Red Bull ahead of Mercedes as practice ends

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix third practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013Red Bull and Mercedes traded fastest times throughout the final practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but the world champions ended the session on top.

Sebastian Vettel fell short of his quickest lap from yesterday but his best time of 1’41.349 was still better than anyone else could manage in the final hour.

Mark Webber’s final effort left him two tenths of a second away from his team mate and less than a hundredth of a second faster than Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes/

Romain Grosjean was the quickest of the two Lotus drivers in fifth place behind Nico Rosberg. Jenson Button put McLaren in fifth as Sergio Perez’s running was limited due to blistering on his tyres.

Both Sauber drivers made it into the top ten, Nico Hulkenberg ahead of Esteban Gutierrez, following by Kimi Raikkonen and Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso.

But for the second time this weekend neither Ferrari appeared in the top ten. Fernando Alonso was 11th, over a second slower than Vettel.

Jules Bianchi damaged his Marussia with a spin at turn one 15 minutes from the end of the session. The MR02 sustained front and rear damage when he hit the barriers after losing control of his car.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’41.349 19
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’41.571 0.222 17
3 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’41.580 0.231 18
4 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.721 0.372 19
5 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’41.832 0.483 19
6 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’41.956 0.607 19
7 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.055 0.706 19
8 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.282 0.933 19
9 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’42.387 1.038 18
10 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.457 1.108 21
11 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’42.516 1.167 15
12 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’42.681 1.332 23
13 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’42.698 1.349 19
14 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’42.702 1.353 16
15 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.727 1.378 18
16 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’42.798 1.449 18
17 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’42.989 1.640 22
18 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’43.142 1.793 15
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’44.472 3.123 20
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’44.728 3.379 21
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’45.621 4.272 20
22 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’47.506 6.157 15

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’44.499 1’41.335 1’41.349 +0.014 72
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’44.712 1’41.490 1’41.571 +0.081 69
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’44.433 1’41.690 1’41.580 -0.11 78
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’44.741 1’41.758 1’41.721 -0.037 84
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’44.929 1’41.726 1’42.387 +0.661 83
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’44.241 1’42.607 1’41.832 -0.775 58
7 Jenson Button McLaren 1’45.099 1’42.010 1’41.956 -0.054 70
8 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’45.331 1’42.006 1’43.142 +1.136 71
9 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’45.378 1’42.324 1’42.055 -0.269 83
10 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’45.440 1’42.171 1’42.516 +0.345 64
11 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’46.068 1’42.509 1’42.282 -0.227 76
12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’46.124 1’42.440 1’42.702 +0.262 70
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.114 1’43.271 1’42.457 -0.814 79
14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’45.040 1’42.806 1’42.681 -0.125 70
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’45.823 1’43.565 1’42.698 -0.867 77
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.126 1’43.152 1’42.727 -0.425 68
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’45.150 1’42.952 1’42.798 -0.154 78
18 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’42.998 1’42.989 -0.009 49
19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’44.138 1’44.472 +0.334 55
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’47.723 1’44.459 1’47.506 +3.047 73
21 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’47.600 1’44.525 1’44.728 +0.203 81
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’45.565 1’45.621 +0.056 47
23 James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1’45.924 20
24 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’47.670 22
25 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’49.565 22

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3 comments on Red Bull ahead of Mercedes as practice ends

  1. Stretch (@stretch) said on 2nd November 2013, 11:15

    I didn’t watch it but why weren’t RB noticeably faster than yesterday? Sandbagging or something else? I would have thought more rubber on track, track probably warmer than FP2, dialing into qualy etc would mean faster lap times…

  2. Malik (@malik) said on 2nd November 2013, 11:28

    Formula 1 drivers have been warned that they risk having qualifying times disallowed at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix if they abuse track limits at the final corner.
    It is going to be very interesting qualifying to watch :)

  3. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 2nd November 2013, 12:10

    FP3 times are interesting:

    Sauber-Ferrari > Toro Rosso-Ferrari > Ferrari-Ferrari

    When did this happen last?

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