Mercedes power dominates final Austrian GP practice

Mercedes power continued to reign supreme in Zeltweg in final practice for the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring taking 4 of the 5 top spots. Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes powered Williams topped final practice and became only the fourth driver to lead a P3 session this year.

Lewis Hamilton was second, but only by 0.003s ahead of the 2nd Williams of Felipe Massa as the first four cars were covered by just 0.079s.


Bottas pulled out a fastest final sector on his final lap of the session to go top on a 1:09.848, leaving him just 0.050s ahead of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes. It was a strong session for Williams, with Felipe Massa third quickest and only 0.003s slower than Hamilton.

Fourth was Daniil Kvyat in the Toro Rosso with a 1:09.927, while Nico Rosberg could only set the fifth quickest time with a 1:09.999 which left him just ahead of Fernando Alonso as the top six were separated by 0.206s. However, the quickest times were still 0.3s slower than Hamilton managed in Friday practice, suggesting Mercedes has plenty of pace in hand.

Daniel Ricciardo was seventh quickest – over half a second off the pace – with Kevin Magnussen, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel rounding out the top ten. Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado were the other drivers within a second of Bottas' time.


Pos Driver Nationality Team Time
1. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes 1:09.848
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes GP 1:09.898
3. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes 1:09.901
4. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault 1:09.927
5. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP 1:09.999
6. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari 1:10.054
7. Daniel Ricciardo Australian Red Bull-Renault 1:10.392
8. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.449
9. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari 1:10.488
10. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1:10.562
11. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes 1:10.683
12. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault 1:10.776
13. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault 1:11.043
14. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1:11.103
15. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes 1:11.235
16. Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari 1:11.294
17. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1:11.558
18. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari 1:11.848
19. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Caterham-Renault 1:12.320
20. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault 1:12.892
21. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Ferrari 1:12.915
22. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.237

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