FP3: Mercedes leading, but advantage has shrunk

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Mercedes continued to dominate in Austria with another 1-2 in final practice, giving them a comfortable mindset for the upcoming qualifying session that start in two hours time.

Max Verstappen was once again the fastest contender for Red Bull Racing. His reduced disadvantage to the Mercedes duo will be pleasing, given that the team's protect against the DAS system has been rejected this morning by the FIA.

Sergio Perez continued to run strongly for Racing Point, once again several tenths and positions up on his team mate Lance Stroll, who managed just 8th in the 'pink Mercedes'.

Leclerc and Vettel were 5th and 7th, sandwiching the second Red Bull Racing of Alex Albon. Gasly and Norris completes the top 10, leaving the "very fast" Renault out of the top 10.

Further down, George Russell made it to a strong 16th position for Williams Racing, in between the Haas cars, and ahead of the Alfa Romeo racers. His team mate, Nicholas Latifi, veered off the track and ended up last, completing just 6 laps in the one-hour session.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:04.130-21
277Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:04.277+0.147s22
333Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA1:04.413+0.283s20
411Sergio PerezRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:04.605+0.475s19
516Charles LeclercFERRARI1:04.703+0.573s18
623Alexander AlbonRED BULL RACING HONDA1:04.725+0.595s22
75Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:04.851+0.721s19
818Lance StrollRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:04.918+0.788s18
910Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI HONDA1:04.949+0.819s19
104Lando NorrisMCLAREN RENAULT1:04.950+0.820s22
1131Esteban OconRENAULT1:05.037+0.907s11
123Daniel RicciardoRENAULT1:05.088+0.958s13
1355Carlos SainzMCLAREN RENAULT1:05.177+1.047s24
1426Daniil KvyatALPHATAURI HONDA1:05.290+1.160s24
158Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI1:05.363+1.233s17
1663George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:05.565+1.435s21
1720Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:05.648+1.518s17
1899Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:05.654+1.524s16
197Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:05.773+1.643s18
206Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:07.049+2.919s6