Max fifth after first practice at Red Bull Ring

Published on 28 June 2019 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen opened his Austrian Grand Prix weekend with a fifth place in the opening practice session at the Red Bull Ring. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was quickest, ahead Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Valtteri Bottas, in the second Silver Arrow, completed the top three.

When at the start of the session, Max heads out on track, two things stand out; Max’ special edition yellow Jumbo helmet and the aero-rack gracing the RB15. The team is using the rack to measure the aero flow of the new front wing, To get an accurate comparison, Max returns to the pits after a few laps to switch to the old front wing.

Once the aero measuring equipment is removed, Max sets about his business, gaining valuable lap time in a quest to find a good set-up. Initially, the Dutchman is among the fastest drivers on track, but nearer the end of practice, Mercedes restores order with Hamilton setting the quickest time. Ferrari is also in the mix with Vettel and Charles Leclerc finishing the session in second and fourth.

As has become tradition, Friday practice is fairly uneventful, with the exception of the red flag in the closing minutes; Nico Hulkenberg has lost half of his front wing after a trip over the kerbstones.

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Results first free practice Austria:

1Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:04.838 34
2Sebastian VettelVETFerrari1:04.982+0.144s23
3Valtteri BottasBOTMercedes1:04.999+0.161s37
4Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:05.141+0.303s26
5Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda1:05.260+0.422s30
6Pierre GaslyGASRed Bull Racing Honda1:05.378+0.540s30
7Carlos SainzSAIMcLaren Renault1:05.502+0.664s34
8Daniel RicciardoRICRenault1:05.846+1.008s27
9Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:05.876+1.038s27
10Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Renault1:06.125+1.287s27
11Romain GrosjeanGROHaas Ferrari1:06.135+1.297s20
12Daniil KvyatKVYScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:06.272+1.434s29
13Alexander AlbonALBScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:06.285+1.447s32
14Nico HulkenbergHULRenault1:06.383+1.545s30
15Sergio PerezPERRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:06.457+1.619s36
16Antonio GiovinazziGIOAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:06.708+1.870s30
17Kimi RäikkönenRAIAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:06.729+1.891s23
18Lance StrollSTRRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:06.756+1.918s29
19George RussellRUSWilliams Mercedes1:06.805+1.967s28
20Robert KubicaKUBWilliams Mercedes1:07.665+2.827s28