Max Verstappen set the second fastest time on Friday during the first training session for the Styrian GP. Sergio Pérez recorded the fastest lap time in Austria.
The Racing Point driver was less than a tenth of a second faster than Verstappen with 1.04.867. Shortly behind the Limburger, the Mercedes duo Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton took third and fourth place.
Bottas is the leader in the World Cup standings because he won the first race at the Red Bull Ring last weekend. Verstappen dropped out in that race and is still scoreless.
Mercedes dominated all training and qualifying last weekend. Bottas and Hamilton did not use the fast soft tires on Friday, so the results of the training give a distorted picture.
Ferrari again disappointed during the first practice, despite some aerodynamic changes to the car. Sebastian Vettel clocked only tenth time, Charles Leclerc was no further than twelfth.
Results first training GP Styria
- 1. Pérez (Racing Point) - 1.04,867
- 2. Verstappen (Red Bull) +0.096
- 3. Bottas (Mercedes) +0.222
- Hamilton (Mercedes) +0.253
- 5. Stroll (Racing Point) +0.529
- 6. Albon (Red Bull) +0.616
- 7. Sainz (McLaren) +0.735
- 8. Gasly (AlphaTauri) + 0.831
- 9. Ricciardo (Renault) +0.902
- 10. Vettel (Ferrari) +0.903
Reserve drivers Aitken and Kubica in action
The first practice session on the Red Bull Ring was temporarily interrupted because Nicholas Latifi's car was stranded next to the track. The Williams driver faced a gearbox problem.
Williams' other car was driven by debutant Jack Aitken. The British reserve driver took the place of his compatriot George Russell for the occasion and finished seventeenth.
Robert Kubica also came into action on Friday. The reserve driver of Alfa Romeo was allowed to drive instead of Antonio Giovinazzi and scored the eighteenth time.
See also: Five questions about the GP of Styria: 'Zero score Verstappen comes in hard'
Qualification at risk due to bad weather
Friday afternoon, Giovinazzi and Russell will be back in their cars for the second practice. There is a small chance that the result of that session should be used as a starting grid.
On Saturday, a lot of rain is forecast in Austria. If for that reason the third practice and qualification cannot continue, the qualification will be moved to Sunday morning. If the weather is still too bad, the result of the second practice determines the starting grid for the race that starts on Sunday at 3.10 p.m.
See also: The 2020 provisional Formula 1 calendar