Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives his car during the first practice session of the Formula One Austria Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, on July 7, 2017. / AFP / JOE KLAMAR
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Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton smashed his Red Bull Ring lap record twice in Austrian Grand Prix practice Friday, with Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel close behind his Mercedes rival.Hamilton, the only driver on the current grid to have won in Austria following the retirement of 2016 champion and teammate Nico Rosberg, swiftly demolished the lap record he set last year.In changeable conditions in the scenic Styrian hills, with bright sunshine mixed in with the occasional rain shower, four-time world champion Vettel was second on the timesheets with a lap 0.147 slower than Hamilton's.The German had driven into the back of Hamilton's car, while the race leader was waiting for the safety car to pit, and had pulled alongside to remonstrate.
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