχε ένα πολύ δυνατό μπλοκάρισμα στην πρώτη στροφή.

Ο 16ος Gasly είχε τετ α κε στην τελευταία στροφή και ο 17ος George Russell ίσα που πρόλαβε να τον αποφύγει.

Latifi και Kvyat ακολούθησαν ενώ o Romain Grosjean δεν έκανε ούτε ένα γύρο.

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Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas topped the times in first practice for the Austrian Grand Prix, as the on-track action for Formula 1's 2020 season finally got underway.Seven months after the 2019 campaign concluded, the coronavirus-delayed new season began under cloudy skies at the Red Bull Ring, with little action taking place in the first third of the 90-minute session.Most cars were kept in their garages after the field completed the initial installation laps, although the McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, along with Bottas, set the early pace.But the trio joined the rest in the pits after 20 minutes as a wet track was declared following a light smattering of rain.Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel led the field back out for a few laps on the intermediates, but the drivers quickly concluded that the track was not wet enough to use the grooved rubber.Shortly after the session's first third had been completed, Hamilton set his first flying laps on the hard Pirelli rubber, improving on three successive laps to soon claim the top spot with a 1m06.994s.Racing Point's Sergio Perez looked set to depose Hamilton soon afterwards but his RP20 began smoking around his flying lap and he had to abandon his effort so the issue could be rectified.Hamilton continued to improve the best time, briefly interrupted by Lance Stroll before the Racing Point driver had his time deleted for a track limits infringement at the exit of the penultimate corner.A flurry of action in the middle of the session led to Sainz, Stroll and Renault's Daniel Ricciardo enjoying brief spells in first place, with Perez then taking the top spot as soon as he returned to the track to head a brief Racing Point 1-2 with 1m06.052s.But as the session approached the one-hour mark, the Mercedes cars returned to the fray after a chunk of time waiting in their garages, with Bottas bettering Perez's improved best of 1m05.773s to a 1m05.486s on the softs.Hamilton then used his own first effort on the red-walled soft tyres to retake first with a 1m04.968s – attacking the kerbs at the exit for the Turn 7/8 fast chicane and the final with apparent gusto.The world champion then improved the fastest time to a 1m04.816s with 27 minutes remaining, which stood as the session's until the end – Bottas finishing 0.3s in arrears.Max Verstappen took third after spinning his Red Bull at the exit of the first corner – losing the rear as he swung past the apex, echoing the several spins he and teammate Alex Albon had in winter testing.But he quickly got going again and used his softs to climb the order and end up 0.6s slower than Hamilton.Sainz, Perez and Norris finished in positions four-six, with Albon and Ricciardo trailing them.Kevin Magnussen took ninth for Haas, with Charles Leclerc rounding out the top 10 on the medium tyres, 1.1s slower than Hamilton in what was a low-key session for Ferrari.Stroll finished 11th ahead of Vettel, with Esteban Ocon 13th for Renault but stepping out of his car early after it shed a piece of bargeboard bodywork as he ran down the main straight with 20 minutes to go, which required a brief virtual safety car to recover.Several drivers – including Perez – had lock-ups at the tight up-hill right of Turn 3, but it was Turn 1 that appeared to be causing most problems, with Kimi Raikkonen (15th for Alfa Romeo) looking up and running deep there on two occasions.Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) spun in front of George Russell at the final corner late on, which the Williams driver did well to avoid, and the pair finished P16 and P17.Romain Grosjean brought up the rear of the field for Haas with just six laps on the board, as he missed most of the session after reporting a brake issue in the early stages, although he did appear for a final tour in the dying moments.Pos	Driver	Team	Laps	Time	Gap	Int
1	GBR Lewis Hamilton	Mercedes	42	1'04.816
2	FIN Valtteri Bottas	Mercedes	38	1'05.172	0.356	0.356
3	HOL Max Verstappen	Red Bull	37	1'05.418	0.602	0.246
4	ESP Carlos Sainz 	McLaren	41	1'05.431	0.615	0.013
5	MEX Sergio Perez	Racing Point	33	1'05.512	0.696	0.081
6	GBR Lando Norris	McLaren	41	1'05.621	0.805	0.109
7	THA Alexander Albon	Red Bull	29	1'05.701	0.885	0.080
8	AUS Daniel Ricciardo	Renault	29	1'05.860	1.044	0.159
9	DEN Kevin Magnussen	Haas	27	1'05.907	1.091	0.047
10	MON Charles Leclerc	Ferrari	31	1'05.924	1.108	0.017
11	CAN Lance Stroll	Racing Point	34	1'06.074	1.258	0.150
12	GER Sebastian Vettel	Ferrari	32	1'06.077	1.261	0.003
13	FRA Esteban Ocon	Renault	22	1'06.270	1.454	0.193
14	ITA Antonio Giovinazzi	Alfa Romeo	24	1'06.360	1.544	0.090
15	FIN Kimi Raikkonen	Alfa Romeo	28	1'06.365	1.549	0.005
16	FRA Pierre Gasly	AlphaTauri	25	1'06.404	1.588	0.039
17	GBR George Russell	Williiams	27	1'06.495	1.679	0.091
18	CAN Nicholas Latifi	Williams	31	1'06.906	2.090	0.411
19	RUS Daniil Kvyat	AlphaTauri	19	1'06.943	2.127	0.037
20	FRA Romain Grosjean	Haas	6	1'46.361	41.545	39.418$350
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