SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 30: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF71H on track during final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on June 30, 2018 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel finished on top of the time charts at the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring on Saturday. The two Mercedes drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, finished behind the Ferrari driver.

Sebastian Vettel Tops Final Practice Session

The 60-minute long free practice session started under cloudy, but improving weather. The air temperature was 23 degrees C and the track temperature was 30 degrees C. The Pirelli tyre choice at this race is the yellow striped Soft tyre, red striped Supersoft tyre, and purple striped Ultrasoft tyre.

Vettel Avoids Trouble In Hectic Session

The weekend-long trend of brutal kerbs damaging cars continued with Brendan Hartley getting the worst of it in this session. A part of Hartley’s front wing was torn off, ending his session early. Stoffel Vandoorne‘s car saw a similar fate nearly right after.

Panic For The Sauber and Red Bull Garage

Both Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc had major car issues, making them pull over at trackside and get towed back to the pits. Verstappen saw his issue in sector 2, where on the radio he told his team that the engine “just turned off.” Verstappen’s dashboard went fully black. Leclerc’s issue was similar but also different, as while his dashboard stayed on, he suspected he had an engine issue. He pulled over just after leaving the pit exit.

Frustration boiled over for Pierre Gasly when Esteban Ocon was blocking his way, saying “(It’s) always the same story with him (Ocon)”, while struggling to get past him on the track.

Some teams scrambled to fix their cars for the fast approaching Qualifying session while other teams have time to fine tune the setup in the meantime.

FP3 Full Results:

Pos No Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:04.070 22
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:04.099 +0.029s 24
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:04.204 +0.134s 24
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:04.470 +0.400s 22
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:04.791 +0.721s 14
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:04.891 +0.821s 18
7 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:04.916 +0.846s 17
8 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:05.013 +0.943s 16
9 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:05.086 +1.016s 22
10 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:05.219 +1.149s 25
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:05.228 +1.158s 19
12 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:05.264 +1.194s 25
13 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:05.444 +1.374s 21
14 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:05.448 +1.378s 19
15 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:05.502 +1.432s 24
16 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:05.699 +1.629s 27
17 28 Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:05.705 +1.635s 23
18 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:05.837 +1.767s 16
19 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:06.029 +1.959s 23
20 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:06.318 +2.248s 22

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