Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix 2014: Results, Times for Practice and Qualifying

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Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix 2014: Results, Times for Practice and Qualifying
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Formula One returns to Austria for the first time since 2003 this weekend for the eighth round of the season after a dramatic Canadian Grand Prix last time out.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finally broke the Mercedes deadlock in Montreal two weeks ago, his maiden win making him the first victor of the season not named Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg. 

However, Rosberg's second place in North America saw him move 22 points clear of his team rival in the drivers' championship, as Hamilton could not finish the race due to a brake failure.

The Englishman will be hoping to redress that balance at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, but the Mercedes' aura of indomitability has been broken, and Red Bull will look to take advantage of its momentum.  

The Austrian track will be largely unfamiliar to most of the field, but Australian Ricciardo—who is currently out-performing his teammate, Sebastian Vettel—is raring to go ahead of the weekend's action, per Formula1.com

It's great to be going to Red Bull's home race after an awesome weekend in Canada. I've only driven the Red Bull Ring on filming days, essentially a handful of laps without the out-and-out aggression that you'll see at the weekend. It's a tidy circuit - not the longest and not many corners, but what is there is good. It's very odd going to what, essentially, is a new race but in a place where the racing history is firmly established.

Despite the 24-year-old's victory in Canada, he still sits 39 points adrift of second-placed Hamilton, and Mercedes still seem to have greater pace than all the other teams.

While Rosberg stayed on the track last time out, he also had issues with his car, which gave Red Bull its opportunity to claim victory.

All things being equal, Mercedes should once again be dominant in Austria. However, the unfamiliarity of the circuit and Hamilton's eagerness to gain ground on Rosberg could all factor into what is likely to be a very exciting race. 

Read on for full practice and qualifying results as the drivers attempt to master the remarkably few nine corners of the short Red Bull Ring.

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