Verstappen leads Austrian Free Practice 1

 Max Verstappen has started leading the Red Bull 'home' Grand Prix. The Dutchman set a time of 1'06"302 and was two tenths ahead of Charles Leclerc and four of George Russell. Carlos Sainz finished seventh and Fernando Alonso, who along with his teammate is the only one who has not mounted soft tires, has been eighth.

 Formula 1 arrives in Austria to celebrate the eleventh Grand Prix of the season and the second in a sprint format. At the start of Free Practice 1 the sun was shining on the Red Bull Ring and the tarmac was 37°C, albeit with strong gusts of wind.

 The pilots have crowded at the exit of the Pit-Lane as they had no time to lose, as they had only sixty minutes ahead of them before qualifying this afternoon. In fact, all the riders took to the track in the first few minutes and all opted for medium tires.

 Sergio Pérez has been fourth in his first lap, but far from Verstappen -a second-. Hamilton has also taken a step forward and has been placed third.

 Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo have decided to bet on a different strategy and have set up a second media game. Alonso was fourth, but Ricciardo had to return to the pits after reporting constant problems with his rear wing. Later Ricciardo came out again, without problems and with soft tires, while both Alpines were the only ones to ride only with medium compounds.

 George Russell, on softs, has improved and has climbed to third position, thus overtaking his teammate.

 The times have not changed excessively in the last few minutes. The two Ferraris have mounted a second set of soft tyres, Charles Leclerc has improved, but has not beaten Verstappen's time, as he has fallen behind two tenths, and Sainz has not been able to progress as he has encountered a lot of traffic. Pérez was the last to close the lap and improve, as he placed fourth, half a second behind his teammate