F1 2022 results: Austrian GP – First Practice session

Red Bull's Max Verstappen on track during practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg, July 2022. Results

Red Bull's Max Verstappen on track during practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg, July 2022.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has topped the times in the one and only practice session ahead of qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

The championship leader picked up where he left off from last year’s race at the Red Bull Ring, with the Dutch driver setting a 1:06.302 on the soft compound tyres to set the pace.

With practice critical ahead of Friday’s qualifying session, due to the Sprint Qualifying format being used for this weekend’s race, the cars will go into parc ferme conditions when they roll out for qualifying – meaning finding a good base setup during FP1 is essential.

Verstappen finished the session over three-tenths clear of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, while Mercedes placed third and fourth with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton respectively.

Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher started the weekend well for Haas as both placed in the top 10, while Silverstone race winner Carlos Sainz could only manage seventh – just ahead of compatriot Fernando Alonso.

It was a disastrous session for McLaren, who finished 17th and 20th after encountering problems on both cars that hampered their running.

Here’s the full report on everything that happened during the first practice session at the Red Bull Ring.

  1. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:06.302
  2. Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.255
  3. George Russell Mercedes +0.400
  4. Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing +0.537
  5. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.607
  6. Kevin Magnussen Haas +0.663
  7. Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.737
  8. Fernando Alonso Alpine +0.798
  9. Mick Schumacher Haas +0.944
  10. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +0.994
  11. Lance Stroll Aston Martin +1.129
  12. Esteban Ocon Alpine +1.160
  13. Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +1.174
  14. Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +1.220
  15. Alex Albon Williams +1.280
  16. Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +1.290
  17. Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +1.441
  18. Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +1.587
  19. Nicholas Latifi Williams +1.847
  20. Lando Norris McLaren +3.613