Red Bull Ring Practice 3: Bottas fastest as Williams shine

Valtteri Bottas fastest in FP3

Valtteri Bottas fastest in FP3

Williams signaled their intent with a strong showing in the final Free Practice of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, as Valtteri Bottas claimed top spot on the timing screens and teammate Felipe Massa ended up third fastest in the 60 minute morning session at red Bull Ring.

Bottas’ best time of 1:09.898 was only 0.053 of a second faster than Massa, with Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes splitting the Martini backed cars on the timing sheets his best time was 0.050 of a second down on Bottas and a mere 0.003 of a second up on Massa suggesting a big qualifying battle for top spot on the grid.

Rookie Daniil Kvyat was fastest of the Renault powered brigade, impressing with the fourth best time while his Toro Rosso teammate Jean Eric Vergne could only manage the 13th fastest time. He was over a second down on the Russian.

Up next was championship leader Nico Rosberg, ahead of Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari whose teammate Kimi Raikkonen ended the session in ninth.

Lewis Hamilton second fastest in FP3

Lewis Hamilton second fastest in FP3

Canadian GP winner Daniel Ricciardo was faster than Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull camp, the pair ending up seventh and tenth respectively.

Kevin Magnussen was eighth fastest, but on the other side of the McLaren garage Jenson Button’s car was troubled with brake problems which kept him off track for most of the session. He managed only four recorded laps in the hour.

Red Bull Ring is unanimously liked by the drivers, providing a challenge to get the perfect lap in. Anything less can be punished and thus there were several big moments where cars were airborne and perilously close to the wall.

The short lap means there is very little between the drivers, and as a result, a second separated the top 12, which bodes well for fans as Qualifying and even the race should be a close contest throughout the field. (GP247)

 

Austrian Grand Prix, Free Practice 3 – Saturday, 21 June 2014
Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:09.848 22
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:09.898 0.050 25
3 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:09.901 0.053 21
4 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:09.927 0.079 25
5 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:09.999 0.151 31
6 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:10.054 0.206 17
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:10.392 0.544 19
8 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.449 0.601 23
9 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:10.488 0.640 22
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:10.562 0.714 21
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:10.683 0.835 22
12 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:10.776 0.928 26
13 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:11.043 1.195 22
14 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:11.103 1.255 22
15 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:11.235 1.387 18
16 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:11.294 1.446 24
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:11.558 1.710 23
18 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:11.848 2.000 21
19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:12.320 2.472 23
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:12.892 3.044 27
21 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:12.915 3.067 14
22 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.237 4.389 4