Vettel comfortably quickest in final practice

2013 German Grand Prix third practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2013Sebastian Vettel headed the times in the final practice session for the German Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver was over two-thirds of a second quicker than any other driver after the final 60 minutes of running.

He and team mate Mark Webber had been slowly-matched earlier in the proceedings while lapping on the medium tyres. But after switching to the soft tyres for the final run Webber improved his time by a second – less than most of the front-running drivers.

That put Webber 18 thousandths of a second behind Nico Rosberg, who had gained 1.4 seconds after putting the soft tyres on.

But Vettel characteristically left his final run until the dying moments and produced a 1’29.517 to put himself well clear of the chasing pack. As he returned to the pits he found even more time in the first sector.

The Ferrari pair were fourth and fifth, separated by less than two hundredths of a second. They demoted Romain Grosjean, who had been fourth before the final runs, the Lotus driver complaining about traffic after being released from the pits behind a Caterham.

Lewis Hamilton struggled throughout the session, complaining about instability at the rear end of his Merceded. He ended up 1.2 seconds off the pace.

The Williams drivers languished in 17th and 18th. Before the session began Williams had a scare when a KERS unit failed on Pastor Maldonado’s car while it was in the garage.

“The resulting smoke was contained quickly and efficiently by the team and circuit fire marshals,” said the team in a statement. “No personnel were injured.”

“The team are currently investigating the cause of the failure, and assessing any further damage to Pastor?s car.”

Jules Bianchi returned to action following his illness yesterday and ended the session 20th, over a second quicker than his team mate.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’29.517 19
2 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’30.193 0.676 19
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’30.211 0.694 18
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’30.621 1.104 16
5 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’30.639 1.122 17
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’30.671 1.154 19
7 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’30.744 1.227 20
8 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’30.781 1.264 18
9 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’30.966 1.449 20
10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’31.009 1.492 18
11 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’31.326 1.809 22
12 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’31.405 1.888 20
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’31.733 2.216 21
14 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’31.855 2.338 28
15 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’31.855 2.338 23
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’31.898 2.381 19
17 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’31.969 2.452 20
18 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’32.036 2.519 23
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’33.230 3.713 19
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’33.470 3.953 22
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’33.964 4.447 21
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’34.683 5.166 20

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’33.213 1’30.416 1’29.517 -0.899 78
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’31.973 1’30.651 1’30.193 -0.458 82
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.789 1’30.683 1’30.211 -0.472 81
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’31.056 1’30.621 -0.435 57
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’33.065 1’31.059 1’30.639 -0.42 76
6 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’32.956 1’30.848 1’30.671 -0.177 68
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’31.754 1’31.304 1’30.744 -0.56 80
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’33.260 1’30.843 1’30.781 -0.062 77
9 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.810 1’32.495 1’30.966 -1.529 79
10 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’32.822 1’31.824 1’31.009 -0.815 68
11 Jenson Button McLaren 1’33.139 1’31.568 1’31.326 -0.242 83
12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.437 1’32.762 1’31.405 -1.357 88
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’33.493 1’31.797 1’31.733 -0.064 79
14 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’33.901 1’31.855 1’31.898 +0.043 84
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’33.976 1’32.055 1’31.855 -0.2 93
16 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’33.456 1’32.086 1’31.855 -0.231 77
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’34.025 1’32.880 1’31.969 -0.911 76
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’34.200 1’32.879 1’32.036 -0.843 80
19 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’35.674 1’33.695 1’33.230 -0.465 80
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’34.017 1’33.470 -0.547 32
21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’36.078 1’33.804 1’33.964 +0.16 84
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’35.987 1’34.667 1’34.683 +0.016 78
23 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’37.459 21

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21 comments on Vettel comfortably quickest in final practice

  1. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 6th July 2013, 11:16

    I hope that a volcano erupts nearby Nurburgring. Maybe that would warm up the circuit enough that Ferrari could finally get heat in the prime tyres.

  2. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 6th July 2013, 11:19

    Insane lap from Vettel. Hope he’ll finally trumph in front of his home crowd.

  3. legacy F1 (@jason12joy) said on 6th July 2013, 11:19

    and that’s it ………pole,win,fastest lap-sebastian vettel!!!!!!!!!

  4. George (@george) said on 6th July 2013, 11:22

    Man, it’s really hard to see past Vettel for predictions, but he usually sucks at the Nurburgring…

  5. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 6th July 2013, 11:22

    Of course Vettel set the quickest time, the track would have been warm and rubbered in after every car except his driving on it for the the 10 mins prior. Credit to him, he has the ability to do that. RedBull, Merc, Ferrari, Lotus, Force India I’m predicting for top 10. It’s good to see the Saubers looking competitive, Mclaren, time for a re-structure, bring back Ron

  6. Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 6th July 2013, 11:25

    Any link for the full stint times in p3? How is red bull’s race pace as compared to ferrari and lotus?

  7. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 6th July 2013, 11:25

    Both Toro Rosso drivers and Sergio Perez have set the same best time so far – 1’31.855. Jerez ’97, anyone?

    • Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 6th July 2013, 11:34

      It’s not mentioned in your article so I was probably misinformed, but I read that what happened in Jerez 1997 was because of a glitch in the time system. Is it true or not?

      • Starbuck (@starbuck) said on 6th July 2013, 12:05

        If you call Bernie trying to create the most possible thrilling finale a “glitch in the system”, then … yes ;)

        That’s about the only rumor I heard about that.

        I’m still sad that, thanks to this sensation at the front, Damon never really got credit for a brillant, brillant qualifying lap that was even better than the one he sat in Hungary that year – 0.058s missing and he would’ve put that Arrows on pole.

        • Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 6th July 2013, 12:08

          +1 people think that Damon was a bad driver

          • Starbuck (@starbuck) said on 6th July 2013, 14:49

            I would love to see how history would’ve unfolded if some things would have worked out a little different:

            - He had a real shot a the title in his first full season in 93 if it wasn’t for all the mechanical failures.
            - He could have been the champ in 94 without the broken wishbone.
            - If he had signed the McLaren contract for 97, he could have taken those 2 Häkkinen titles.
            - After all of the above, every team would have wanted him

            So, with a little more luck and few better business decisions, Damon could have been a 5+ times WDC.

  8. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 6th July 2013, 11:27

    @gazz We’ll see; can’t wait to watch my BBC coverage with Suzi and Eddie and I love the fact that they have a half hour preview and 5 minutes after the race… oh wait… it isn’t live, does the program even last half an hour?, I think they have to get Bargain Hunt in… :-)

  9. Yobo01 (@yobo01) said on 6th July 2013, 11:40

    It’s looking good for Sauber. They seem to be faster than Force India, Mclaren and Toro Rosso. Their long run pace yesterday was promising, too. I hope they’ll get a good result tomorrow, I feel they deserve it.

    • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 6th July 2013, 12:36

      Fingers crossed for an excellent result for Sauber and the Hulk….it would be great for them, esp given the team’s current financial difficulties…

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