Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two in the final practice of the Austrian Grand Prix, as Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg crashed out from the session.
With 20 minutes left in FP3, Rosberg lost his Mercedes at the exit of turn 2, severely damaging the rear end of his car. Red flags were brought out abruptly and replays suggested that a rear suspension failure might be the cause of his unusual incident.
After the session resumed, Vettel lapped the Red Bull Ring in 1:07.098, two tenths clear of teammate Kimi Raikkonen, to take the top spot in the timesheets.
Lewis Hamilton finished three tenths adrift in third place, unable to challenge the Ferraris despite multiple attempts in the final part of the session.
Meanwhile, Red Bull drivers were fourth and fifth fastest in the session, with Daniel Ricciardo leading Max Verstappen by just a tenth of a second.
Williams were next in the order, with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa sixth and seventh fastest respectively in the session.
Further back, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg finished eighth, ahead of the McLaren duo of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
Sergio Perez, who got very little running on Friday, finished on the cusp of the top 10 in 11th.
by Rachit Thukral