OXFORDSHIRE’S Formula 1 teams will hope for a better showing second time around as they return to Austria’s Spielberg circuit.

Round two of the 2020 campaign takes place at the same location as last weekend’s season-opener, where Renault’s Esteban Ocon was the only driver from the county’s constructors to finish in the top ten.

The Frenchman was eighth on debut for the Enstone-based team, while teammate Daniel Ricciardo retired.

There was more misery for the Australian during yesterday’s second practice session for the Styrian Grand Prix.

The 31-year-old had a heavy crash at turn nine early on and limped away from the car, but was declared fit after a medical check-up.

He said: “It was a mistake, it all happened very quickly so I’m not sure what went wrong.

“I turned in and just lost the car straight away.

“I know these things happen with cars and in Formula 1, so it’s not out of the ordinary.

“I’m OK, however, I feel bad for the guys. We’ll just move on.

“The car felt fine in the morning, especially towards the end. The second session would have been interesting, so we’ll just have to find out our pace on Saturday or Sunday.”

Ricciardo was the only driver not to set a time in a session where teams were competing harder than they normally would on a Friday.

There is an outside chance the positions from practice two could define the grid order if today’s predicted rainfall prevents the cars from running.

Ocon was tenth in the second practice session, with Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean 18th and 19th respectively.

The Banbury-based team will be desperate for a more productive weekend after suffering two retirements last Sunday.

Magnussen said: “I still feel the car is more competitive in the race than in qualifying, which is encouraging of course.

“We would obviously like to find a little more qualifying pace, that’s for sure.

“The weather’s looking a bit iffy for qualifying, there could be a chance there.

“If there is, we’ll take it.”

The Williams duo of George Russell and Nicholas Latifi were only slightly better in 15th and 17th, with the latter earlier suffering an engine problem that saw him stop on track during the first practice session.

But the Grove-based team will believe they have an outside chance of getting in the points, after Latifi finished 11th in the opening race of the season.