Ferrari top the times in final practice

2013 Chinese Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2013Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa headed the times as practice drew to a close at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Alonso was over six tenths of a second ahead of his team mate with Lewis Hamilton third and Sebastian Vettel fourth.

The session began with Charles Pic and Sergio Perez lapping, the pair having had compromised practice sessions on Friday. Their rivals joined them on track as the conditions improved, though Mark Webber and the Ferrari pair spent the first half hour in the pits.

The Lotus drivers led the way initially but were quickly overhauled by the Mercedes. Hamilton set a 1’36.961 on medium tyres with team mate Nico Rosberg within four tenths of a second of him.

When the Ferraris joined the track they slotted in behind the Mercedes and Red Bulls with their first laps, Felipe Massa complaining of oversteer on his car.

The Mercedes pair were the first to tackle the track on the faster soft tyres, but Rosberg immediately reported a problem with his car and returned to the pits so the team could investigate the suspension springs on his W04.

Hamilton lowered his best time to a 1’36.065 but it came on his second run after aborting his first attempt. Both Ferrari drivers beat his mark, Alonso by six tenths of a second, Massa by considerably less after catching Adrian Sutil at the end of his run. However Alonso’s best was a few hundredths shy of the time set by Massa yesterday.

Red Bull left their soft tyre runs until the end of the session but couldn’t beat Hamilton’s mark, let alone get close to Alonso’s time. Vettel had to settle for fourth, almost nine tenths of a second off the Ferrari.

Kimi Raikkonen took seventh for Lotus while Romain Grosjean struggled to find front end grip in his car and ended the session 18th. The two McLarens and Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber completed the top ten.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.391 13
2 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’36.013 0.622 11
3 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’36.065 0.674 18
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’36.286 0.895 17
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’36.420 1.029 15
6 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’36.549 1.158 16
7 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’36.605 1.214 16
8 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’36.693 1.302 16
9 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’36.777 1.386 16
10 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.853 1.462 15
11 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’37.072 1.681 15
12 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’37.205 1.814 18
13 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’37.300 1.909 11
14 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’37.349 1.958 12
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’37.457 2.066 16
16 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’37.487 2.096 13
17 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’37.740 2.349 20
18 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’37.813 2.422 16
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’38.496 3.105 17
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’38.821 3.430 18
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’39.627 4.236 16
22 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’39.652 4.261 18

Chinese Grand Prix combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.095 1’35.340 1’36.013 +0.673 57
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’37.965 1’35.755 1’35.391 -0.364 60
3 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’38.790 1’35.492 1’36.605 +1.113 64
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’36.717 1’35.819 1’37.349 +1.53 68
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’37.171 1’36.496 1’36.065 -0.431 77
6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’37.658 1’36.092 1’36.420 +0.328 67
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.942 1’36.791 1’36.286 -0.505 64
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1’38.069 1’36.432 1’36.693 +0.261 70
9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’38.125 1’36.514 1’36.549 +0.035 69
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’38.561 1’36.595 1’37.487 +0.892 61
11 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’39.360 1’36.940 1’36.777 -0.163 52
12 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.180 1’38.211 1’36.853 -1.358 68
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’38.398 1’36.963 1’37.813 +0.85 64
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.057 1’38.127 1’37.072 -1.055 68
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.032 1’37.103 1’37.740 +0.637 64
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.336 1’37.206 1’37.205 -0.001 76
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’39.158 1’38.276 1’37.300 -0.976 67
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’39.392 1’38.185 1’37.457 -0.728 55
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’41.966 1’38.725 1’38.496 -0.229 62
20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’39.814 1’38.821 -0.993 45
21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’42.083 1’39.271 1’39.652 +0.381 60
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.056 1’43.227 1’39.627 -2.429 39
23 Ma Qing Hua Caterham-Renault 1’43.545 20

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