F1: Vettel leads final practice in Austria

Sebastian Vettel before the rains came

In a session slowed by rain for the final 20 minutes, thereby preventing ultimate fast times, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel turned the fastest lap for the 2nd session in a row to top final practice for the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring. Vettel was the only driver below the 1m10s mark with a lap of 1m09.994s, which was slower than his fast time Friday of 1m09.600s

Lewis Hamilton was 2nd for Mercedes with a time of 1m10.011s just 0.017s adrift. Showing the strength of Ferrari this weekend, Kimi Raikkonen was third at 1m10.177s.

Sergio Perez was a surprise 4th for Force India and Nico Rosberg in the 2nd Mercedes rounded out the top-5.

But don't let the fact that Ferrari was fastest fool you. Hamilton and his sandbagging Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg traded times at the top of the timesheets in the early part of the session before Vettel beat them both.

Hamilton was on course to reclaim top spot, having clocked the fastest first and second sectors, but he ran wide after getting out of shape in the final corner so he never had a chance to slap on the super-soft tires and show his real speed.

Qualifying is up next and it could be a wet session.

Results

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:09.994 +0.000s 16
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:10.011 +0.017s 16
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:10.177 +0.183s 12
4 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:10.221 +0.227s 14
5 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:10.332 +0.338s 23
6 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:10.408 +0.414s 18
7 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:10.417 +0.423s 14
8 33 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:10.436 +0.442s 23
9 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:10.576 +0.582s 12
10 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:10.863 +0.869s 8
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:11.009 +1.015s 14
12 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:11.058 +1.064s 22
13 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:11.139 +1.145s 18
14 26 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:11.139 +1.145s 14
15 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:11.168 +1.174s 13
16 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:11.819 +1.825s 10
17 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:11.906 +1.912s 9
18 22 Jenson Button McLaren 1:12.616 +2.622s 16
19 28 Will Stevens Marussia 1:13.328 +3.334s 14
20 98 Roberto Merhi Marussia 1:13.960 +3.966s 8

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