Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2013

Vettel quickest again in shortened final session

2013 Indian Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Sebastian Vettel was fastest in all three practice sessions for the Indian Grand Prix for the second year in a row.

The Red Bull driver set a quickest time of 1’25.332 early in the session, then spent the remaining laps doing a longer run on the softer tyres.

The start of practice was delayed for 20 minutes as thick smog at the track was impairing visibility, meaning the medical helicopter would be unable to take off in case of an emergency. That meant the session was cut to 40 minutes.

Mark Webber made it another one-two for Red Bull, though his best time was over half a second slower than Vettel’s.

Fernando Alonso was next for Ferrari, over three-quarters of a second slower than Vettel, with Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber next.

The quickest Lotus was on fifth place, Romain Grosjean lapping a second off Vettel’s time. He made a mistake at turn eleven towards the end of the session and held up Lewis Hamilton as he returned to the track, spoiling the Mercedes driver’s run.

Paul di Resta was an encouraging seventh for Force India at their home event, the quickest Mercedes-powered runner.

During the session a Sauber driver hit one of the team’s mechanics during a pit stop. The team reported the mechanic suffered bruising in the incident.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’25.332 16
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.892 0.560 14
3 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.105 0.773 19
4 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.306 0.974 17
5 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’26.350 1.018 16
6 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.435 1.103 20
7 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’26.438 1.106 15
8 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.441 1.109 19
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’26.489 1.157 15
10 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’26.557 1.225 17
11 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’26.635 1.303 14
12 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’26.641 1.309 13
13 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’26.737 1.405 13
14 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’26.847 1.515 17
15 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.876 1.544 17
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’26.883 1.551 15
17 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.259 1.927 18
18 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’27.941 2.609 18
19 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.019 2.687 15
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’28.498 3.166 16
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’29.094 3.762 11
22 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’29.169 3.837 13

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’26.683 1’25.722 1’25.332 -0.39 75
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.871 1’26.011 1’25.892 -0.119 69
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’28.214 1’26.430 1’26.105 -0.325 64
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’26.990 1’26.220 1’26.350 +0.13 72
5 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.770 1’27.491 1’26.306 -1.185 76
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’27.227 1’26.399 1’26.557 +0.158 74
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’27.692 1’26.601 1’26.435 -0.166 82
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’27.608 1’26.438 -1.17 53
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.899 1’26.582 1’26.441 -0.141 82
10 Jenson Button McLaren 1’27.335 1’26.972 1’26.489 -0.483 77
11 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’28.730 1’26.632 1’26.635 +0.003 64
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’28.342 1’27.720 1’26.641 -1.079 57
13 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’27.416 1’26.857 1’26.737 -0.12 76
14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’28.468 1’27.375 1’26.847 -0.528 73
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.035 1’28.431 1’26.876 -1.159 72
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’27.800 1’27.429 1’26.883 -0.546 69
17 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.336 1’27.304 1’27.259 -0.045 53
18 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’30.026 1’29.366 1’27.941 -1.425 78
19 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.538 1’27.949 1’28.019 +0.07 77
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’29.413 1’28.692 1’28.498 -0.194 79
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’29.560 1’28.799 1’29.169 +0.37 65
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’30.471 1’30.164 1’29.094 -1.07 55
23 James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1’29.197 22

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