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By Michael Emons

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  1. Back at 10:30 BST

    That was a very dramatic session so hopefully more of the same on Saturday. We will be live from 10:30 BST for the third session, before qualifying at 14:00 BST.

    Thanks for joining us today and for all your comments. Have a good night and see you all again tomorrow. Bye for now.

  2. Post update

    These were the times from that second session.

  3. Leclerc tops dramatic practice session - read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    Valtteri Bottas crashes

    Ferrari's Charles Leclerc set the pace in a dramatic second practice session at the Austrian Grand Prix as Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen crashed.

    Mercedes driver Bottas and Red Bull's Verstappen both went off heavily, the session stopped each time for their badly damaged cars to be recovered. And Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel also had a big spin, just avoiding a crash.

    Leclerc ended up ahead of Bottas, Red Bull's Pierre Gasly and championship leader Lewis Hamilton. It is almost unprecedented for three such big-name drivers to have such significant incidents in one session - especially when no-one else crashed.

    And it meant the times were not representative because, of the top four at the end of the session, only Leclerc and Gasly completed qualifying-style laps on low fuel, and even Leclerc's was compromised.

    The Monegasque had to back off on his first flying lap because Vettel had gone off at Turn 10 ahead of him.

  4. 'Fascinating day'

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    What a day of Formula 1 action. As a Friday goes, that is as interesting as it gets really. Three main protagonists - two of them in the wall and one - Vettel - very close.

    We've seen a lot of drama. Fascinating day.

    Valtteri Bottas
  5. BreakingLeclerc fastest in second practice

    Lewis Hamilton was fastest earlier on and now it's Charles Leclerc who takes the honours in the second session.

    The Ferrari man set a time of 1:05.086, but the main headlines were the prangs for Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas and the almost-accident and trip through the gravel from Sebastian Vettel.

    1. Leclerc
    2. Bottas
    3. Gasly
    4. Hamilton
    5. Sainz
    6. Grosjean
    7. Raikkonen
    8. Vettel
    9. Verstappen
    10. Norris
    11. Magnussen
    12. Perez
    13. Albon
    14. Giovinazzi
    15. Kvyat
    16. Hulkenberg
    17. Ricciardo
    18. Stroll
    19. Russell
    20. Kubica
  6. Post update

    Daniil Kvyat cuts across a bit of grass, but avoids a slipping or a sliding.

  7. Post update

    No further action for either Charles Leclerc or Antonio Giovinazzi.

  8. Post update

    Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi nearly have an on-track meeting. "What was he doing," said Leclerc.

    But the pair avoid contact and escape unscathed.

  9. 'So many mistakes'

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    Sainz, hard tyres, turns it in and the rear got away from him. He caught it and got away with it. Fairly harmless for Sainz but another mistake. So many mistakes today!

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  10. Sainz through the gravel

    Carlos Sainz gives us a bit more excitement. He wobbles, just where Bottas ploughed into the wall, but the Spaniard is luckier than the Finn was, driving through the gravel and is able to keep moving and then gets back on to the track.

  11. Post update

    Ten minutes to go. Anyone else to find a wall? This has been a cracking second practice with Verstappen, Bottas and Vettel all having big incidents.

    We needed a good session after not too much happening earlier on today and nothing at all happening in last week's race.

  12. Post update

    Williams, sadly once again, in their now customary positions. George Russell, 19th, Robert Kubica, 20th.

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  13. How they stand

    1. Leclerc (Ferrari, 1:05.086, softs)
    2. Bottas (Mercedes, +0.331, softs)
    3. Gasly (Red Bull, +0.401, softs)
    4. Hamilton (Mercedes, +0.443, softs)
    5. Sainz (McLaren, +0.459, mediums)
    6. Grosjean (Haas, +0.615, softs)
    7. Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo, +0.642, softs)
    8. Vettel (Ferrari, +0.785, softs)
    9. Verstappen (Red Bull, +0.793, softs)
    10. Norris (McLaren, +0.866, medium)

    McLaren had a good qualifying last time out, getting both cars into the top seven, and are looking strong again as a potential 'best of the rest', or even maybe more if the 'big three' keep sending their cars into walls.

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    Crossing The Tracks: So far today Hulkenberg, Verstappen and Bottas l have all smashed up their cars and Vettel's been in the gravel...this is dull you say?

    Certainly not at the moment!

    Sebastian Vettel
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    Leclerc, in among all the chaos, has managed to set the fastest time of 1:05.086.

    Valtteri Bottas, whose car is being fixed, is second, with Pierre Gasly third and Lewis Hamilton fourth.

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    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    The fact Vettel lost in on the way into the corner rather than on the way out has given him enough breathing space to not hit the wall basically.

  17. A crazy 30 minutes

    Verstappen - spun, into the wall, right rear damage.

    Bottas - spun, into the wall, front mangled

    Vettel - spun, tyres ruined, lap ruined, through the gravel

    That's a pretty good spell for Lewis Hamilton right there. At least Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari still have plenty of time to fix their cars before qualifying tomorrow.

    Sebastian Vettel
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    Jack Nicholls

    BBC Radio 5 Live F1 commentator

    Everyone's spinning! What's going on?

  19. Vettel through the gravel

    Vettel was on a flyer, the sector time had gone purple, but he spins, locks up and is then a passenger. He slides backwards, unable to stop, but, luckily for him, comes to a halt before hitting the wall.

    Still, the tyres will be ruined and maybe the floor too.

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