F1 2014

Bottas Heads Tight Final Practice – Austria FP3

Valtteri Bottas edged out Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in final practice ahead of qualifying for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, after the Briton made changes that allowed him to fractionally move ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg – who ended the session 5th behind the second Williams of Felipe Massa and the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat who improved markedly on the super-soft tyres.

Fernando Alonso was best of the rest for Ferrari and was only just over 0.1 seconds down, with 0.15 covering the top six runners in the tightest practice session of the season.

Daniel Ricciardo was 7th for Red Bull but was 0.5 down after all the drivers had trialled low fuel runs with Pirelli’s super-soft tyre compound, ahead of McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen. Jenson Button was out of luck again in the other MP4/29, when a brake-by-wire failure resulted in a minor fire in the pitlane before further problems were discovered, putting the Englishman well and truly on the back foot for qualifying after he failed to sample the super-soft tyres.

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel made up the top ten, both men down on their team-mates and continuing to wrestle with the 2014 regulations.

Qualifying is at 13:00GMT

CLASSIFICATION – FP3 – Austrian Grand Prix – 21st June 2014

POS DRIVER TEAM LAPTIME LAPS
1 Bottas Williams 1:09:848 22
2 Hamilton Mercedes 1:09:898 25
3 Massa Williams 1:09:901 21
4 Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:09:927 25
5 Rosberg Mercedes 1:09:999 31
6 Alonso Ferrari 1:10:054 17
7 Ricciardo Red Bull 1:10:392 19
8 Magnussen McLaren 1:10:449 23
9 Raikkonen Ferrari 1:10:488 22
10 Vettel Red Bull 1:10:562 21
11 Hulkenberg Force India 1:10:683 22
12 Maldonado Lotus 1:10:776 26
13 Vergne Toro Rosso 1:11:043 22
14 Grosjean Lotus 1:11:103 22
15 Perez Force India 1:11:235 18
16 Sutil Sauber 1:11:294 24
17 Gutierrez Sauber 1:11:558 23
18 Bianchi Marussia 1:11:848 21
19 Kobayashi Caterham 1:12:320 23
20 Ericsson Caterham 1:12:892 27
21 Chilton Marussia 1:12:915 14
22 Button McLaren 1:14:237 4
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