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Austrian GP: Bottas tops in third practice

2014-06-21 13:17

FINAL PRATICE SESSION: Williams' Valtteri Bottas clocked the fastest time during the third practice session ahead of qualifying for the 2014 Austrian GP Iamge: AP

SPIELBERG, Austria - Williams' Valtteri Bottas turned in the fastest time during the third and final practice session ahead of the 2014 Austrian GP, beating Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leaving championship leading Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg in fifth.

Bottas posted a fast final lap to turn in a best time of 1min 09.848 seconds, besting Hamilton by 0.050sec.

Williams team mate Felipe Massa was third and Torro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat in fourth ahead of Rosberg, who was 0.151 off the pace, as six tenths of a second covered the top eight drivers.

PEREZ GOES AIRBORNE

Force India's Sergio Perez went wide off of the track and saw his car briefly go airborne on Saturday (June 21 2014) before recovering.

Hamilton had been comfortably quicker than Rosberg in free practice on Friday (June 20 2014), when the two Mercedes were the only cars to lap in under one minute 10 seconds. Hamilton is 22 points behind Rosberg after seven races.

Hamilton has won four races to Rosberg's two so far this season, but has also suffered two costly retirements.

Third practice:
1 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min09.848
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min09.898
3 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 1min09.901
4 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso  1min09.927
5 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min09.999
6Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min10.054
7 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - 1min10.392
8 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 1min10.449
9 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min10.488
10 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - 1min10.562
11 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min10.683
12 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1min10.776
13 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1min11.043
14 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - 1min11.103
15 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1min11.235
16 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber  1min11.294
17 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber  1min11.558
18 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia  1min11.848
19 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - 1min12.320
20 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - 1min12.892
21 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia  1min12.915
22 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min14.237

Second practice
First practice results


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