Vettel stays ahead as Ferrari struggle in final practice

2013 United States Grand Prix third practice

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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21 comments on Vettel stays ahead as Ferrari struggle in final practice

  1. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 16th November 2013, 16:13

    Come on Hulk !

    Also nice to see McLaren and Williams “up there” for a change.

  2. scuderia_fan85 (@scuderia_fan85) said on 16th November 2013, 16:25

    It seems to me Ferrari aren’t really interested in fighting for runner-up spot. They r grinding hard on their wind tunnel and the 2014 car. Boring end to another season thanks to Redbull.

    • Palle (@palle) said on 16th November 2013, 16:50

      Why is that RBR’s fault? The other teams are not good enough. Ferrari is a proud old team with a lot of Motorsport Heritage and yet half their garage has for years been running a driver who has been “yesterday’s” star ever since his accident. McLaren made so many amateur errors last year that Lewis didn’t want to drive for them this year. And Mercedes are not yet fully up to speed. Lotus has been a little too unstable and they apparently lack money. Hopefully McLaren are working on a superb car for next year, but I expect Vettel and Newey to run away with it again.

      • scuderia_fan85 (@scuderia_fan85) said on 16th November 2013, 18:32

        RBR wanna win, no doubt like every team. but this reminds me of Schumacher/Ferrari domination. they have succeded what was their main goal, but for the fans it must get boring to watch. and that is the fault of them being unstoppable.

    • Your first sentence itself contradicts your 3rd sentence mate. If you want to thank any one for boring season then you must thank other teams

  3. Minardi (@gitanes) said on 16th November 2013, 16:28

    Hulkenberg clearly was smart to stay in that Sauber.

    Also, Pic is within a second of the slowest Toro Rosso – wonder when the last time that’s happened.

  4. Massa said the car was “completely too slow”

    I have to admit: this made me laugh out loud. Good one.

  5. As I was expecting would happen, Grosjean has ended up showing he more than has a measure for Kovalinen.

    HĂĽlkenberg and particularly Bottas are having really strong showings so far; I do hope Sauber can really challenge Force India for 6th and Williams can score a few more points so it’s not quite such an abysmal season’s effort!

    • Broc Smith (@strifeforce) said on 16th November 2013, 16:43

      It would be funny to see Lotus explaining why they hired MAL if Bottas ends up with more points at the end of the year.

      • Really, we would already know the explanation @strifeforce!

        • Palle (@palle) said on 16th November 2013, 16:54

          I don’t need to hear the explanation, as I can’t see how they can come up with anything which even by a long shot can be considered rational.
          Which is also why they didn’t deserve to get a good driver to replace Kimi.

          • Broc Smith (@strifeforce) said on 16th November 2013, 16:59

            Of course but it would be must see TV lol. “I diddn’t hire MAL because of money, even though HUL has like 30x the points of MAL”.

            Lotus FAIL

          • JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 16th November 2013, 17:32

            @palle

            I can’t see how they can come up with anything which even by a long shot can be considered rational.

            You really think that a team with a severe shortage of funds hiring a driver who comes with significant sponsorship attached isn’t rational?

  6. Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 16th November 2013, 18:24

    Well Ferrari have been more than 1 second off the pace since half way through the year.

  7. Palle (@palle) said on 16th November 2013, 19:34

    Yes, lack of money, inability to attract funds or get the right loan has always had a tendency to produce bad decisions.
    If Lotus development for next year has also suffered from lack of money, then of course they won’t need a very good driver line-up. I just sort of hoped or presumed that Lotus would be able to keep the momentum up next season, but that might not be the case.

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