Vettel fastest again in rain-hit final Austrian GP practice

CH77wjOWEAArOK4Sebastian Vettel continued his good form during practice for the Austrian Grand Prix by topping the final free practice session on Saturday morning.

Vettel posted a fastest lap of 1:09.994 to finish 0.017 seconds clear of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton as rain prevented any of the drivers from improving their times in the final 20 minutes of the session.

On the soft tire runs in the first half of the session, Ferrari once again managed to compete closely with Mercedes as Kimi Raikkonen slotted into third place behind Vettel and Hamilton.

However, a red flag period caused by another stoppage for Fernando Alonso meant that no-one was able to complete a qualifying simulation as originally planned.

Austrian Grand Prix Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:09.994 Leader Leader 16
2 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:10.011 -0.017 -0.017 16
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:10.177 -0.183 -0.166 12
4 11 Sergio Perez 1:10.221 -0.227 -0.044 14
5 6 Nico Roseberg 1:10.332 -0.338 -0.111 23
6 19 Felipe Massa 1:10.408 -0.414 -0.076 18
7 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:10.417 -0.423 -0.009 14
8 33 Max Verstappen 1:10.436 -0.442 -0.019 23
9 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:10.576 -0.582 -0.140 12
10 8 Romain Grojean 1:10.863 -0.869 -0.287 8
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:11.009 -1.015 -0.146 14
12 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:11.058 -1.064 -0.049 22
13 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:11.139 -1.145 -0.081 18
14 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:11.139 -1.145 0.000 14
15 14 Fernando Alonso 1:11.168 -1.174 -0.029 13
16 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:11.819 -1.825 -0.651 10
17 12 Felipe Nasr 1:11.906 -1.912 -0.087 9
18 22 Jenson Button 1:12.616 -2.622 -0.710 16
19 28 Will Stevens 1:13.328 -3.334 -0.712 14
20 98 Roberto Merhi 1:13.960 -3.966 -0.632 8

 

 

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