Massa edges Raikkonen in final practice

2013 Spanish Grand Prix third practice

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013Felipe Massa led Kimi Raikkonen by a mere six thousandths of a second at the end of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver set a fastest time of 1’21.901 in the dying moments of the final hour of practice, taking the top time off the Lotus.

Massa set his quickest time on the medium tyres and earlier on team mate Fernando Alonso had been the quickest driver on the hard compound. He ended the session sixth fastest having been one of the first drivers to do his medium tyre lap.

Sebastian Vettel left his medium tyre run until the final minutes, but ended up slower than his team mate. The pair were split by the second Lotus of Romain Grosjean, who went quickest in the first sector before losing time later in the lap.

Both Force Indias were in the top ten but the fastest Mercedes was only ninth as the team seemed more preoccupied with working on their race performance. Jean-Eric Vergne was an encouraging tenth for Toro Rosso.

That left Jenson Button outside of the top ten once again for McLaren. Team mate Sergio Perez’s efforts in the much-revised MP4-28 were stymied by the loss of some bodywork when he ran over the kerb at the final corner, and a power steering problem.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’21.901 13
2 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’21.907 0.006 14
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’22.044 0.143 17
4 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’22.069 0.168 13
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’22.229 0.328 17
6 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’22.254 0.353 15
7 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’22.574 0.673 11
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’22.729 0.828 17
9 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’22.740 0.839 45
10 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.759 0.858 15
11 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.839 0.938 26
12 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’23.151 1.250 13
13 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’23.371 1.470 21
14 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’23.373 1.472 13
15 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’23.385 1.484 17
16 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’23.388 1.487 18
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’23.660 1.759 16
18 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’23.767 1.866 17
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’24.775 2.874 18
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’24.793 2.892 16
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’25.135 3.234 17
22 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’25.250 3.349 18

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’25.455 1’23.110 1’21.901 -1.209 70
2 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’26.614 1’23.030 1’21.907 -1.123 67
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’29.473 1’22.891 1’22.044 -0.847 74
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’26.042 1’25.851 1’22.069 -3.782 70
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’29.457 1’22.808 1’22.229 -0.579 62
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’25.252 1’22.825 1’22.254 -0.571 70
7 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’26.755 1’24.104 1’22.574 -1.53 52
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’26.212 1’23.840 1’22.729 -1.111 78
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’26.374 1’23.140 1’22.740 -0.4 99
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.667 1’24.058 1’22.759 -1.299 71
11 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.621 1’23.398 1’22.839 -0.559 92
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1’24.306 1’23.151 -1.155 54
13 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.250 1’25.441 1’23.371 -2.07 84
14 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’27.135 1’24.854 1’23.373 -1.481 50
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’27.576 1’25.321 1’23.385 -1.936 73
16 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.061 1’25.167 1’23.388 -1.779 80
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’26.456 1’24.888 1’23.660 -1.228 74
18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.940 1’24.175 1’23.767 -0.408 75
19 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’26.930 1’24.775 -2.155 53
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’28.887 1’26.078 1’24.793 -1.285 61
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’26.970 1’25.135 -1.835 43
22 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’28.600 1’25.963 1’25.250 -0.713 67
23 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’28.373 14
24 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’30.314 13

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2 comments on Massa edges Raikkonen in final practice

  1. Aldoid said on 11th May 2013, 11:35

    Mercedes definitely intent on sorting out their race pace: both cars the only ones racking up over 90 laps so far this weekend. Hope it pays off, & that they haven’t lost much (if anything) over one lap. Otherwise, it seems pretty tight at the top… Qualies should be quite interesting.

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