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By Michael Emons

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  1. 'It's a good track for me'

    Andrew Benson

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

    Valtteri Bottas

    Valtteri Bottas has never been out-qualified by a team-mate at the Red Bull Ring, and he is well aware he ideally needs to keep that run up if he is to start eating back into team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s already substantial championship lead.

    “It’s a good track for me and the challenge is to keep it that way,” said the Finn, who says that at most tracks there is a corner here or there that you can never get quite right, but somehow this one has always just clicked for him. It’s a good time for it to come for Bottas, because as he admits: “The next few races for me are going to be really important. I need to close the gap to stay in the championship fight.”

    He says he has analysed why he was off the pace in France last weekend, and “it’s good to understand it. “Driving style and tyre management, Lewis did a better job,” which he put down to a divergence on set-up. But he’s going to keep ploughing his own furrow on that front because he says there have been other times Hamilton has followed his direction come qualifying.

    “This is my best season so far and the only slightly annoying thing is there have been small things at some races I should have done better.” As for the pressure to deliver a proper contest, he says: “It’s not pressure. I feel well supported. A lot of people are willing me on. I thank them for all the support.”

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    George Russell goes a bit wayward and promptly sticks the blame on to Nico Hulkenberg.

    By the way, Valtteri Bottas is out there now so we've got all 20 in action. A good start to the weekend.

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    Seb's dad might not be too happy at this one as Vettel moves down to second as Max Verstappen, for Red Bull at the Red Bull Ring, sends in the fastest lap of the session so far.

    1. Verstappen 1:06.100
    2. Vettel +0.060
    3. Leclerc +0.069
    4. Hamilton +0.159
    5. Ricciardo +0.166
    6. Sainz +0.169

    We would take only two tenths between the top six when qualifying takes place tomorrow.

    Tyres - Verstappen, Vettel, Leclerc (medium); Hamilton, Ricciardo, Sainz (soft)

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    A reminder of how we stand in the title race, well, procession.

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    Andrew Benson

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

    The Tyrol has caught the heatwave that is hitting southern and central Europe this week and it’s hot. Gosh, it’s hot. Like, 22C at 08:00 hot. The mercury is expected to peak at 29C or so on Friday, rising into the low- to mid-30Cs on race day.

    There was a brief storm on Thursday evening, and a deluge. But there’s no sign of it on Friday, although of course in the mountains you can never be entirely sure. In the meantime, spare a thought for the mechanics, on their feet in the garages all day, but also for the drivers, cocooned in four-layer fireproof overalls, underwear, balaclavas and helmets. They’re going to bake.

    Toro Rosso walk the track
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    What is wrong with Formula 1 and how do you fix it?

    Grahame Baker: Most races look more like parades. How to fix it? Abandon qualifying, except for first race of the season. Each race grid to be reverse of finishing positions at the previous race - last in previous race starts on pole, etc.

    Daniel Humble: Cars cannot follow in dirty air, Drivers are scared about overtaking due to penalties being handed out, midfield being so far off the pace from the front three, I can carry on and on.

    Ryan Mould: What is wrong with F1 is dominance by one team, knowing the outcome before FP1. I would bring back refuelling pit stops, allow teams to freely develop in year without these idiotic penalties.

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    Twenty minutes gone and no sign of the Mercedes pair so, as you would probably have guessed, the Ferrari two are first and second at the moment. Sebastian Vettel leads the way with a 1:06.160 on the mediums, with Charles Leclerc only 0.009 slower, also on the mediums. Pierre Gasly is third, also on mediums.

    The softs are the early tyre of choice for Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, who are fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

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    We've seen Valtteri Bottas backstage drinking his normal espresso. He may have time for another one...

  9. No change to tyres

    There has been talk of some changes to the tyres for the rest of this season. Well, not any more..

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  10. 'The engineers are on the edge of their seats'

    Andrew Benson

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

    What could stop Mercedes winning again this weekend? Well, reliability for one. Both cars retired with hydraulic failures at this race last year and Lewis Hamilton said: “Here is one of the toughest races,” he said. “Last year, we had a double DNF so for sure you imagine all the engineers are on the edge of their seats a bit nervous because it’s always hot here. It’s 700m altitude. There are only 10 corners, but the cars are always on the limit in terms of cooling.

    "The cars are heavier this year so the brakes are going to be even worse and they end up having to open up the car to create cooling and that is always worse for the car aerodynamically, so you lose performance and some teams have to do it less than others, It is going to be an interesting weekend.

    "I don’t know how we’re going to do, but I am here to do the same I’m hoping we can stay up there, Ferrari’s car works differently on different tracks so it is going to be interesting to see where we stand with them and Red Bull were quick here last year so it will be interesting to see how they do also.”

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    Listen live to our commentary shortly by pressing the play button at the top of this page. We have Jack Nicholls, Jolyon Palmer and Claire Cottingham as our commentary team for this one.

    We understand there are a few technical problems at the moment, but normal service will be resumed soon.

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    Your pretty lucky if you've got tickets for this one. It's a beautiful day in Austria. If you are there, we're always in the market for any pictures you may have of what's going on.

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    We're off and running for first practice. Ninety minutes to have a first play.

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    How's your week been? Done much?

    Not matter what you've done, you've not had a more exciting time than Pierre Gasly.

    How to prepare for a race? Well, Gasly took to the skies, along with reigning Red Bull Air Race world champion Pilot Martin Sonka, for all sorts of aerial acrobatics.

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