Sebastian Vettel remained clearly on top as FP3 drew to a close in the sunset of the Marina Bay circuit. Having dominantly led FP2 yesterday, signs were ominous of yet another lights-to-flag victory for the German, but Romain Grosjean taking second for Lotus gives hope for a challenge for pole position in a few hours time. Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes, followed by Mark Webber in the other Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton was fifth ahead of former team-mate Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Sergio Perez who were seventh and eighth respectively. Felipe Massa finally made it to the top ten, finishing tenth behind Jenson Button.
Jean-Eric Vergne was eleventh, right ahead of an off-form Kimi Raikkonen in twelfth. Pastor Maldonado in thirteenth and Valtteri Bottas in fifteenth sandwiched Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo, with Paul di Resta finishing sixteenth following a spin. Esteban Gutierrez took seventeenth for Sauber, ahead of a poorly performing Adrian Sutil, with both Force India’s remarkably off the pace. The Caterham duo once again trumped their Marussia competition with Van der Garde the best of the back-markers in nineteenth, and Bianchi finishing ahead of Chilton.