It was a mixed session under overcast skies in Austria, with Nico Rosberg taking the plaudits in the first free practice session (FP1), while it was Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who set the fastest time of the weekend thus far in the second free practice session (FP2).
Where to watch live
The third free practice session begins on Saturday (20 June) at 10am BST, while the qualifying session starts at 1pm BST. Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD will provide live coverage of both events in the UK.
Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website.
It was a breath of fresh air as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of the weekend ahead of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Ferrari teammate Kimi Räikkönen. But the German did not have clean sessions in FP1 and FP2 as he suffered reliability issues, mainly with his Ferrari's gearbox.
Pastor Maldonado showcased Lotus's emergence with fourth place ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who struggled with the balance of his car and failed to set a competitive lap time on the super soft tyres.
The Mercedes and Ferraris are close in terms of race pace, but it remains to be seen if the Silver Arrows team was holding back some of the pace that they showed recently during the Canadian Grand Prix.
The third free practice session, should give a clearer idea about the true pace of the reigning World Champions, as they look to avoid last season's mistakes when they were out-qualified by the Williams duo.
Top 10 results of the second practice session (FP2) from the Red Bull Ring, Austria:
- S Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1'09.600
- N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1'09.611
- KM Räikkönen (FIN) Ferrari 1'09.860
- P Maldonado (COL) Lotus 1'09.914
- LC Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1'10.137
- N Hulkenburg (GER) Force India 1'10.160
- S Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1'10.267
- M Verstappen (NED) Toro Rosso 1'10.356
- F Nasr (BRA) Sauber 1'10.495
- S Perez (MEX) Force India 1'10.585