FP3: Vettel In A World Of His Own

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheets at the third and final Free Practice session ahead of this Sunday’s German Grand Prix. The German had led the session from team-mate Mark Webber by a mere 4-hundreths of a second for most of the hour until the final five minutes or so when Vettel completed his first lap on options and went 6-tenths clear of the next man, Nico Rosberg who himself put in a strong lap to trump Mark Webber for third. Fernando Alonso was lucky to get fourth considering losing his entire Free Practice One session when his Ferrari ground to a halt. His team-mate was right behind him in fifth while Kimi Raikkonen was sixth for Lotus and Lewis Hamilton was seventh, who looks very displaced having topped FP1. Romain Grosjean was eighth in the other Lotus ahead of the German duo of Nico Hulkenberg and Adrian Sutil who rounded out the top ten.

Jenson Button was eleventh for McLaren while team-mate Sergio Perez was fourteenth for the Woking based side, separated by Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez who did surprisingly well for twelfth and Paul di Resta who looked off the pace in thirteenth for Force India. The Toro Rosso duo of Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo were fifteenth and sixteenth ahead of the Williams’ duo of Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas who are celebrating Williams’ 600th Grand Prix start. Maldonado overcame a smokey car pre-practice as he suffered a KERS failure but luckily, mechanics had it under control before it could burst into flames like Senna’s Williams did in Catalunya last year. Charles Pic was the best backmarker for the third time this weekend, beating Marussia’s Jules Bianchi who fell ill yesterday but returned to the car and finished twentieth today. Giedo van der Garde was twenty-first for Caterham while Max Chilton brought up the back in twenty-second.

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