Bottas tops final practice in Austria

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Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time in third practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. The Williams driver topped Lewis Hamilton in the closing seconds of the session with team mate Felipe Massa being third fastest.

The final practice session ahead of qualifying again got started with the usual installation laps, with Button the last to complete his, nearly 10 minutes into the session.

By that time, Rosberg was already out for a timed lap, along with Magnussen who subsequently had a major lockup on his first quick lap. A few minutes later Maldonado runs off the track without harm, followed by Sutil who reported to be struggling with front end grip.

Button then also had a moment as an issue with engine braking forced him back into the pits where he was greeted by a number of mechanics armed with fire extinguishers.

Following improvements on top of the timesheet from both Williams cars, Rosberg is the last one to improve before the super soft tyres are brought out during the final 15 minutes. This proved to be a battle between Mercedes and Williams, with in the end Bottas recording the best time, ahead of Hamilton and team mate Massa.

Results

Pos.NoDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
177Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:09.848-22
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:09.8980.05025
319Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:09.9010.05321
426Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:09.9270.07925
56Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:09.9990.15131
614Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:10.0540.20617
73Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:10.3920.54419
820Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:10.4490.60123
97Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:10.4880.64022
101Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:10.5620.71421
1127Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:10.6830.83522
1213Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:10.7760.92826
1325Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:11.0431.19522
148Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:11.1031.25522
1511Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:11.2351.38718
1699Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:11.2941.44624
1721Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:11.5581.71023
1817Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:11.8482.00021
1910Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:12.3202.47223
209Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:12.8923.04427
214Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:12.9153.06714
2222Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:14.2374.3894


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