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Live Reporting

Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now


    Whatever Michael Fish and his crew have to say about the forecast, it is still great to have F1 back isn't it? And the Red Bull Ring is such a spectacular place to race cars that it stands the repeat play on the circuit jukebox.

    Come back tomorrow to get more of the good stuff.

  2. Tomorrow's schedule

    What to expect for tomorrow?

    It might be very little. The forecast is for heavy rain and thunderstorms in the Austrian Alps, rather than today's sparking sunshine.

    If they do find the gaps in the clouds however it will be P3 at 11:00 BST with qualifying at 14:00 BST.

  3. FInal standings

    We are all done and dusted in P2. The drivers are throwing in a few practice starts, but the time sheets are sealed and signed off.

    1. Max Verstappen 1:03.660

    2. Valterri Bottas +0.043

    3. Sergio Perez +0.217

    4. Lance Stroll +0.581

    5. Carlos Sainz +0.673

    6. Lewis Hamilton +0.688

  4. Standings as it stands

    No change at the top of the standings.

    Max Verstappen looks locked on to finish top of the standings, four hundredths ahead of Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes.

    Racing Point's Sergio Perez was third fastest, ahead of Lance Stroll, Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton in sixth.

    Two minutes to go.

  5. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    There have had a thorough look at Lewis Hamilton's car, but they will have to take another look again tonight. He is back out on track.

  6. 'It was cool to see'

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Alex Albon

    In Brazil last year, Alex Albon lost a podium after a mistake by Lewis Hamilton, and in Austria last weekend, the Anglo-Thai lost a potential win through another. But the Red Bull driver says he has no plans to talk to the world champion about the incident in which the front wheel of Hamilton’s Mercedes tagged Albon’s rear and sent him into a spin after Albon had overtaken him around the outside of Turn Four.

    Albon said: “There wasn’t too much to say. It is what it is. I’m sure Lewis didn’t intend to make contact. We just kind of focus into race two and that’s about it. I do think we had a chance (to win). Of course strategy helped. The guys did an amazing job to pout us on soft tyres and the Mercs were on cold tyres. I knew I had to do it quickly and I knew I had to get past Lewis to gave a go at Bottas but I do think we could have done something special.”

    His team-mate Max Verstappen said he had been impressed by Albon’s move: “Lewis didn’t intend to hit Alex. it was unfortunate. It was a great move of Alex to go around the outside there; it was cool to see. It’s quite normal to give the penalty. It ruined Alex’s race. (Lewis) got a penalty and finished fourth. but Alex is the one who lost more. You can talk about it for a long time but we want to look forward and try to score a good result.”

  7. Albon in the gravel

    Alex Albon is struggling to tame the back end of that bucking Red Bull. He ends up sideways for the second time in the session - this time out of turn nine - and ends up on the gravel.

    Albon is seventh fastest in this session, and seven tenths off his team-mate Max Verstappen at the top of the standings.

  8. Hamilton in the pits

    Lewis Hamilton is back in the pits and out of the car whiile the Mercedes team work on the front end. His head mechanic Pete Bonnington is having his ear chewed.

    Hamilton is nearly seven tenths off the pace set by Max Verstappen and second-placed team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

    Not a great look.

  9. Red Bull looking for improvement

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Max Verstappen

    Red Bull did not have the weekend they were hoping for to start the season - fact their car was half a second off the pace of the Mercedes was an unpleasant surprise. About 0.2secs of that was on the straights, according to the GPS read-outs, which leaves 0.3secs in the corners, although Verstappen insisted: “There are not many corners where we are slower; most we are faster.” Both Red Bull drivers lacked confidence in the balance of the car - and you could see that from the three spins they shared in free practice.

    But they are hopeful set-up changes, as well as a focus on whichever one of the two front aerodynamic packages they split over the two cars last weekend, will help them close the gap. Verstappen said he did not expect to be able to beat the Mercedes in qualifying, but said; if we can be within 0.2-0.3secs in qualifying then it is game on in the race.”

  10. Verstappen fastest

    Max Verstappen looks locked on for number one in the timing sheets as he builds a 0.2-second lead midway though his lap, but the Dutchman very nearly throws it all away as he slides into the final corner.

    But he finds some bite in his tyres to save his skins, keep the cart on the rails and come through the finishline four hundredths of a second faster than Valtteri Bottas.

    "Third sector not perfect," he says over the radio, in an understatement of the afternoon.

  11. 'Strange'

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    I can only presume that Hamilton is running a very conservative engine mode or with some fuel on board. That is strange if they genuinely believe that, because of forecast rain, these times could count for qualifying.

  12. Hamilton fifth fastest

    Lewis Hamilton coming through a lap at full gallop, pushing all the way to the track limits out of the final corner...fifth fastest. Team-mate Valtteri Bottas still top of the shop.

    Surely there is more to come when there are grid place as prizes?

  13. Bottas goes fastest

    Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas is our new leader in the timing stakes - 0.174 seconds better than Sergio Perez

  14. Post update

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    Perez's time is pretty tuned up, he is faster than he was in qualifying last weekend. There is no way that Racing Point still have another second to reveal tomorrow.

  15. What will F1 look like in 2020?

    BBC Sport's Jack Nicholls previews the start of the new Formula 1 season and examines what racing behind closed doors will be like.

    Video content

    Video caption: F1 Breakdown: Jack Nicholls previews new Formula 1 season
  16. Perez half a second up on the rest

    Sergio Perez is still pushing at the front of the field. The Racing Point driver is fastest by more than half a second better than the next-best Valtteri Bottas.

  17. Verstappen v Bottas beef

    Max Verstappen has a little vent.

    He questions the eyesight of Mercedes Valtteri Bottas after the Finn ruins the Red Bull man's promising lap by coasting around on the racing line like he is out on a Sunday morning drive with his mother-in-law.

    His engineer confirms that it is the "same car" that has upset him previously.

  18. Albon in a spin

    Alexander Albon carries too much pace into turn three and ends up all sideways on exit.

    No harm done. But that will have been a buttock-clencher of a moment.

  19. Racing Pink

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Racing Point

    Racing Point are one of the teams that believe they underperformed in Austria last weekend. The two ‘Pink Mercedes’ - so-called for their remarkable likeness to last year’s Silver Arrow - looked a threat to Red Bull as second fastest team for much of the weekend but in the end Sergio Perez could manage only sixth on the grid, and he lost out on a potential podium when passed by Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris in the frenetic closing laps, which he blamed on the team’s decision not to put him for fresh tyres at the decisive second safety car.

    He and the McLaren drivers said they believed it was very close in the pack at the front of the midfield, and Perez expects another battle with Norris and Carlos Sainz this weekend, while Daniel Ricciardo believes Renault could have been in that mix, too, had he not caught the yellows for Valtteri Bottas’ off in final qualifying.

  20. Perez fastest so far

    Lewis Hamilton is straight down to business as the session restarts. The Briton throws in a fastest lap, but then sees his mark quickly relegated down the standings as Sergio Perez, Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz and team-mate Valtteri Bottas all go faster still.

    Lance Stroll thought he had joined his team-mate up the top of the ladder, but has his time wiped out for exceeding track limits.