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Formula One: Mercedes dominate practice in Austria

Published on Jun 20, 2014 10:23 PM

SPIELBERG BEI KNITTELFELD, Austria (AFP) - Formula One leaders Mercedes showed they were undaunted by a new track on Friday, dominating the first practice sessions ahead of Sunday's returning Austrian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap of the day at 1min 9.542sec, finishing 0.377sec ahead of team-mate and current championship leader Nico Rosberg in the second practice session.

In the morning, it was Rosberg who had led the field ahead of Hamilton around the 4.3km Red Bull Ring track.

The two Mercedes drivers were the only ones to dip below the 1min 10sec mark, showing they were at ease on the historic Spielberg track, despite this being their first F1 outing on it.

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