It's Only Free Practice 2 And Lewis Hamilton Just Set A New Track Record In Austin

Photo credit: Kurt Bradley
Photo credit: Kurt Bradley

The sun peeked out this afternoon just long enough to let the 2017 Formula One cars show their true speed on a dry track during Free Practice 2. Early in the session, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton smashed the F1 track lap record with a ridiculously quick 1:34.668 lap time.

Hamilton has won at Circuit of the Americas four times before, so he certainly knows how to be fast here. He set a new pole position record last year in qualifying last year, so it’s not surprising to see him smash the record again.

What is insane is how early that record fell—right in the first part of Free Practice 2. If this is a fast practice lap, I can’t wait to see how insane the qualifying laps will be.


Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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What was the record?