Mercedes top in Austria testing

Dominant Mercedes topped the times on Monday’s first of two days of private testing at the Red Bull Ring where 24 hours earlier the team enjoyed a 1-2 in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg and world champion Lewis Hamilton led the chasing pack on Sunday, and it was left to reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein to take control for Monday’s weather-hit session.

Heavy rain washed out any hopes of putting in laps in the morning, but when the weather relented Wehrlein managed to post 63 laps with a best time of 1min 11.005sec.

Only two drivers, Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean, were involved in Sunday’s grand prix.

The Formula One championship moves on to Silverstone next with Hamilton leading Rosberg by 10 points.

Test times

1. Pascal Wehrlein (GER/Mercedes) 1min 11.005sec (63 laps), 2. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Force India)1:11.192 (71), 3. Max Verstappen (NED/Toro Rosso) 1:11.328 (97), 4. Antonio Fuoco (ITA/Ferrari) 1:11.331 (71), 5. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus) 1:11.509 (45), 6. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Red Bull) 1:11.757 (71), 7. Raffaele Marciello (ITA/Sauber) 1:11.826 (53), 8. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL/McLaren) 1:12.530 (73), 9. Susie Wolff (GBR/Williams) 1:13.248 (35)


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