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The introductory training at the Austrian GP was won by Verstappen, the second was won by Hamilton

Leonhard Foeger, Reuters

The reigning champion indicated that he could attack the fourth victory of the season and end a series of four Red Bull triumphs. The British pilot last won the Spanish Grand Prix in May. Since then, Verstappen has triumphed three times and Sergio Pérez once. However, the 23-year-old Dutchman is attacking his team’s home track for the third consecutive victory and a possible highlighting of the lead at the head of the World Cup. He is currently 18 points ahead of Hamilton.

While both Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were in the top five in the first practice, they were replaced in the afternoon by the elite company of Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin.

Stroll also corrected the failed noon section, during which he finished twice in the “hours”. During the second practice, for example, Leclerc or Lando Norris from McLaren found themselves off the track. Kimi Räikkönen also had an emotional ascent in the introductory part, who had to go off the track during one of Nikita Mazepin’s overtaking and, in addition to calling the Russian opponent an idiot, he also picked up a mediator in his direction.

The young British rider Callum Ilott also appeared in the first practice, replacing Antonio Giovinazzi in Alfa Romeo. Roy Nissany took the place of George Russell in Williams and the current F2 leader Chou Kuan-jü coached the Alpine team instead of Fernando Alonso. He became the second Chinese after Ma Qinghu to appear on the track during the F1 race weekend. He finally set the 14th time.

The program of the Austrian Grand Prix continues with Saturday’s third training and subsequent qualification from 15:00 CEST.

Trainings for the Austrian Grand Prix, Formula 1 World Championship race in Spielberg:
First training:
1. Verstappen (Niz./Red Bull) 1:05,143
2. Leclerc (Mon./Ferrari) -0,266
3. Sainz (Šp./Ferrari) -0,288
4. Bottas (Fin./Mercedes) -0.302
5. Cunoda (Jap./AlphaTauri) -0331
6. Raikkonen (Fin./Alfa Romeo) -0.433.
Second training:
1. Hamilton (Brit./Mercedes) 1:04,523
2. Bottas -0.189
3. Verstappen -0,217
4. Stroll (Kan./Aston Martin) -0,616
5. Vettel (Germany / Aston Martin) -0.745
6. Cunoda -0833


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