Red Bull hit back after Austrian GP disappointment with fastest Friday time back at Red Bull Ring; Daniel Ricciardo crashed Renault early in session
By James Galloway
Last Updated: 10/07/20 3:51pm
Max Verstappen ensured Red Bull finished ahead of Mercedes on the opening day of the second leg of F1’s Austrian double header, as Daniel Ricciardo crashed out for Renault.
With Valtteri Bottas, last Sunday’s race winner, finishing second fastest and team-mate Lewis Hamilton down in sixth, Verstappen topped the session for circuit owners Red Bull – who are bidding to rebound from a disappointing Austrian GP when both cars retired.
Verstappen’s time of 1:03.660 was 0.043s quicker than Bottas’ best, with morning pacesetter Sergio Perez third for Racing Point.
Lance Stroll was fourth in the other Racing Point, with Carlos Sainz fifth for McLaren.
Hamilton was only sixth, with Mercedes confirming during the session that the six-time champion “isn’t happy with the car” and that they would be checking the W11 into the evening.
But the session was one to completely forget for Ricciardo, who crashed his Renault heavily at the penultimate corner.
Ricciardo lost the back end of the RS20 as he turned into the fast right-handed sweep and slewed across the run-off into a collision with the tyre barriers.
The Australian was uninjured, although was seen limping away from the car and then once back in the paddock after returning from a check-up at the medical centre.
Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, endured another tough session on track and finished only 16th in the upgraded Ferrari, with two of his track times deleted for exceeding track limits.
Charles Leclerc was ninth in the sister SF1000.
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