Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Red Bull Ring, 2016

Ferrari one-two in final practice as Rosberg crashes

2016 Austrian Grand Prix third practice

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Sebastian Vettel edged his team mate at the top of the time sheets to set a new lap record of 1’07.098.

Mercedes endured a troubled session, as championship leader Nico Rosberg brought out the red flag as his left rear suspension failed, pitching him into the barriers on the exit of turn two, heavily damaging all four corners of his Mercedes.

Earlier in the session, track temperatures were six centigrade higher than on Friday in practice two which caused severe problems for the Mercedes drivers. Nico Rosberg was able to manage his tyres better than his team mate and notched up 14 laps on the ultra-soft tyres before his rear tyres blistered badly. Lewis Hamilton struggled with severe blistering after only eight laps on the ultrasoft tyres. Despite a request from his team to gather more data, he pitted saying; “I’m going to go off if I keep going”.

Ferrari split their strategy early on in the session between their two drivers, with Sebastian Vettel on the ultra-soft tyres, Kimi Raikkonen on the super-soft tyres, in an attempt to learn as much as possible after the rain reduced running in practice two. Raikkonen showed good pace with the less sticky tyres, running around 0.25s behind his team mate. When he put a new set of the ultra-soft tyres on he was able to match his team mates pace.

Red Bull ran strongly behind the Ferraris, Daniel Ricciardo ended up four tenths away from Raikkonen on his ultra-soft tyre run. Max Verstappen stayed away from the kerbs that caught him out on Friday and ended up 0.122s behind his team mate.

Williams improved their pace from Friday and followed very closely behind the Red Bulls, with Valterri Bottas just heading Felipe Massa taking sixth and seventh position respectively. A late spin from Bottas on his qualifying simulation run shows there may be more to come from them.

Force India, headed by Nico Hulkenberg sandwiched the McLarens in eighth and eleventh position. Fernando Alonso ran wide over the infamous yellow kerbs, causing minor damage to the front wing of his car.

PositionDriverTeamLap time
1Sebastian VettelFerrari1’07.098
2Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’07.234
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’07.308
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1’07.639
5Max VerstappenRed Bull1’07.761
6Valterri BottasWilliams1’07.814
7Felipe MassaWilliams1’07.831
8Nico HulkenbergForce India1’08.285
9Jenson ButtonMcLaren1’08.304
10Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1’08.327
11Sergio PerezForce India1’08.442
12Esteban GutierrezHaas1’08.475
13Pascal WehrleinManor1’08.534
14Romain GrosjeanHaas1’08.550
15Kevin MagnussenRenault1’08.569
16Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1’08.786
17Jolyon PalmerRenault1’08.939
18Carlos SainzToro Rosso1’09.008
19Rio HaryantoManor1’09.116
20Marcus EricssonSauber1’09.137
21Felipe NasrSauber1’09.557
22Nico RosbergMercedes1’10.959

Third practice visual gaps

Sebastian Vettel – 1’07.098

+0.136 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’07.234

+0.210 Lewis Hamilton – 1’07.308

+0.541 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’07.639

+0.663 Max Verstappen – 1’07.761

+0.716 Valtteri Bottas – 1’07.814

+0.733 Felipe Massa – 1’07.831

+1.187 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’08.285

+1.206 Jenson Button – 1’08.304

+1.229 Fernando Alonso – 1’08.327

+1.344 Sergio Perez – 1’08.442

+1.377 Esteban Gutierrez – 1’08.475

+1.436 Pascal Wehrlein – 1’08.534

+1.452 Romain Grosjean – 1’08.550

+1.471 Kevin Magnussen – 1’08.569

+1.688 Daniil Kvyat – 1’08.786

+1.841 Jolyon Palmer – 1’08.939

+1.910 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’09.008

+2.018 Rio Haryanto – 1’09.116

+2.039 Marcus Ericsson – 1’09.137

+2.459 Felipe Nasr – 1’09.557

+3.861 Nico Rosberg – 1’10.959

Combined practice times

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Sebastian VettelFerrari1’08.0221’08.5891’07.098-0.92473
2Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’08.2221’08.8201’07.234-0.98880
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’07.7301’07.9861’07.308-0.42273
4Nico RosbergMercedes1’07.3731’07.9671’10.959+3.58678
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’08.5281’08.6491’07.639-0.88986
6Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’08.9621’08.7611’07.761-163
7Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’08.9981’08.9411’07.814-1.12787
8Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’08.8241’09.1841’07.831-0.99383
9Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’09.2801’08.5801’08.285-0.29594
10Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Honda1’09.3651’08.9941’08.304-0.6980
11Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda1’09.5671’09.0751’08.327-0.74873
12Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’09.2261’08.442-0.78458
13Esteban GutierrezHaas-Ferrari1’10.1101’10.1381’08.475-1.63558
14Pascal WehrleinManor-Mercedes1’09.7751’10.0341’08.534-1.24183
15Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’09.0781’10.4001’08.550-0.52886
16Kevin MagnussenRenault1’09.7071’09.5251’08.569-0.95674
17Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Ferrari1’08.8031’08.7131’09.008+0.29577
18Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Ferrari1’08.9901’09.2071’08.786-0.20490
19Jolyon PalmerRenault1’09.8511’10.0201’08.939-0.91278
20Rio HaryantoManor-Mercedes1’10.4931’11.3281’09.116-1.37774
21Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’09.9291’10.1401’09.137-0.79279
22Felipe NasrSauber-Ferrari1’10.3141’10.4441’09.557-0.75768
23Alfonso CelisForce India-Mercedes1’10.86037

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Chris Turner
Being pelted by rain on his first visit to an F1 race at the 1998 British Grand Prix wasn't enough to dim Chris's passion...

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8 comments on “Ferrari one-two in final practice as Rosberg crashes”

  1. Yeah…Something rather peculiar

    Like the results of P3…..

  2. fixed now, thanks)

    Interesting session. So many problems for Mercsedes – first the tyre graining, then the suspension failure. Yesterday, when it was cooler, they were the best, now, with the temperature of the track rising 15 degrees, Ferrari looks very comfortable. However, before his crash Rosberg was on a lap 2 tenths faster than Vettel’s then pole time. It’s going to be an interesting qualy).

  3. By dominate you mean, bearly ahead?

    Can hardly wait for quali, it is gonna be amazing if Nico can get one from underneath Hamiltons nose.

    But also bad thing about Vettel gearbox penalty… Pretty sure Kimi wont get pole, and is not worlds greatest starter…

    1. Sorry have I missed something here, there is no mention of “dominate” in either Chris’s article or the subsequent posts … so I am not sure where you are coming from or who you are referring to.

  4. Gearbox for rosberg

    1. Oh, wow. Funny how things can pan out. Sunday can’t come too soon.

  5. Ferrari looked much stronger on their ultra-soft tyres in terms of durability than the Mercedes, certainly than that of Hamilton. It will be interesting to see the difference between Quali and the Race.

  6. Freaking luck, not one clean battle Rosberg vs Hamilton in the season yet.

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