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Austrian GP: Leclerc emerges top as Bottas and Verstappen crash in P2

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Valtteri Bottas driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 crashes during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring

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ByEurosport
28/06/2019 at 20:30 | Updated 28/06/2019 at 20:41

Charles Leclerc finished fastest after a dramatic second practice session that saw both Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen crash ahead of the Austrian GP.

Leclerc found himself top of the timesheet - ahead of Mercedes driver Bottas - after the Finn joined Verstappen in heading off the track, while Sebastian Vettel was lucky not to join them following a heavy spin.

Bottas lost control of his Mercedes at 130mph on the fifth corner, and his car sustained serious damage after crashing into the barriers.

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Valtteri Bottas still finished second fastest despite the accident

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He still managed to finish second fastest via his time before the accident, ahead of Pierre Gasly of Red Bull, while championship leader Lewis Hamilton - who was fastest in P1 - completed the top four.

Hamilton holds a 36-point lead at the top of the drivers' championship as he seeks a fifth successive victory, but Leclerc finished 0.443 seconds ahead of him. Vettel finished in eighth.

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