Austrian GP: Hamilton completes the Friday double

Lewis Hamilton completed a double in Friday practice, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas. Track conditions still tricky, as most drivers spin or run wide.

Austrian GP: Hamilton completes the Friday double
Lewis Hamilton's time was the fastest lap ever at the Red Bull Ring. (Image Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Second Practice for the Austrian Grand Prix, finishing a tenth and a half quicker than Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel. 

The Mercedes driver lapped the Red Bull Ring in 1:05.483s, which enabled him to complete the Friday practice double, after earlier topping the First Practice session. 

Vettel was 0.147s slower in the Ferrari, but still managed to split the two Mercedes drivers, with Valtteri Bottas slotting into third. 

Max Verstappen narrowly got the better of Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who suffered from a turbo problem and missed nearly half of the 90 minute session. 

The only other driver within a second of Hamilton was Kimi Raikkonen, the Ferrari driver 0.661s slower than the benchmark. 

Kevin Magnussen was best of the rest in seventh for Haas, a tenth ahead of Fernando Alonso's McLaren.

Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean rounded out the top 10 for Renault and Haas respectively. 

Hamilton asserts dominance

After the opening gambits, it was Bottas and Hamilton who traded fastest lap, with the Finn having the advantage, but only after Hamilton had aborted a potentially faster lap than the 1:05.700s that Bottas had set on the red marked super-soft tyre. 

Once the initial runs had been completed, drivers switched to the purple marked ultra-soft tyres, and Bottas improved, but only by 0.001s after running wide in the final two corners and lost a heap of time. 

He soon spun at Turn 6, before Vettel took top spot, but only briefly before Hamilton's own ultra-soft run resulted in the 1:05.483s that would see him top the session. 

It was also the new fastest lap of the Red Bull Ring, the second time Hamilton had set that after doing the same in first practice. 

Conditions still tricky

As cloud cover threatened a cloudburst, which didn't materalise, understeer was a recurring theme, especially through the in-field, with Bottas, Alonso and Marcus Ericsson in the Sauber all going off and into the gravel. 

Turn 9 was also a tricky point, with Carlos Sainz running wide, before hitting a rumble strip and the car violently snapping to the left. 

Grosjean also ran wide here, and immediately told his Haas team that there was a problem with the car. 

Alonso's session was disrupted, following a floor issue, but he still managed to haul the McLaren-Honda into the top eight. 

Stoffel Vandoorne also had a reliable day, a tenth behind Alonso, but four places down. 

There was more misery for Jolyon Palmer, as his Renault developed another engine problem, restricting him to only a handful of laps, while team-mate Hulkenberg was able to secure a top 10 place in the session. 

The two Sauber's were more than a second off the pace, ending up three seconds behind Hamilton, and 1.1s slower than the handicapped Palmer.

The session ended with Danill Kvyat's Toro Rosso crawling back into the pits with the rear brakes on fire.

2017 Austrian GP - Second Practice Classification

Position Driver Team Time/Gap
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:05.483s
2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +0.147s
3. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.216s
4. Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.349s
5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +0.390s
6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +0.661s
7. Kevin Magnussen Haas +1.108s
8. Fernando Alonso McLaren +1.249s
9. Nico Hulkenberg Renault +1.252s
10. Romain Grosjean Haas +1.280s
11. Esteban Ocon Force India  +1.366s
12. Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren +1.376s
13. Danill Kvyat Toro Rosso +1.423s
14. Felipe Massa Williams +1.582s
15. Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso +1.617s
16. Lance Stroll  Williams +1.985s
17. Sergio Perez Force India  +2.026s
18. Jolyon Palmer  Renault +2.140s
19. Pascal Wehrlein Sauber +3.299s
20. Marcus Ericsson Sauber +3.387s

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