F1: Mercedes begin their Austrian Waltz

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton prepared for their Austrian Waltz this weekend by topping the opening practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix. Rosberg set a best time of 1m10.401s around the Red Bull Ring, but Hamilton always lets Rosberg lead a session or two before he smokes him on Sunday.

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was third while his teammate Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari stopped early and was an embarrassing dead last as the German is suffering his 2nd straight weekend of horrible Ferrari reliability.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest in his Williams while Felipe Nasr rounded out the top-5 in what was largely a track-cleaning session outside of Zeltweg.


Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes 1m10.401s 0.000s 36
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m10.709s 0.308s 28
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1m11.028s 0.627s 22
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m11.452s 1.051s 26
5 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m11.633s 1.232s 28
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m11.642s 1.241s 31
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m11.724s 1.323s 29
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m11.825s 1.424s 38
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m11.890s 1.489s 29
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m11.905s 1.504s 37
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m11.948s 1.547s 32
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m12.004s 1.603s 34
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m12.031s 1.630s 36
14 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m12.050s 1.649s 27
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m12.159s 1.758s 30
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m12.920s 2.519s 30
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m13.272s 2.871s 10
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m13.937s 3.536s 29
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m15.459s 5.058s 11
20 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m15.684s 5.283s 4

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