Bottas tops final Red Bull Ring practice
21 June 2014 – Valtteri Bottas put Williams atop the timesheets during Saturday morning's final practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix. The Finn posted a best effort of 1:09.848 to edge out Mercedes driver and opening day pace-setter Lewis Hamilton by half a tenth, while team-mate Felipe Massa completed the top three positions.
Following on from their strong Friday showing, Bottas and Massa soon found a rhythm to control the session's traditional Soft tyre phase, being eclipsed only by a late run from the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.
When the switch to Super Softs arrived, Bottas kept his team in front, breaking the 1m10s barrier and improving after the chequered flag.
Hamilton was ultimately the quicker of the Mercedes drivers, with Rosberg slipping to fifth as rivals found time.
Massa backed up Bottas' performance in third, while Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat claimed fourth.
Fernando Alonso again led Ferrari's charge in sixth position, four tenths up on ninth-placed team-mate Kimi Räikkönen. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren youngster Kevin Magnussen split the duo.
Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top 10 runners, seven tenths adrift of Bottas.
Jenson Button, who was the last driver to leave the pit lane, hit technical trouble behind the wheel of his McLaren. The former World Champion completed just four laps and finished at the foot of the order.
Despite a few scares, there were no major incidents during the session. Force India's Sergio Pérez came close to dropping it at the final corner before Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi spun out, but both avoided the barriers.
Saturday's qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring gets underway at 2pm local time (GMT +2)