Nico Rosberg, Silverstone, Mercedes, 2013

Mercedes quickest again in final practice

2013 British Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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