Method One: Hamilton completes Austrian observe sweep, Latifi crashes


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“We’ve made progress with the automotive in a single day, I feel it’s extra consultant of the place we’re at,” mentioned Purple Bull boss Christian Horner, whose group have by no means began on pole at their residence circuit.

“Mercedes look very robust.”

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who began on pole on the Purple Bull Ring final yr, was fifth quickest and forward of Verstappen’s teammate Alexander Albon with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in seventh place.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JULY 04:  Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes in the pit lane during final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 04, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775526805
Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Racing Level RP20 Mercedes within the pit lane throughout ultimate observe for the Method One Grand Prix of Austria at Purple Bull Ring on July 04, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. Peter Fox/Getty Photographs

Ferrari have acknowledged design points with their automotive however is not going to have efficiency upgrades prepared till the third spherical in Hungary.

Leclerc mentioned on Friday they had been dropping velocity within the corners.

“The steadiness was fairly good however the general grip of the automotive — I suppose it’s not just one factor, it’s additionally the total bundle that we have to improve,” he mentioned.

Quebecer Lance Stroll completed eighth within the third observe, sliding somewhat from seventh place within the second observe, however nonetheless forward of his 11th end within the first observe.

AT A GLANCE

Austrian Grand Prix dwell protection. Qualifying: Saturday at eight:30 a.m. on TSN1, TSN4, TSN5; eight:45 a.m. on RDS. Race: Sunday at eight a.m. on TSN1, TSN4, TSN5; eight:30 a.m. on RDS.