Vettel stays on top in Singapore as Grosjean gains

2013 Singapore Grand Prix third practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2013Sebastian Vettel remained the driver to beat in Singapore but Red Bull’s rivals narrowed the gap during the final practice session.

Vettel improved on his quickest time from yesterday by a tenth of a second but Romain Grosjean was within two tenths of a second of Vettel’s benchmark time.

However at the end of the session Grosjean warned his team he was concerned the braking problem he’d experienced yesterday still hadn’t been completely cured.

Nico Rosberg was third-fastest for Mercedes but over half a second slower than Vettel.

As in yesterday’s second practice session drivers found the super-soft tyre was in the region of two seconds per lap faster than the medium. Mark Webber was the quickest driver on the track before the drivers began using the super-soft tyre, edging team mate Vettel by less than a tenth of a second. He ended the session fourth.

The Ferrari remained the fourth-quickest car in Fernando Alonso’s hands, behind Lewis Hamilton and a full second slower than Vettel.

Both McLaren’s were inside the top ten, separated by Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber, and ahead of the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa.

Kimi Raikkonen didn’t set a representative time on the super-soft tyres and ended up 12th. The struggling Force Indias were also outside the top ten, Paul di Resta having a spin at turn 14 early in the session.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’44.173 15
2 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’44.364 0.191 16
3 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’44.741 0.568 18
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’44.906 0.733 14
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’44.921 0.748 14
6 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’45.257 1.084 13
7 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’45.500 1.327 12
8 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’45.876 1.703 19
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’45.890 1.717 13
10 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’45.935 1.762 13
11 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.084 1.911 15
12 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’46.147 1.974 13
13 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’46.338 2.165 17
14 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.358 2.185 16
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’46.660 2.487 17
16 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’46.879 2.706 16
17 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’46.893 2.720 13
18 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’47.249 3.076 19
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’48.931 4.758 17
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’49.037 4.864 18
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’49.182 5.009 21
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’49.982 5.809 20

Singapore Grand Prix combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’47.885 1’44.249 1’44.173 -0.076 68
2 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’48.355 1’45.411 1’44.364 -1.047 46
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’48.239 1’45.258 1’44.741 -0.517 75
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’47.420 1’44.853 1’44.906 +0.053 64
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’47.055 1’45.368 1’44.921 -0.447 67
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’48.362 1’45.691 1’45.257 -0.434 66
7 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’49.267 1’46.025 1’45.500 -0.525 63
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1’49.608 1’45.754 1’45.890 +0.136 63
9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’48.354 1’45.778 1’46.147 +0.369 63
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’50.222 1’46.808 1’45.876 -0.932 72
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’49.493 1’46.870 1’45.935 -0.935 62
12 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’50.092 1’46.002 1’47.249 +1.247 66
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’49.348 1’46.429 1’46.084 -0.345 71
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’49.481 1’47.761 1’46.338 -1.423 62
15 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’50.757 1’46.406 1’46.358 -0.048 66
16 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’49.887 1’46.606 1’46.879 +0.273 67
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’49.510 1’47.434 1’46.660 -0.774 71
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’49.355 1’47.287 1’46.893 -0.394 63
19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’52.920 1’49.434 1’48.931 -0.503 75
20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’53.647 1’49.526 1’49.037 -0.489 75
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’52.359 1’49.731 1’49.182 -0.549 67
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’52.673 1’49.619 1’49.982 +0.363 68

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6 comments on Vettel stays on top in Singapore as Grosjean gains

  1. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 21st September 2013, 12:14

    Vettel is the clear favourite for pole, but I think Webber and the two Mercs will give him a good run for his money.

  2. Romains race pace looked strong in FP2 yesterday as well. Theres no way anyone can stop the Red Bull from winning tomorrow.. but I think Romains got the best chance of stopping Red Bull from taking a 1-2 on Sunday

  3. Force India’s slump is quite extraordinary. A few races ago they were better than McLaren. Now Sauber are better than them, and arguable Williams have a slight edge.

  4. I hope Hulkenberg/Sauber can keep the good pace in quali. He definitely deserves more time in the spotlight.

    There are recent rumors McLaren is not happy with Perez, and with Alonso not leaving Ferrari, I’m hoping McLaren will be interested in him for 2015. Or, VERY wishful thinking, 2014 *very unlikely though.

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