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2015-06-19 18:28


'SO HERE'S HOW IT WENT, GUYS': Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel speaks to journalists at the Red Bull hospitality booth ahead of the 2015 Austrian Formula 1 GP at Spielberg, Austria. Image: AFP / Joe Klamar

SPIELBERG, Austria Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was first and last in Austrian Grand Prix practice on a Friday that team principal Maurizio Arrivabene will not forget in a hurry after nearly being run over by Felipe Massa.

Vettel completed only four laps in the morning session before pulling over with a gearbox problem but he did 28 in the afternoon and ended the day with the fastest lap of 1min09.600.


Nico Rosberg, 2014's winner who set the pace for Mercedes before lunch, was second with a time just 0.11 slower than the four-times champion on an afternoon with occasional spots of rain and sporadic sunshine.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest in both sessions.

If that put a smile on Arrivabene's face, it made up for the shock he showed when he tried to cross the pitslane just as former Ferrari driver Massa was being released from the Williams garage.

As the Brazilian braked, the Italian jumped back and then saluted him with both men able to laugh off the scare afterwards.

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who has yet to win in Austria, was second fastest in the morning but only fifth in the afternoon after making a series of errors.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso, with a big upgrade on his car but an even bigger 20 place grid penalty coming his way after changes to the engine, was only 17th and 16th fastest respectively.

Alonso's car broke down before he had done a lap and he was confined to the garage until the final 15 minutes of the first session.

Both McLarens were then stopped well before the end of the afternoon with Jenson Button reporting a 'massive' lack of power.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest for Mercedes-powered Williams in the morning, at the track where the Finn took his first podium finish last year, but dropped to 14th in the second stint as the team focused on high fuel runs.

2015 Austrian GP 2nd practice results
1 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1min09.600 
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min09.611 
3 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min09.860 
4 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Mercedes 1min09.914 
5 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min10.137 
6 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India - 1min10.160 
7 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - 1min10.267 
8 Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso - 1min10.356 
9 Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber - 1min10.495 
10 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - 1min10.585 
11 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso - 1min10.631 
12 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull - 1min10.686 
13 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber - 1min10.744 
14 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1min10.746 
15 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1min11.011 
16 Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1min11.517 
17 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - 1min11.676 
18 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min11.919 
19 Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia -  1min12.522 
20 Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia - 1min13.094

1st practice results


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