FP3: Massa Man To Beat in Barcelona

Felipe Massa has finished the final practice session ahead of this weekends Spanish Grand Prix in great form, topping the timesheets. He narrowly scraped the top spot from Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen who in turn finished ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber. Sebastian Vettel who topped yesterday’s FP2 session, was fifth overall, behind Romain Grosjean in fourth but ahead of local-boy Fernando Alonso who topped the opening practice session.

The Force India duo of Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil filed in seventh and eighth while Lewis Hamilton in ninth and Nico Rosberg in eleventh gave Jean-Eric Vergne a Mercedes sandwich. Jenson Button’s woes continue, finishing twelfth and out of the top ten for the third of three practice sessions at the track where fans were hoping to see McLaren rectify their recent problems. The Mexican pandilla of Esteban Gutierrez and Sergio Perez came next, the Sauber driver in thirteenth while Checo took fourteenth.

Pastor Maldonado finished his day in fifteenth for Williams while Nico Hulkenberg in sixteenth for Sauber seperated Pastor from team-mate Bottas who finished in seventeenth. Daniel Ricciardo in eighteenth was a full second ahead of the next man down, Charles Pic who took his Caterham to nineteenth on the grid. Marussia’s Jules Bianchi was twentieth followed by team-mate Max Chilton in twenty-first and Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde in twenty-second and last.

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