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Nico Rosberg involved in crash in third practice session

Championship leader Nico Rosberg crashes out of the third practice session ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel has recorded the fastest time in third practice ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, but the session was dominated by a crash involving Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.

Despite appearing to do little wrong, the championship leader spun off the track at Turn Two, with replays suggesting that suspension failure could have been the reason for the incident.

Rosberg walked away unhurt but he was visibly frustrated with the issue occurring just a couple of hours before the start of qualifying.

Vettel was joined at the top of the leaderboard by teammate Kimi Raikkonen, while Lewis Hamilton was marginally slower in third place.

Daniel Ricciardo was fourth in the Red Bull, with McLaren pair Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso finishing in ninth and 10th respectively.

Full standings:

1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
5. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
6. Valtteri Bottas (Williams)
7. Felipe Massa (Williams)
8. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
9. Jenson Button (McLaren)
10. Fernando Alonso (McLaren)
11. Sergio Perez (Force India)
12. Esteban Gutierrez (Haas)
13. Pascal Wehrlein (Manor)
14. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
15. Kevin Magnussen (Renault)
16. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
17. Jolyon Palmer (Renault)
18. Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso)
19. Rio Haryanto (Manor)
20. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)
21. Felipe Nasr (Sauber)
22. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

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Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari looks on as he sits in the garage during final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 5, 2015
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