Hamilton set for gearbox penalty in Austria

Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso hoping for better luck next time

Azerbaijan Grand Prix victor Ricciardo was 0.39 seconds off in the second session and 0.645 back in the morning.

The British driver, who won here from the front previous year, was 0.147 seconds faster than championship leader Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari in the afternoon and 0.19 ahead of Max Verstappen's Red Bull in the morning. The Mercedes driver's fastest lap was posted on the soft compound, despite an earlier lap on the ultrasoft, and left him 0.190s clear of Max Verstappen in the Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of first practice for the Austrian Grand Prix as McLaren ended the opening session with both cars in the top 10.

The triple Formula One world champion, who has been on pole position at the Red Bull Ring for the past two years, was favourite for the hat-trick to move closer to Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 68.

"There's already a nice balance", Hamilton said. "I think it was [a productive day], as we were evaluating all the new bits we had in the vehicle today and it was interesting".

The world champions have ruled out any possibility that the damage to the unit was done when world championship leader Sebastian Vettel twice hit Hamilton's auto in Baku. "We'll see what happens tomorrow".




"I still struggled myself to put a good lap together but the auto definitely has a lot of pace".

"It is a short track so you'd imagine it would be close".

"It was another good Friday today and we seemed to be relatively competitive", he said. The track felt pretty good from the get go, the grip was wonderful from the start.

Several drivers were unable to keep their vehicles on track in Friday practice, with Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Fernando Alonso among those ending up on the gravel at various points throughout the day.

"I think we could have been a bit faster".

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