Sebastian Vettel has ended the third and final practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix fastest, just 0.017 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. Kimi Raikkonen was a tenth of a second behind in third.

Both Hamilton and Rosberg were fast early in the session, although Vettel quickly demoted the pair setting a time two-tenths of a second ahead of Hamilton.

Sergio Pérez was the highest of the Force Indias in fourth, as he was able to put two laps in on the Super Soft tyre.

Halfway through the session the red flag came out when Fernando Alonso’s McLaren stopped on track with a suspected gearbox problem. The stoppage came at a bad time as drivers were preparing to put on the Super Soft tyre and complete their qualifying simulations.

The session resumed after five minutes and a small line of cars queued at the pit lane exit. Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen and Max Verstappen were eager to get running on the Super Soft tyres, however they were out of luck as the rain started to fall as they were on their out lap.

Once the rain had settled in, Nico Hülkenberg was the first to venture out onto the track on intermediate tyres. He was quick to return to the pits citing that the track had no grip at all.

After a five-minute lull, Carlos Sainz Jr. was the first to put on the wet compound tyre and test the grip of the track’s surface. Vettel quickly joined him, choosing to use the intermediate tyres, which proved to be a risky decision as he struggled to keep his Ferrari on the track.

Eventually most of the drivers took to the track on full wets, with the Lotus and Manor Marussia pair opting to stay in the garage. Hamilton also decided against running in the wet while team-mate Rosberg put two laps in.

Qualifying for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix begind at 14:00 local time (GMT +2).


Formula 1 Grosser Preis von Österreich 2015 – Free Practice 3 Results
Pos Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:09.994 16
2. Lewis Hamilton uk Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:10.011 + 0.017 16
3. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:10.177 + 0.183 12
4. Sergio Pérez mx Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08 1:10.221 + 0.227 14
5. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:10.332 + 0.338 23
6. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:10.408 + 0.414 18
7. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:10.417 + 0.423 14
8. Max Verstappen nl Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:10.436 + 0.442 23
9. Pastor Maldonado ve Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid 1:10.576 + 0.582 12
10. Romain Grosjean fr Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid 1:10.863 + 0.869 8
11. Nico Hülkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08 1:11.009 + 1.015 14
12. Marcus Ericsson se Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:11.058 + 1.064 22
13. Carlos Sainz es Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:11.139 + 1.145 18
14. Daniil Kvyat ru Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:11.139 + 1.145 14
15. Fernando Alonso es McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:11.168 + 1.174 13
16. Daniel Ricciardo au Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:11.819 + 1.825 10
17. Felipe Nasr br Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:11.906 + 1.912 9
18. Jenson Button uk McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:12.616 + 2.622 16
19. Will Stevens uk Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:13.328 + 3.334 14
20. Roberto Merhi es Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:13.960 + 3.966 8

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