F1: Vettel leads practice 3, big crash for Rosberg

F1: Vettel leads practice 3, big crash for Rosberg

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F1: Vettel leads practice 3, big crash for Rosberg


Sebastian Vettel edged out Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen to set the pace in final Austrian Grand Prix practice, while Nico Rosberg crashed following a suspension failure.

Vettel clocked a 1m07.098s on the ultra-softs, 0.136 seconds clear of Raikkonen with Lewis Hamilton just under a tenth further back in third.

Reigning champion Hamilton ran wide at Turn 8 early in the session and radioed his Mercedes team complaining about his rear tires, which looked to be badly blistered. After a long stint in the garage, he returned to the track for his qualifying simulation, but had to abort his run when the session was red-flagged after Rosberg crashed.

The championship leader ran onto the curbs on the exit of Turn 2 with the left-rear tire vibrating heavily. The suspension then appeared to fail, pitching him into the barriers nose-first before he rebounded back onto the track.

Mercedes is investigating the issue and now faces a race to get the car fixed in time for qualifying later on Saturday afternoon. As Rosberg was unable to complete a low-fuel run at the end of the session, he ended up bottom of the times.

After a 10-minute stoppage, the session restarted with drivers left with just 12 minutes to complete their qualifying simulations. Vettel was first to set a lap time and promptly went quickest while Hamilton’s first effort was 0.656s off the pace.

After a cool-down lap, Hamilton improved to a 1m07.308s but could not make any further inroads into Vettel’s leading time.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth quickest, half a second off the pace but a tenth quicker than teammate Max Verstappen.

Valtteri Bottas ruined his final run when he pushed too hard into Turn 8 and spun but was still sixth, a fraction ahead of Williams teammate Felipe Massa.

Nico Hulkenberg, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, who lost a piece of bodywork from his McLaren when he clobbered the aggressive yellow curbs late in the session, completed the top 10.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m07.098ss 1m07.098s 20
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m07.234ss 0.136s 26
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m07.308ss 0.210s 20
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m07.639ss 0.541s 22
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m07.761ss 0.663s 22
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m07.814ss 0.716s 23
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m07.831ss 0.733s 27
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m08.285ss 1.187s 23
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m08.304ss 1.206s 19
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m08.327ss 1.229s 17
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m08.442ss 1.344s 26
12 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m08.475ss 1.377s 22
13 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m08.534ss 1.436s 29
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m08.550ss 1.452s 21
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m08.569ss 1.471s 31
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m08.786ss 1.688s 32
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m08.939ss 1.841s 27
18 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m09.008ss 1.910s 11
19 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m09.116ss 2.018s 28
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m09.137ss 2.039s 25
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m09.557ss 2.459s 20
22 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m10.959ss 3.861s 16


Originally on Autosport.com

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