Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) set the fastest time in the first free practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix, 11th round of the Formula 1 World Championship, on Friday at the Spielberg circuit.

Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) set the fastest time in the first free practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix, round 11 of the Formula 1 World Championship …

Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) set the fastest time in the first free practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix, 11th round of the Formula 1 World Championship, on Friday at the Spielberg circuit.

In the unusually windy lands of Red Bull, the reigning world champion and provisional leader of the drivers ’championship has completed the fastest lap of the session in 1 min 06 s 302 / 1000th.

It is ahead of the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) by 255/1000 and the Mercedes of the British George Russell by 400/1000.

The other Red Bull of the Mexican Sergio Pérez has scored the 4th time, ahead of the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

The winner of the last round in Britain last week, Spaniard Carlos Sainz, is only 7th.

Valtteri Bottas, on Friday 14th, will leave the GP on Sunday from the bottom of the grid after changing several parts of his power unit, exceeding the authorized quota.

Victim of a spectacular road trip to England, the Chinese Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) did take part in these first tests in Austria, failing in 18th place.

During this first session, the British Lando Norris was forced to retire after a technical problem with his car, causing the first red flag of the session.

A second red flag interrupted the session again, following the flows observed on the track.

After this first free practice session, the classification will follow at 17:00 local time (15:00 GMT).

The Austrian GP is the second of three races this season featuring a sprint race on Saturday, a format inaugurated last season.

With sprint races, the classic (time trial) classifications are thus advanced from Saturday to Friday. His result defines the starting order of a race of about 30 minutes on Saturday, which defines the starting grid of Sunday’s GP.

Since reintegrating the Austrian Grand Prix at the world championships, Verstappen has won it three times (2018, 2019, 2021), a record of victories he shares with Alain Prost. But on the Spielberg route, the Dutchman has four successes since he also won the Styrian Grand Prix there last year (which he later doubled with the Austrian GP).

. 1st free training session:

1. Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull) 1: 06.302 (34 laps)

2. Charles Leclerc (MON / Ferrari) 1: 06.557 (32)

3. George Russell (GBR / Mercedes) 1: 06.702 (32)

4. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Red Bull) 1: 06.839 (27)

5. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) 1: 06.909 (31)

6. Kevin Magnussen (DEN / Haas-Ferrari) 1: 06.965 (32)

7. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP / Ferrari) 1: 07.039 (29)

8. Fernando Alonso (ESP / Alpine-Renault) 1: 07.100 (32)

9. Mick Schumacher (GER / Haas-Ferrari) 1: 07.246 (32)

10. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN / AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 1: 07.296 (33)

11. Lance Stroll (CAN / Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1: 07.431 (26)

12. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Alpine-Renault) 1: 07.462 (27)

13. Sebastian Vettel (GER / Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1: 07.476 (29)

14. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Alfa Romeo) 1: 07.522 (27)

15. Alexander Albon (THA / Williams-Mercedes) 1: 07.582 (32)

16. Pierre Gasly (FRA / AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 1: 07.592 (33)

17. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / McLaren-Mercedes) 1: 07.743 (25)

18. Zhou Guanyu (CHN / Alfa Romeo) 1: 07.889 (28)

19. Nicholas Latifi (CAN / Williams-Mercedes) 1: 08.149 (28)

20. Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren-Mercedes) 1: 09.915 (14)

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