Vettel fastest as Rosberg crashes out

By on Saturday, July 2, 2016
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari 1-2 during the final practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix as championship leader Nico Rosberg crashed out.

Vettel set the quickest time of the weekend so far, a 1:07.098, to beat team-mate Kimi Räikkönen by 0.136s, as Rosberg finished at the bottom of the time sheets.

Rosberg, who had just set the quickest overall sector one time, suffered a left rear suspension failure as he exiting Turn 2.

The failure pitched Rosberg into the barriers on the exit of the corner and the front of his Mercedes W07 Hybrid sustained damage.

Mercedes is currently investigating the precise cause of Rosberg’s failure.

Lewis Hamilton was third quickest, with Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen fourth and fifth.

Williams took sixth and seventh courtesy of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, the Finnish driver suffering a spin at the final corner.

Nico Hülkenberg was eighth for Force India, the only driver in the top 10 to set his best time on Super Soft tyres, ahead of McLaren pair Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, with Sergio Pérez placing 11th.

Haas took 12th and 14th, with Esteban Gutiérrez beating Romain Grosjean, while Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein was a lofty 13th.

Kevin Magnussen was 15th, after spending a lengthy amount of time on the Soft tyres, ahead of Daniil Kvyat, Jolyon Palmer and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Rio Haryanto took 19th, in front of Sauber duo Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.

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