Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2013

Vettel stays on top by reduced margin at Monza

2013 Italian Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2013Sebastian Vettel remains the driver to beat at Monza but his pursuers were closer in the final practice session ahead of qualifying.

Vettel set the quickest time of the weekend so far with a lap of 1’24.360 but Fernando Alonso’s best effort was within three-tenths of a second of him.

Ferrari were leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to get on terms with Red Bull, instructing their drivers to give each other tows on the straight to improve their lap times. Felipe Massa ended up seventh, 0.6s off Vettel’s time.

Mark Webber was third ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes. Sergio Perez was fifth for McLaren on his medium-tyre run after damaging his front-right tyre while running on hards earlier in the session.

A late improvement from Daniel Ricciardo saw him take sixth for Toro Rosso, clocking 340kph through the speed trap as he did so.

Jenson Button was eighth ahead of Pastor Maldonado, who gave Williams some encouragement with the ninth fastest time.

Having been ‘best of the rest’ behind Red Bull on Friday, Lotus could only manage tenth for Kimi Raikkonen and 14th for Romain Grosjean, both drivers complaining of a lack of grip.

Paul di Resta’s session came to an end when he went off at Parabolica, hitting the barrier head-on. “Something broke there,” said Di Resta before climbing out of his car. Moments later the other Force India of Adrian Sutil spun at Ascari but without hitting anything.

Nico Rosberg only managed five laps before an overheating problem on his Mercedes ended his session.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’24.360 18
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’24.643 0.283 13
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’24.677 0.317 22
4 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’24.712 0.352 17
5 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’24.864 0.504 19
6 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.865 0.505 19
7 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’24.995 0.635 14
8 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’25.103 0.743 15
9 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’25.116 0.756 20
10 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’25.120 0.760 18
11 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.136 0.776 16
12 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.273 0.913 21
13 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.324 0.964 22
14 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’25.499 1.139 17
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’25.660 1.300 21
16 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’25.702 1.342 19
17 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’26.120 1.760 11
18 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’26.607 2.247 21
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’27.172 2.812 20
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’27.605 3.245 18
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’27.665 3.305 18
22 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.822 3.462 5

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’25.753 1’24.453 1’24.360 -0.093 83
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’25.600 1’25.330 1’24.643 -0.687 76
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.103 1’25.076 1’24.677 -0.399 88
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’25.565 1’25.340 1’24.712 -0.628 80
5 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’26.007 1’25.627 1’24.864 -0.763 82
6 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.387 1’26.599 1’24.865 -1.522 83
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.449 1’25.519 1’24.995 -0.524 59
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1’26.035 1’25.532 1’25.103 -0.429 80
9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’25.941 1’25.116 1’25.120 +0.004 76
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’26.295 1’25.116 1’25.499 +0.383 80
11 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’26.149 1’26.138 1’25.116 -1.022 77
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.155 1’26.224 1’25.136 -1.019 73
13 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.224 1’26.385 1’25.273 -1.112 80
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.194 1’25.888 1’25.324 -0.564 87
15 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’25.704 1’25.367 1’27.822 +2.455 72
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’26.802 1’27.198 1’25.660 -1.142 86
17 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’26.028 1’25.702 -0.326 56
18 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’26.594 1’25.830 1’26.120 +0.29 64
19 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’27.818 1’27.696 1’26.607 -1.089 82
20 James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1’27.041 24
21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’27.771 1’27.172 -0.599 58
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’27.869 1’27.548 1’27.665 +0.117 75
23 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’28.057 1’27.605 -0.452 50
24 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’28.192 21
25 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’29.526 26

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