Fresh from his Styrian Grand Prix win, Max Verstappen was once again back on top as the second part of the double-header got underway in Austria.

The World Championship leader, looking for a third win in a row this season, set the early pace at the Red Bull Ring with a 1:05.143 – a two-tenth gap to the two Ferrari cars of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

Mercedes’ response, with Bottas P4 and Hamilton down in P7, looks a pretty tame one on paper but the latter was massively hindered by a slow-running Nikita Mazepin in his weekly role of traffic jammer.

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