Alonso Keeps The Prancing Horse Charging In Shanghai

Fernando Alonso has carried on where Felipe Massa left off on Friday, storming to the top of the time sheets for Scuderia Ferrari.

The Spaniard, who has been out-qualified by the new-look Massa for the last four races, put in an absolutely amazing lap to set him almost seven tenths clear of Massa who fended off Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton by mere thousandths.

Sebastian Vettel was fourth overall, recovering from a mediocre tenth on Friday afternoon. He led Mark Webber in fifth, Adrian Sutil in sixth and Kimi Raikkonen in seventh. Jenson Button was eighth for McLaren ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez who had a clean session, having crashed in FP1 and spinning into the gravel in FP2. Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber rounded out the top ten.

Jean-Eric Vergne led Toro Rosso partner Daniel Ricciardo in eleventh and twelfth while Pastor Maldonado lined up thirteenth. Nico Rosberg was a disappointing fourteenth as a hydraulics issue cut short his session before he could get to sample the super soft Pirellis.

Valtteri Bottas was fifteenth ahead of Paul di Resta in sixteenth who is almost a second down on team-mate Sutil in sixth. Esteban Gutierrez finished the day in seventeenth ahead of a disappointed Romain Grosjean far down in eighteenth. It was business as usual for Jules Bianchi who once again was nineteenth and best of the back markers. Charles Pic, Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde all slotted in behind the impressive French rookie.

The third practice session was relatively straight forward. Felipe Massa’s hot lap was botched by the unfortunate placing of a slower Adrian Sutil on the apex in the final corner. Without that delay, who knows if the Brazilian beaten Alonso to P1. Nico Hulkenberg had a scare into turn 1, coming up to team-mate Gutierrez on the windy first corner at a much higher speed than would be strictly advisable. As a result, he has to run wide, just avoiding the gravel in his attempt to avoid the crawling Sauber. And finally, an ambulance called to the Marussia pit garage at the start of the session was as the result of a mechanic being clipped in the pitlane. However, he was taken to the medical centre and is reportedly okay.

  1. Fernando Alonso
  2. Felipe Massa
  3. Lewis Hamilton
  4. Sebastian Vettel
  5. Mark Webber
  6. Adrian Sutil
  7. Kimi Raikkonen
  8. Jenson Button
  9. Sergio Perez
  10. Nico Hulkenberg
  11. Jean-Eric Vergne
  12. Daniel Ricciardo
  13. Pastor Maldonado
  14. Nico Rosberg
  15. Valtteri Bottas
  16. Paul di Resta
  17. Esteban Gutierrez
  18. Romain Grosjean
  19. Jules Bianchi
  20. Charles Pic
  21. Max Chilton
  22. Giedo van der Garde

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