Valtteri Bottas set the pace in final practice for the Austrian GP of 2014.

Austrian Grand PrixThe Finn narrowly beat Lewis Hamilton in the free practice three, he was just 0.05secs quicker than Hamilton, who was in turn just 0.053secs clear of the second Williams of Felipe Massa.

The surprise of the session was Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat who took fourth, ahead of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

The field was tightly packed around the short lap at the challenging Red Bull Ring, with just 0.079secs covering the first four and 0.2secs the top six, the fastest Red Bull was just seventh on the team’s home circuit, in the hands of Daniel Ricciardo, who was 0.17secs quicker than his four-time world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel in 10th.

Kevin Magnussen was eighth for McLaren, with team-mate Jenson Button missing most of the session after he experienced some brake problems. Kimi Raikkonen was ninth, again struggling compared to team-mate Alonso, 0.434secs adrift of the Spaniard.


Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. 77 – Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing 1:09.848 22
02. 44United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:09.898 25
03. 19 – Brazil Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing 1:09.901 21
04. 26 – Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:09.927 25
05. 06Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:09.999 31
06. 14 - Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:10.054 17
07. 03Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:10.392 19
08. 20 – Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren F1 1:10.449 23
09. 07Finland Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1:10.488 22
10. 01Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:10.562 21
11. 27 – Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 1:10.683 22
12. 13 – Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team 1:10.776 26
13. 25 – France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:11.043 22
14. 11 – Mexico Sergio Perez Sahara Force India 1:11.103 22
15. 08 – France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team 1:11.235 18
16. 99 – Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sauber F1 Team 1:11.294 24
17. 21 – Mexico Esteban Gutierrez Sauber F1 Team 1:11.558 23
18. 17 – France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team 1:11.848 21
19. 10 – Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team 1:12.320 23
20. 09 – Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 Team 1:12.892 27
21. 04 – United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team 1:12.915 14
22. 22 – United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren F1 1:14.237 4

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