Mercedes quickest again in final practice

2013 British Grand Prix third practice

Nico Rosberg, Silverstone, Mercedes, 2013Mercedes showed their rivals the quickest way around the Silverstone circuit in the final hour practice.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of qualifying for the British Grand Prix. Hamilton was on top of the time with nine minutes to go but ran wide at Brooklands during one of his laps.

Shortly afterwards Rosberg produced a 1’31.497 to top the table for the second time this weekend.

The two Red Bulls were next up. Sebastian Vettel spent most of the session towards the bottom of the times before he and Mark Webber went out for their final runs. But they and several other drivers had to back off when Sergio Perez spun at Chapel.

The McLaren had just returned to the track after spending much of the session in the garage. He suffered a complete failure of the left-rear tyre on his car which caused some floor damage.

Several drivers went off during the final practice of hour, mostly at Brooklands or in the high-speed Becketts section. Felipe Massa had a moment at the latter and stayed in the pits during the final few minutes after his mechanics discovered a problem with his engine.

Romain Grosjean was fifth fastest for Lotus despite complaining of traffic at the end of the session. Kimi Raikkonen was eighth after conducting further tests on the team’s Drag Reduction Device.

Another driver to go off at Brooklands was Fernando Alonso who ended up seventh fastest behind Daniel Ricciardo.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’31.487 18
2 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’31.633 0.146 20
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.037 0.550 20
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.078 0.591 17
5 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’32.391 0.904 18
6 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’32.440 0.953 19
7 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’32.454 0.967 18
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’32.459 0.972 22
9 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’32.536 1.049 17
10 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’32.571 1.084 17
11 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’32.580 1.093 15
12 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’32.926 1.439 18
13 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’33.133 1.646 17
14 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.225 1.738 16
15 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’33.273 1.786 16
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’33.309 1.822 25
17 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.370 1.883 19
18 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’33.607 2.120 9
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’34.971 3.484 18
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’34.990 3.503 17
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’36.694 5.207 16
22 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’37.443 5.956 18

Combined practice times: 2013 British Grand Prix

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’32.248 1’31.487 -0.761 54
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’55.458 1’32.911 1’31.633 -1.278 53
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.680 1’32.037 -0.643 55
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.547 1’32.078 -0.469 44
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’33.322 1’32.391 -0.931 57
6 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’54.249 1’33.171 1’32.440 -0.731 63
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’33.494 1’32.454 -1.04 54
8 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’34.120 1’32.459 -1.661 52
9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’33.313 1’32.536 -0.777 55
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’32.832 1’32.571 -0.261 55
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’57.891 1’33.290 1’32.580 -0.71 57
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1’33.740 1’32.926 -0.814 48
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’55.354 1’35.127 1’33.133 -1.994 59
14 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’55.033 1’33.896 1’33.225 -0.671 59
15 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2’06.534 1’43.466 1’33.273 -10.193 29
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’56.361 1’35.070 1’33.309 -1.761 61
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’55.825 1’34.998 1’33.370 -1.628 60
18 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’34.130 1’33.607 -0.523 39
19 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’36.079 1’34.971 -1.108 56
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’59.876 1’35.802 1’34.990 -0.812 52
21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’58.859 1’35.984 1’37.443 +1.459 56
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’59.719 1’37.329 1’36.694 -0.635 56

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21 comments on Mercedes quickest again in final practice

  1. Manished said on 29th June 2013, 11:14

    STR improved alot since they upgraded to ramp tunnel style coanda exhaust.

  2. HiPn0tIc (@hipn0tic) said on 29th June 2013, 11:16

    Any resemblance to secret testing, is purely coincidental.

    • Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 29th June 2013, 11:21

      @hipn0tic Not a valid fact here. Mercedes have been topping practice sessions from the staert of the season. Improvements, if any, will be revealed in the race. I personally don’t think there will be much of an improvement.

      • Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 29th June 2013, 11:26

        reply*

      • Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 29th June 2013, 11:28

        Holding my breath for qualifying! Will the Ferrari perform better? Are Ferrari even trying to improve ? :0 Do they realise Alonso’s championship is sinking only and only because of bad qualifying?

        • Knoxville said on 29th June 2013, 11:37

          i see we have a ferrari fan here! i suspect ferrari will be equally strong here in terms of race pace as they’ve been in previous grand prixs but lack of the one lap pace which mercedes has. Im tipping a Mercedes front row lockout in quali. However, I fear we’ll have another redbull charging to the top step of the podium. hopefully webber instead of vettel, that dudes been on an astonishing form this season! with a 4th place as his worst finishing position thus far this 2013 season.

        • Knoxville said on 29th June 2013, 11:40

          i see we have a ferrari fan here! i suspect ferrari will be equally strong here in terms of race pace as they’ve been in previous grand prixs but lack of the one lap pace which mercedes has. Im tipping a Mercedes front row lockout in quali. However, I fear we’ll have another redbull charging to the top step of the podium. hopefully webber instead of vettel, that dudes been on an astonishing form this season! with a 4th place as his worst finishing position thus far this 2013 season. The lotus with its new passive DRS seems to be a threat to the podium too, especially in the warmer climate in direct contradiction to FP1 and FP2.

          • Joel (@pads) said on 30th June 2013, 7:36

            and…. my predictions were true. Mercedes 1-2, Redbull 3-4. Ferraris no where to be seen relative to the front end of the grid. but i suspect a hard charging alonso will be at play here on sunday.

        • anon said on 29th June 2013, 12:09

          They have had the best race pace for most of the season, but I think poor qualifying is a combination of not being as good as Mercedes in qualifying Alonso not being as good as a Vettel or Rosberg over one lap.

          If you look throughout his career he’s never been a noted qualifier. Ferrari haven’t even had qualified in pole in dry conditions since September 2010.

          Look at McLaren from 2010-12 and all poles Hamilton took. Button is a strong driver but only took one pole in that entire time. If Button was your lead driver then people would have assumed that the McLaren was a “weak qualifier” rather than the driver himself.

      • HiPn0tIc (@hipn0tic) said on 29th June 2013, 11:31

        @shreyasf1fan That’s why i said purely coincidental. At the race we will see…

    • Because Mercedes haven’t been strong with one lap race pace all season.. Oh no, they have! You plonker

    • Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 29th June 2013, 11:23

      @hipn0tic Not a valid fact here. Mercedes have been topping practice sessions from the start of the season. Improvements, if any, will be revealed in the race. I personally don’t think there will be much of an improvement.

      • Dizzy said on 29th June 2013, 11:36

        Looking at Mercedes long run pace yesterday, They did seem to be suffering from far less tyre drop-off than they were Pre-Test.

        Also looking at how they set the fastest laps this morning, They were set several laps into a run which suggests the tyres are not suffering as they were a few races ago.

        • HiPn0tIc (@hipn0tic) said on 29th June 2013, 11:37

          O’rly????

        • Knoxville said on 29th June 2013, 11:45

          Dizzy were we watching the same broadcast? i recalled vettel during his race simulation was running on the primes over a 10 lap stint lapping around the mid 1.38s. Contrasting that info with hamilton’s 10 lap stint on the similar harder of the compounds he was lapping over a second slower than that of the redbull! with an average of mid 1.39s!!

          to further reinforce my argument and refuting what you said above as utter rubbish, Rosberg and Webber were running similar compounds (Mediums) during race sim. and as expected Nico was running significantly slower to webber!

          • HiPn0tIc (@hipn0tic) said on 29th June 2013, 11:58

            To be fair you have to compare Vettel and Nico, but we also know that Brawn is a master in strategy so the advantage that Mercedes have we will see it in a gradual way, not all of it in the final practice.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 29th June 2013, 12:21

      @hipn0tic – You’ll have a hard time proving that any success Mercedes have is down to their test at Barcelona and the test alone. Especially since they were using the early versions of the 2014 tyres at said test, which would be of little relevance to this year.

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