Alonso quickest despite spin in final practice

2013 Bahrain Grand Prix third practice

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013Fernando Alonso was quickest in the final practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix despite spinning.

Lotus led the way early in the session but this time it was Romain Grosjean who headed the times with a 1’33.464.

Ferrari made their customary late appearance in the final practice session, taking to the track halfway through. But Fernando Alonso couldn’t beat Grosjean’s time, setting a 1’33.620 for second.

Both drivers were relegated when Sebastian Vettel took to the track and lowered the quickest time on hard tyres to a 1’33.348.

Alonso hit hit trouble when he returned to the track for his second run. The F138 snapped out of control at the exit of turn two, pitching him into the gravel trap. He carefully extracted his car from the run-off and returned to the pits.

Mercedes were the first team to switch to the medium compound tyres, but Lewis Hamilton was unable to beat Vettel’s fastest time on hards. A 1’33.455 left him second.

Alonso produced a clean lap with his first run on mediums and took the fastest time off Vettel with a 1’33.247. But when the Red Bull driver came out at the end of the session he caught Charles Pic at the final corner and had to back off.

Mark Webber improved to third with his last lap. Kimi Raikkonen took fourth ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who suffered a puncture at the end of the session.

The margins between the leading cars was very slim, with 0.675s covering the top ten. Felipe Massa was among those outside the top ten, followed by Jenson Button, who complained of traffic on his last lap. His team mate also complained he’d been held up in the last corner by Alonso.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’33.247 12
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’33.348 0.101 15
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’33.380 0.133 19
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’33.446 0.199 21
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’33.455 0.208 19
6 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’33.464 0.217 19
7 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’33.596 0.349 17
8 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’33.700 0.453 15
9 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’33.764 0.517 19
10 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.922 0.675 17
11 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’33.949 0.702 20
12 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’34.117 0.870 17
13 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’34.282 1.035 18
14 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.577 1.330 16
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’34.611 1.364 17
16 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.678 1.431 16
17 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’34.833 1.586 17
18 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’35.816 2.569 16
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’36.731 3.484 17
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’36.939 3.692 16
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’37.630 4.383 7
22 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.592 6.345 29

Complete Bahrain Grand Prix practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’34.564 1’34.310 1’33.247 -1.063 60
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’34.790 1’34.282 1’33.348 -0.934 64
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’35.101 1’34.184 1’33.380 -0.804 64
4 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’35.345 1’34.154 1’33.446 -0.708 69
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’35.792 1’34.976 1’33.455 -1.521 64
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’35.611 1’34.631 1’33.464 -1.167 66
7 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’35.119 1’34.932 1’33.596 -1.336 69
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’34.949 1’34.543 1’33.700 -0.843 67
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’34.621 1’34.666 1’33.764 -0.857 78
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.755 1’36.133 1’33.922 -2.211 73
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’34.487 1’34.552 1’33.949 -0.538 65
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1’35.069 1’35.356 1’34.117 -0.952 71
13 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’35.640 1’35.589 1’34.282 -1.307 78
14 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.485 1’35.761 1’34.577 -1.184 69
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’35.783 1’36.579 1’34.611 -1.172 61
16 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.014 1’35.506 1’34.678 -0.828 71
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’36.498 1’36.279 1’34.833 -1.446 67
18 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’37.850 1’37.061 1’35.816 -1.245 69
19 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’37.214 1’36.616 1’39.592 +2.976 84
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’37.363 1’36.731 -0.632 46
21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’37.970 1’36.939 -1.031 29
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’39.445 1’37.313 1’37.630 +0.317 52
23 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’38.401 20
24 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’40.215 7

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23 comments on Alonso quickest despite spin in final practice

  1. Eggry (@eggry) said on 20th April 2013, 10:12

    It should be pretty intense for the pole even though I don’t think it’s gonna be one of Ferraris.

  2. Prof Kirk (@prof-kirk) said on 20th April 2013, 10:12

    Force India have rolled up their sleeves

  3. brny666 said on 20th April 2013, 10:21

    Nico really should have stayed at Force India. Oh well hindsight is a wonderful if sometimes cruel thing. Hopefully this doesn’t hurt him in the long run.

  4. Dizzy said on 20th April 2013, 10:23

    Regarding Hamilton’s end of session issue with the Left/Rear.

    I’d be surprised if a suspension failure would immediately tear the entire tread off a tyre, more likely a tyre failure which broke the suspension.

  5. TMF (@tmf42) said on 20th April 2013, 10:27

    It seems everybody can be fast in this Ferrari – the rest of the field might as well accept that they aren’t driving against Alonso but Pat Fry.

  6. I think Vettel is looking good for pole… His run on the medium component was compromised by traffic otherwise he would have gone quicker… Hope I am wrong :)

  7. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 20th April 2013, 10:30

    Vettel clearly fasted. Just one tenth slower on hards than Alonso on medium.

  8. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 20th April 2013, 10:52

    Q3 should be a one man show with Vettel within 0.1 despite setting his time on the harder compound.

  9. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 20th April 2013, 11:09

    What’s up with Massa going slow again. Back to old habits?

  10. Jay Menon (@jaymenon10) said on 20th April 2013, 11:09

    Vettel for Pole…if Webber digs deep it could very well be a front row lock out for the bulls.

    Ferrari or Lotus to win the race!

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