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Summary

  1. Rosberg fastest, Hamilton 2nd, Hulkenberg 3rd
  2. Vettel spins off at end of rain-interrupted session
  3. Vettel gets gearbox grid penalty as Ferrari postpone running 'halo'

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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Rosberg quickest on first day

So, the two Mercedes are top of the charts for a change.

But the weather suggests we might have an unpredictable weekend, with tyre tactics important.

Join us again tomorrow morning at 09:30 BST for build-up to third practice and then qualifying.

In the mean time, read Andrew Benson's report on today's shenanigans. 

Kimi Raikkonen on Sky Sports: "We didn't get too many laps done with the conditions. So it's a bit unknown."

What about the yellow kerbs?

"It doesn't matter what colour the kerbs are."

Well, yes, I guess that's true.

Another standout performance there is from Carlos Sainz - P6 for the Toro Rosso man. His team-mate Daniil Kvyat was half a second slower.

Second practice result

#FP2 PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION: Just two hundredths of a second between the top two in Austria #AustrianGP 🇦🇹 #F1

#FP2 PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION: Just two hundredths of a second between the top two in Austria #AustrianGP 🇦🇹 #F1

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Caroline Rosebery: I would choose François Cevert, I would love to know how his career would have progressed and Jenson Button.

José Carlos Costa: Dream team? Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, any battle of those two in a wet race would be epic.

Spencer Chainey: Ayton Senna and Gilles Villeneuve. No brainer pairing for me.

Lewis Hamilton has taken up a position on the grid to perform a practice start.

Guess which position he went for?

Pole.

Very optimistic, Lewis.

Just getting a look at Vettel's tyres from an aerial view - they're worse for wear.

Vettel's beached his Ferrari at Turn 2... "I don't know what happened there," he says #FP2 #AustrianGP #F1

Vettel's beached his Ferrari at Turn 2... "I don't know what happened there," he says #FP2 #AustrianGP #F1

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BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

It's all going to be about the management of the ultra soft tyres. It's definitely the quickest tyre.

Nice work by Nico Hulkenberg and Force India, who take P3.

Vettel is in P4 and then Daniel Ricciardo in P5.

Nico Hulkenberg
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Chequered flag

So, Nico Rosberg looks set to top second practice, as he did in first practice.

He's gone 0.019 seconds quicker than Lewis Hamilton.

You'd barely get a sheet of paper between them.

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Yellow flag

That means the yellow flag comes out and that will signify the end of any meaningful racing second practice.

Sebastian Vettel is off at Turn Two, sliding casually sideways through the gravel towards the tyre wall.

"I have no idea what happened. I lost control when hitting the brakes," he tells Ferrari on the radio.

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It's a busy track for the final four minutes, as Felipe Massa sets a personal best for the afternoon in P11.

We're into the final five minutes. Lewis Hamilton's hopes of clocking a quick time are fading, as he runs wide and then finds a bit of traffic.

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Nico Rosberg has just picked up a 1:08.516 on the super softs.

His Mercedes team are waiting for him in the pits though - they have some lovely purple-trimmed ultra soft tyres for the championship leader.

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Esteban Gutierrez gets right in Lewis Hamilton's way on Turn Five - the Haas driver receives the message to slow too late.

That means Hamilton has to lock up to avoid the Mexican.

Hamilton's on a quick lap on the ultrasofts but has to slam on the brakes at Turn 5 to avoid a crawling Haas #FP2

Hamilton's on a quick lap on the ultrasofts but has to slam on the brakes at Turn 5 to avoid a crawling Haas #FP2

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CJay: Dream team: Jochen Rindt and Alain Prost, lunacy at its best.

Jorge Lorenzo: For me it has to be Hamilton and Alonso... pretty much the two most electrifying drivers of this era!!!

Matthew Goff: Jack Brabham and Mark Webber, but I might be a tad biased!

Alonso, Magnussen, Palmer and Massa are the only men in the pits at the moment.

No sign of either Mercedes yet. They're primed and ready... wait. Here they come.

Nico Rosberg on the super softs.

Lewis Hamilton will follow on the ultra softs.

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Sunshine now! Can't keep up! #AustrianGP #BBCF1 #F1
Sunshine now! Can't keep up! #AustrianGP #BBCF1 #F1

Sunshine now! Can't keep up! #AustrianGP #BBCF1 #F1

Ricciardo is giving it a go on the ultra softs for the final 15 minutes of second practice.

He seems to have pressed a few buttons on his steering wheel and sorted out that power issue.

Turned it off and on, no doubt.

"I didn't have full power," Daniel Ricciardo tells his Red Bull team on the radio.

Sergio Perez is the last man to have a crack on the intermediates. He heads in for a change.

The Ferraris of Seb Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen re-emerge - Vettel on ultra softs and Kimi on super softs.

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Stoo G: Dream team line-up: Keke Rosberg and Duncan Hamilton. Just for confusion. In an old-school '50s Mercedes

Jake Mackley: Ronnie Peterson and Fernando Alonso. Both quick and exciting drivers, both capable of getting 100% out of any car

Stuart Wood: Francois Cevert and Jules Bianchi, great young talent who deserved a chance to flourish

For what it's worth, Nando boxes.

Fernando Alonso, on the intermediates, is told by his team that he can come in if he's not learning anything anymore.

"I've not learned anything for the last half an hour," is the response.

I'm renaming him Fernando A-LOL-nso.

Nico Hulkenberg is now the fastest man on intermediates - 1:17.491. That's about 10 seconds slower than the times on dry tyres.

It's been a while since Jenson has been quickest on anything...

Pit to JB: "We're not expecting anymore rain." And with that Jenson goes fastest on the Inter. #AustrianGP
Pit to JB: "We're not expecting anymore rain." And with that Jenson goes fastest on the Inter. #AustrianGP

Pit to JB: "We're not expecting anymore rain." And with that Jenson goes fastest on the Inter. #AustrianGP

All the cars are out on the green-trimmed intermediate tyres, and the mission at the moment is to work out at what point you can switch back to slicks. That knowledge will help out if it gets wet on race day.

Right, 35 minutes of second practice remains and Lewis Hamilton has emerged from the garage on to the Tarmac.

Daniel Ricciardo has notched up the highest number of laps - 13 - and sits in P3 behind Seb Vettel and Nico Rosberg.

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The Tom: Senna and Alonso, not sure they would get along but that would be a formidable team

Parche[d]: My best driver pairing: James Hunt (drivers are mind bendingly boring these days) and Nigel Mansell's moustache

Lyndon Roberts: Dream team: Schumacher (obvs) and Raikkonen. Pleased to see the Iceman get so many nominations, or is that the editor's filter?!

Wouldn't a Kimi filter on Instagram be awesome?

An update on how wet the track is.

Sector one: Dry

Sector two: Pretty dry

Sector three: Quite moist

Nico Rosberg is still working out the limits on the moistened track. He locks up and goes into a run-off. Nothing too dramatic.

Rosberg, Vettel, Ricciardo and Bottas are among those on the track, and the grey stuff looks pretty dry considering it's just had a lake dropped on it.

Toto's F1 dream team

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Claire Cottingham down in the pits ask the big questions to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

What would be his F1 dream team?

Niki Lauda and Jochen Rindt.

Keeping it Austrian - nicely done.

Racing resumes

"Always look on the bright side of life" rings out across the circuit speakers 🔊 The rain's starting to clear... ⛅

"Always look on the bright side of life" rings out across the circuit speakers 🔊 The rain's starting to clear... ⛅

And cars are back out. We have stepped on to the brighter side of life.

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Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

I had huge admiration for Alain Prost. My other one is inexplicable - my first race I went to was the 1983 British GP and Rene Arnoux was on pole for Ferrari. So I'm afraid he's in my dream team.

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Marcus P Knight: Sadly car was pretty but not quick; however, the Prost/Alesi combo was super-cool: Prof & Pupil!

Nick Holland: Gilles Villeneuve & Stefan Bellof

Elie Antouny: Alain Prost and Kimi Raikkonen. 2 most precise racers in F1

Niiiiiice

It's REALLY wet in Spielberg, but these loyal #F1 fans are braving the weather 😃 #FP2 #AustrianGP
It's REALLY wet in Spielberg, but these loyal #F1 fans are braving the weather 😃 #FP2 #AustrianGP

It's REALLY wet in Spielberg, but these loyal #F1 fans are braving the weather 😃 #FP2 #AustrianGP

Just under an hour of second practice remains. It miiiiiight be brightening up...