Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2013

Vettel stays ahead as Ferrari struggle in final practice

2013 United States Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2013Sebastian Vettel remained quickest in final practice for the United States Grand Prix, improving his time from yesterday by over half a second.

Team mate Mark Webber made it one-two for Red Bull while a late lap from Lewis Hamilton on the softer medium tyres moved him up to third place.

Before the drivers began their medium tyre runs Valtteri Bottas had held a strong third place for Williams. He slipped back to ninth in the final minutes, saying he found little improvement from his car on the softer rubber.

However he remained in front of both Ferraris, both of which were outside the top ten as practice drew to a close. Felipe Massa said the car was “completely too slow” and languished in 17th place despite a clean lap.

Nico Hulkenberg was a strong fourth for Sauber ahead of Romai Grosjean’s Lotus. The latter was over half a second quicker than new team mate Heikki Kovalainen, who ended practice in 13th place.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’36.733 14
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’36.936 0.203 20
3 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’37.064 0.331 22
4 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’37.272 0.539 20
5 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’37.345 0.612 20
6 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’37.534 0.801 18
7 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’37.578 0.845 24
8 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’37.583 0.850 19
9 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’37.747 1.014 17
10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’37.748 1.015 21
11 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’37.763 1.030 16
12 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’37.774 1.041 18
13 7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’37.879 1.146 21
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’38.022 1.289 16
15 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’38.109 1.376 23
16 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’38.275 1.542 22
17 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.408 1.675 17
18 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’38.636 1.903 21
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’39.578 2.845 19
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’40.056 3.323 21
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’40.825 4.092 21
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’41.293 4.560 18

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’40.662 1’37.305 1’36.733 -0.572 70
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.083 1’37.420 1’36.936 -0.484 74
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’38.979 1’37.958 1’37.064 -0.894 81
4 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.158 1’38.254 1’37.272 -0.982 77
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’39.238 1’38.255 1’37.345 -0.91 66
6 Jenson Button McLaren 1’38.371 1’38.269 1’37.534 -0.735 77
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.657 1’37.785 1’37.578 -0.207 83
8 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’39.256 1’38.941 1’37.583 -1.358 67
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’38.388 1’39.512 1’37.747 -0.641 71
10 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’39.699 1’38.719 1’37.748 -0.971 67
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.343 1’38.461 1’37.763 -0.58 65
12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.532 1’38.229 1’37.774 -0.455 76
13 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’39.487 1’38.073 1’37.879 -0.194 80
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’39.200 1’39.784 1’38.022 -1.178 64
15 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.863 1’39.246 1’38.109 -1.137 70
16 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.836 1’39.410 1’38.275 -1.135 71
17 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’39.005 1’38.938 1’38.408 -0.53 71
18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.579 1’38.636 -0.943 57
19 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’42.054 1’40.376 1’39.578 -0.798 77
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’40.563 1’40.056 -0.507 56
21 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.065 20
22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’47.987 1’40.825 -7.162 41
23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’41.605 1’46.226 1’41.293 -0.312 68
24 Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1’41.399 21
25 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’43.716 17

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