Lewis Hamilton praises Mercedes for practice speed — Austrian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen split the Silver Arrows pair in his team Red Bull's home grand prix

Max Verstappen split the Silver Arrows pair in his team Red Bull's home grand prix

"He was catching up".

"So there are days where it feels more painful than others. I want to get a one-two with Valtteri so will try to do that".

In P1, Vettel clipped the kerb at turn one. "Now it's about time to fight back and hopefully that's going to happen in Silverstone".

Vettel could only manage the fourth-fastest time in the morning before getting closer in free practice two, but he still could not match the man closest to him in the title race. Obviously, I'm not too happy today because I didn't win.

With that investigation out of the way, Bottas continued to pull clear at the front and opened up a comfortable gap to Vettel in second.

The Briton, at his sizzling best despite power problems with his car, clocked a best time of one minute and 5.483 seconds in the afternoon's second session to outpace Vettel's Ferrari by 0.147 seconds. "We're not even halfway yet".

Ricciardo, who is fourth overall, clinched his fifth straight podium. Bottas took pole with Hamilton third on track, but eighth on the grid.

Bottas said he never had any doubts. It's like every step I hit, I fall five places further behind. "From my point of view he jumped the start". It would be more entertaining for the fans. "For sure he went, but the lights weren't out", Ricciardo said. I think it was okay. Kvyat continued albeit with a drive-through penalty.

The 2017 Formula 1 racing season gets back into action this weekend with the running of the Austrian Grand Prix.

The 4.3km circuit boasts a short, fast and undulating layout, yielding some of the quickest lap times to be seen all season in the new generation cars.

This shook up the order, with Bottas now leading from Finnish countryman Raikkonen - both yet to change their tires.

Hamilton then cleared the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen after taking an earlier pitstop, but was denied a podium in the closing laps as Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo defended his third place.

Alonso retired on the opening lap.

Read on for all the latest from the Red Bull Ring.

"I was very happy in the second stint of the race".

"I will do the best job I can tomorrow". "I was sure that he did".

"I was giving it hell and I wasn't closing massively", he said.

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