Austrian GP: Max Verstappen leads practice despite bringing out red flag before sprint qualifying at Red Bull Ring | F1 News

Max Verstappen was fastest in the only practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix despite causing a red flag.

Championship leader Verstappen stopped on track midway through the session due to a problem with his engine sensor but rolled down the hill on the main straight and was pushed back to the garage.

He returned to the track just a few minutes later and topped the timesheets by 0.276 seconds behind McLaren’s Oscar Piastri and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

Carlos Sainz was fourth, with Lewis Hamilton fifth, but the Mercedes driver’s best lap was on hard tires and was set much earlier in the session.

Hamilton was just 0.569 seconds off Verstappen’s leading pace, with Esteban Ocon, Lance Stroll, George Russell, Yuki Tsunoda and Fernando Alonso completing the top 10.

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Sky Sports F1 Austrian GP live schedule

Friday June 28
1:50 p.m.: F2 Classification
3:00 p.m.: Austrian GP Sprint Qualifying (session starts at 3:30 p.m.)*

Saturday, June 29
08:25: F3 speed
10:00 a.m.: Austrian GP Sprint (race starts at 11:00 a.m.)*
12:25 p.m.: Sprint F2
14:00 h: Preparation for the Austrian GP qualification
3:00 p.m.: Austrian GP Qualifying
5:00 p.m.: Ted’s grading notebook

Sunday, June 30th
7.25 am: F3 Featured Race
8.55am: F2 Featured Race
12:30 pm: Sunday Grand Prix: preparation for the Austrian GP*
4:00 p.m.: Checkered flag: reaction to the Austrian GP*
17:00 hours: Ted’s notebook

*Also live on Sky Sports Main Event

The F1 triple day continues at the Austrian Grand Prix with the Sprint format at the Red Bull Ring. Watch every session live on Sky Sports F1, with Sunday’s big race at 2pm Stream every F1 race and more with a NOW Sports Month membership – no contract, cancel anytime

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