Austrian GP: Hamilton heads Mercedes 1-2 in FP2

In a session that will give Mercedes confidence ahead of the rest of the weekend, Lewis Hamilton has topped FP2 ahead of Valtteri Bottas in Austria.

Max Verstappen was leading the way in the first half of the session before Bottas went fastest just before the half-way point with a 1m04.712s lap.

Hamilton then went quicker just a few minutes later, setting a 1m04.523s lap which ended up being the fastest of the session.

A number of drivers began to complain about spots of rain around the Red Bull Ring after 30 minutes, with the rainfall picking up slightly in the final 15 minutes.

Hamilton and Bottas end off Friday running with a Mercedes 1-2 which will please the German manufacturer, ahead of Verstappen who settles for third.

It was a solid session for both Aston Martin’s as Lance Stroll ended in fourth ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel.

The two Alpha Tauri’s came next in sixth and seventh, Yuki Tsunoda getting the better of Pierre Gasly.

Fernando Alonso expressed his frustrations over the radio after being blocked by Kimi Raikkonen through Turn 9, the Spaniard ended the day in eighth.

Lando Norris had a spin at Turn 1 late on in FP2 but was able to keep his car running, the Briton finished ninth with Antonio Giovinazzi rounding out the top-ten.

Sergio Perez will hope to be higher up in the order tomorrow after finishing 11th, Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz were 12th and 13th.

Raikkonen put his Alfa Romeo in 14th ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Charles Leclerc.

Williams and Haas occupied the final four spots on the leaderboard, with George Russell in 17th ahead of Mick Schumacher; Nicholas Latifi ended 19th ahead of Nikita Mazepin.