Mercedes-AMG completed a clean sweep of all three practice sessions at the Austrian Grand Prix, as once again Lewis Hamilton shaded teammate Valtteri Bottas on the stopwatch at the Red Bull Ring.

With the final one-hour hit-out used to prepare for this afternoon’s qualifying session, Hamilton continued his strong Friday practice form into FP3 and showed he will be a genuine contender for pole position. The Briton posted a fastest time of 1:04.130, edging Bottas by 0.147 seconds.

Defending Austrian Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen clawed back some of the deficit to the Mercedes’ from FP2, lapping third-fastest in his Red Bull Racing Honda.

Sergio Pérez continued to show good pace in the Racing Point Mercedes, lapping fourth-fastest and one-tenth of a second faster than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

The trio’s teammates – Alexander Albon (Red Bull), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Lance Stroll (Racing Point) – completed the top eight, with all three covered by just two-tenths of a second.

Pierre Gasly had his most competitive showing in the AlfaTauri Honda, placing ninth-fastest ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris. Hot on their heels were the two factory Renaults of Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo, with Norris’ teammate Carlos Sainz thirteenth-fastest.

The session was interrupted just before the halfway point by a heavy accident for Williams rookie Nicholas Latifi. The Canadian ran wide over the sausage kerbs at the exit of Turn 1, lost the back end of his car and hit the barriers. The impact damaged the FW43’s front wing, but was severe enough to trigger the G-force light and force Latifi to take lift back to the circuit medical centre for assessment.


FORMULA 1 ROLEX GROβER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 2020 – FREE PRACTICE SESSION 3
Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11 1:04.130 21
2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11 1:04.277 + 0.147 22
3. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RB16 1:04.413 + 0.283 20
4. Sergio Pérez Racing Point Logo 2020 Racing Point F1 Team RP20 1:04.605 + 0.475 19
5. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:04.703 + 0.573 19
6. Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing RB16 1:04.725 + 0.595 22
7. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:04.851 + 0.721 20
8. Lance Stroll Racing Point Logo 2020 Racing Point F1 Team RP20 1:04.918 + 0.788 18
9. Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:04.949 + 0.819 19
10. Lando Norris McLaren Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:04.950 + 0.820 22
11. Esteban Ocon Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 1:05.037 + 0.907 11
12. Daniel Ricciardo Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 1:05.088 + 0.958 13
13. Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:05.177 + 1.047 24
14. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:05.290 + 1.160 24
15. Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:05.363 + 1.233 18
16. George Russell Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:05.565 + 1.435 21
17. Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:05.648 + 1.518 18
18. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:05.654 + 1.524 16
19. Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:05.773 + 1.643 19
20. Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:07.049 + 2.919 6

Image via Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

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