Vettel stays on top by reduced margin at Monza

2013 Italian Grand Prix third practice

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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21 comments on Vettel stays on top by reduced margin at Monza

  1. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 7th September 2013, 11:13

    Now we know why Red Bull was weary of the Ferrari and Mercedes threat, Garry Anderson from BBC suspects they are driving around with a bit more downforce to counter the rain that might fall tomorrow. RB, Ferrari, Mercedes and Lotus are verry close in the speedtraps (335-337) so that could be a titanic battle tomorrow.

    I’m still going to put my money on Vettel for pole but the massive gap that existed yesterday is a thing of the past now.

  2. Interesting to see Maldonado so up there, hopefully it’s a sign of something good for Williams, as it’s been long due for them.

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th September 2013, 11:19

    So not only did both Lotus drivers fail to improve on their times, but Maldonado matched them so all three have set best laps of 1’25.116 so far!

  4. Euro Brun (@eurobrun) said on 7th September 2013, 11:23

    Daft as it sounds, i really like the photo at the top of the page cos the angle of the shot almost makes it look like he’s on the old Monza banking.

  5. George (@george) said on 7th September 2013, 11:32

    I think Vettel kept some in hand on that last run, everyone else improved more than him on the option tyres. Considering he still had a half second in hand on the hard tyres that session I think he’s still in a pretty commanding position.

  6. Bobby Balboa (@bobby-balboa) said on 7th September 2013, 11:41

    Let’s hope Merc & Ferrari can pull something out of the bag as last thing we need is another finger boy dominance. Rain only help them tomorrow.

    McLaren also looking good. Wonder if they will go for a different strategy to try and maximise on wed or dry race. Would love to see them on the podium but it’s a BIG BIG ask.

    Hopefully Lotus will have a terrible race which will only push Kimi closer to that Ferrari seat

  7. PaulT (@pault) said on 7th September 2013, 11:46

    @keithcollantine “Mark Webber was fourth” – should be third.

  8. TMF (@tmf42) said on 7th September 2013, 12:13

    Massa towing Alonso again – I really hope that he’s fired swaps places with Kimi and resurges at Lotus.

  9. TMF (@tmf42) said on 7th September 2013, 12:19

    Why is it that only Nico has problems – I’m sure Mercedes sabotages his car to make it easier for Lewis :)

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