Bottas tops Austrian GP final practice for Williams

Valtteri Bottas Williams FW36 Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas topped a busy final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix to continue a strong weekend for Williams.

Bottas shot to the top of the time sheets on his final run on the supersoft tyres with a lap of 1:09.848 to relegate Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to second by just half a tenth, while the Finn’s Williams team-mate Felipe Massa rounded out the top three, three thousandths of a second shy of the 2008 champion.

Daniil Kvyat was a fine fourth for Toro Rosso, ahead of Nico Rosberg in fifth, the current championship leader the pace setter on the soft tyres.

Fernando Alonso ended the session sixth fastest for Ferrari, three tenths up on Daniel Ricciardo in the lead Red Bull.

Kevin Magnussen was eighth for McLaren, while Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top ten for Ferrari and Red Bull respectively.

McLaren’s Jenson Button ended the session slowest overall after a minor off and a small right rear brake fire, that enforced a lengthy change of the floor and the brake calliper itself, confined him to the garage for the majority of the session.

Free Practice Three – Classification

1.  Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Mercedes – 1:09.848 – 22 laps

2.  Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:09.898s  +0.050 – 25 laps

3.  Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes – 1:09.901s  +0.053 – 21 laps

4.  Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:09.927s  +0.079 – 25 laps

5.  Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:09.999s  +0.151 – 31 laps

6.  Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:10.054s  +0.206 – 17 laps

7.  Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault – 1:10.392s  +0.544 – 19 laps

8.  Kevin Magnussen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:10.449s  +0.601 – 23 laps

9.  Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:10.488s  +0.640 – 22 laps

10.  Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault – 1:10.562  +0.714 – 21 laps

11.  Nico Hulkenberg – Force India-Mercedes – 1:10.683  +0.835 – 22 laps

12.  Pastor Maldonado – Lotus-Renault – 1m:10.776  +0.928 – 26 laps

13.  Jean-Rric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:11.043  +1.195 – 22 laps

14.  Romain Grosjean – Lotus-Renault – 1:11.103  +1.255 – 22 laps

15.  Sergio Perez – Force India-Mercedes – 1:11.235  +1.387 – 18 laps

16.  Adrian Sutil – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:11.294  +1.446 – 24 laps

17.  Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:11.558  +1.710 – 23 laps

18.  Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:11.848  +2.000 – 21 laps

19.  Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault – 1:12.320  +2.472 – 23 laps

20.  Marcus Ericsson – Caterham-Renault – 1:12.892  +3.044 – 27 laps

21.  Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:12.915  +3.067 – 14 laps

22.  Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:14.237  +4.389 – 4 laps

Image courtesy of Pirelli Media

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