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Summary

  1. Hamilton fastest in second practice, Bottas and several others spin
  2. 80% of BBC poll say Vettel should have been disqualified from Azerbaijan GP
  3. Hamilton fastest, Vettel 4th in first practice
  4. Several cars spin, including Raikkonen and Vettel
  5. Get involved via #bbcf1: should Vettel have been disqualified?

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

raikkonen
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Well that was pretty entertaining fare. Cars with technical issues, cars sailing off track in the shadow of the brooding Styrian Alps. It was all going on.

Lewis Hamilton will be satisfied to top both sessions but it was anything but a trouble-free day for the Mercedes man, who reported power issues in that second session that did not appear to be resolved.

M'coll Gary Rose will be with you to guide you through FP3 and qualifying from 09:30 BST.

Between now and then make sure you peruse Andrew Benson's practice report, watch Jack Nicholls' take on Sebastian Vettel, and make your predictions for the top three in qualifying.

Thanks for your company.

🏁 TOP TEN: END OF SESSION 🏁

1 HAM 📸
2 VET
3 BOT
4 VER
5 RIC
6 RAI
7 MAG
8 ALO
9 HUL
10 GRO

#AustrianGP 🇦🇹 #FP2

🏁 TOP TEN: END OF SESSION 🏁 1 HAM 📸 2 VET 3 BOT 4 VER 5 RIC 6 RAI 7 MAG 8 ALO 9 HUL 10 GRO #AustrianGP 🇦🇹 #FP2

Chequered flag

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest at the end of second free practice with a 1:05.483, 0.147s ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.

Then it's the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas (+0.216), followed by the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in sixth.

Well, let's just say we could've done without the final 25 minutes of the session.. 🙈 #FP2 ends with @kvyatofficial P13, @Carlossainz55 P15

A minute to go. We're not going to get this rain.

Under six mins left in FP2

It looks like KVY's session could be over 👀🔥😮

#AustrianGP 🇦🇹
Under six mins left in FP2

It looks like KVY's session could be over 👀🔥😮

#AustrianGP 🇦🇹
Under six mins left in FP2

It looks like KVY's session could be over 👀🔥😮

#AustrianGP 🇦🇹

Under six mins left in FP2 It looks like KVY's session could be over 👀🔥😮 #AustrianGP 🇦🇹

Vote: Should Vettel have been disqualified in Azerbaijan?

The results are in an it's a fairly emphatic outcome. You guys have voted by a margin of 80% to 20% that Sebastian Vettel should have been disqualified for his Baku antics.

But he wasn't. So we all move on with our lives.

Personally, I want to see more of drivers showing some raw emotion, not less.

Thanks for your votes.

Spin for Alonso

Like so many before him, Fernando Alonso sails off the track at Turn Six. It looks like he has it gathered up but then he goes and has a secondary spin close to Turn Seven.

I'll give that a 9.5.

Fernando Alonso
Rex Features

Flaming Toro Rosso!

No, not a quote from the original Batman series. It's an actual flaming Toro Rosso - Daniil Kvyat's to be precise. It looks like the brakes have burst into flames after making a smoky entry to the pit lane.

Meanwhile, in the BBC commentary box...

Our very own Jack Nicholls has been getting misty-eyed about the fact Mercedes changed Hamilton's spark plugs.

"It's just cool, innit? Retro," says a delighted Nicholls, reclining in his wingback and smoking a pipe.

Well it looks like it's going to rain 

Will it hit the track in the next 14 minutes though?

#AustrianGP 🇦🇹 #FP2

Well it looks like it's going to rain Will it hit the track in the next 14 minutes though? #AustrianGP 🇦🇹 #FP2

"Something doesn't feel right, Bonno," Hamilton adds.

Back in the garage, Hamilton says: "You need to take out the whole of the front wing."

Hamilton still has problems

"I still have the issues with power," says Lewis Hamilton after rejoining, resplendent with new spark plugs.

"Copy, we can see them," says his engineer Peter Bonnington.

Get Involved - #bbcf1

#bbcf1 interesting that LH is quickest as he hasn’t been quickest in any of the three sectors

Stoffel heads out for a long run. It's still pretty warm out there, but the clouds have arrived... Will it rain? 🌧️

Stoffel heads out for a long run. It's still pretty warm out there, but the clouds have arrived... Will it rain? 🌧️

20 MINS TO GO

1 HAM
2 VET
3 BOT
4 VER
5 RIC
6 RAI
7 MAG 📸
8 ALO
9 HUL
10 GRO

#AustrianGP 🇦🇹 #FP2

20 MINS TO GO 1 HAM 2 VET 3 BOT 4 VER 5 RIC 6 RAI 7 MAG 📸 8 ALO 9 HUL 10 GRO #AustrianGP 🇦🇹 #FP2

Bottas back in garage

Bottas in P3 is back in the garage with what we believe is damage to the Mercedes' floor.

Max Verstappen has had a little whinge about traffic.

"Again, I understand they're on high fuel, but they can see me coming," he harrumphs.

Top 10 check

Just under 25 minutes to go and the order is:

Hamilton, Vettel, Bottas, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Magnussen, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Grosjean

New spark plugs for Hamilton

UPDATE: #LH44 currently in the garage for a spark plug change

Work already underway 🔧⚙️🔩

#AustrianGP #F1 #FP2

UPDATE: #LH44 currently in the garage for a spark plug change Work already underway 🔧⚙️🔩 #AustrianGP #F1 #FP2

"It's starting to rain a little bit," Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat tells his team.

SPEED TRAP (30 MINS TO GO IN THE SESSION)

STR = 🚀🚀🚀

#AustrianGP 🇦🇹 #FP2

SPEED TRAP (30 MINS TO GO IN THE SESSION) STR = 🚀🚀🚀 #AustrianGP 🇦🇹 #FP2

Radio 5 live's Jennie Gow reports that there is a possible hydraulic leak on the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz, the underbelly of which took a really big whack in that earlier off into Turn 10.

He's still in the car but with 30 minutes remaining you have to wonder if we'll see him again in this session.

Rain on the way?

Some very moody clouds above the Red Bull Ring right now.

Sainz off again

Carlos Sainz had a very bouncy trip across the grass between Turns Nine and 10 there. Those Toro Rossos have taken a proper beating today.

Problem for Hamilton?

Lewis Hamilton has just reported back that "something's wrong" with his Mercedes. He reported issues in several corners.

He's back in the garage.

Formula 1
Reuters
PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION (HALFWAY THROUGH FP2)

#AustrianGP 🇦🇹 #FP2

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION (HALFWAY THROUGH FP2) #AustrianGP 🇦🇹 #FP2

Fernando Alonso looks ready to go in the McLaren, which has its new floor fitted.

He has managed just seven laps so far, the same as Jolyon Palmer in the Renault, whose car is up on its jacks in the garage as the team investigates a problem.