In third was championship leader Nico Rosberg of Mercedes AMG with a 1.08.944, while positions four and five went to Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo respectively. Sixth went to McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen while seventh went to Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.
Ferrari’s other driver Kimi Räikkönen never got a clean lap and could do no better than eighth, while ninth position went to Mercedes AMG’s Lewis Hamilton. The Briton was one of the quickest earlier in the day but spun out later and didn’t set a final time. Fortunately, he was quick enough earlier in the day to secure ninth spot on the grid. Rounding out the top ten was Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.
The weather conditions are still looking good for tomorrow’s race, which is taking place at the Red Bull Ring in the Austrian city of Spielberg. It should be an interesting day, especially since Williams hasn’t had a front row locked out since the 2003 German Grand Prix.
Going into the race, Nico Rosberg leads the 2014 Drivers’ Championship with 140 points. Lewis Hamilton is second with 118 points, while Daniel Ricciardo is third with 79 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes AMG is the clear leader with 258 points versus the 139 of Red Bull Racing and 87 of Ferrari.