Hamilton: Ferrari quicker than Mercedes in Austria
Lewis Hamilton believes Ferrari hold more pace than Mercedes at the Austrian Grand Prix after a crazy day of practice that masked many clues as to the true pecking order.
All three of F1's biggest teams saw a driver err in FP3, with greater consequences for Red Bull and Mercedes, who saw Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas smash into the barriers.
While Sebastian Vettel managed to screech to a halt before crashing, having spun at the same spot as Verstappen, Hamilton also suffered damage, losing a couple of front wings over the Red Bull Ring's notorious 'sausage' kerbs.
Although he topped FP1 and ran within half a second of Charles Leclerc's leading time in a crazy FP2 with hard tyres fitted, Hamilton still pegged Ferrari as the team to beat in Spielberg.
He said: "It's been a clean day with no major issues. I broke a wing a couple of times but I think a lot of people are doing that on the kerbs.
"I don't know if we are faster than we were here last year but it feels incredible.
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