Massa edges Raikkonen in final practice

2013 Spanish Grand Prix third practice

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Felipe Massa led Kimi Raikkonen by a mere six thousandths of a second at the end of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver set a fastest time of 1’21.901 in the dying moments of the final hour of practice, taking the top time off the Lotus.

Massa set his quickest time on the medium tyres and earlier on team mate Fernando Alonso had been the quickest driver on the hard compound. He ended the session sixth fastest having been one of the first drivers to do his medium tyre lap.

Sebastian Vettel left his medium tyre run until the final minutes, but ended up slower than his team mate. The pair were split by the second Lotus of Romain Grosjean, who went quickest in the first sector before losing time later in the lap.

Both Force Indias were in the top ten but the fastest Mercedes was only ninth as the team seemed more preoccupied with working on their race performance. Jean-Eric Vergne was an encouraging tenth for Toro Rosso.

That left Jenson Button outside of the top ten once again for McLaren. Team mate Sergio Perez’s efforts in the much-revised MP4-28 were stymied by the loss of some bodywork when he ran over the kerb at the final corner, and a power steering problem.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
14Felipe MassaFerrari1’21.90113
27Kimi RaikkonenLotus-Renault1’21.9070.00614
32Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’22.0440.14317
48Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’22.0690.16813
51Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’22.2290.32817
63Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’22.2540.35315
714Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1’22.5740.67311
815Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1’22.7290.82817
910Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’22.7400.83945
1018Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Ferrari1’22.7590.85815
119Nico RosbergMercedes1’22.8390.93826
125Jenson ButtonMcLaren1’23.1511.25013
1312Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’23.3711.47021
146Sergio PerezMcLaren1’23.3731.47213
1516Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1’23.3851.48417
1611Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1’23.3881.48718
1717Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1’23.6601.75916
1819Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari1’23.7671.86617
1920Charles PicCaterham-Renault1’24.7752.87418
2022Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1’24.7932.89216
2123Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1’25.1353.23417
2221Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1’25.2503.34918

Combined practice times

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Felipe MassaFerrari1’25.4551’23.1101’21.901-1.20970
2Kimi RaikkonenLotus-Renault1’26.6141’23.0301’21.907-1.12367
3Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’29.4731’22.8911’22.044-0.84774
4Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’26.0421’25.8511’22.069-3.78270
5Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’29.4571’22.8081’22.229-0.57962
6Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’25.2521’22.8251’22.254-0.57170
7Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1’26.7551’24.1041’22.574-1.5352
8Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1’26.2121’23.8401’22.729-1.11178
9Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’26.3741’23.1401’22.740-0.499
10Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Ferrari1’25.6671’24.0581’22.759-1.29971
11Nico RosbergMercedes1’26.6211’23.3981’22.839-0.55992
12Jenson ButtonMcLaren1’24.3061’23.151-1.15554
13Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’27.2501’25.4411’23.371-2.0784
14Sergio PerezMcLaren1’27.1351’24.8541’23.373-1.48150
15Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1’27.5761’25.3211’23.385-1.93673
16Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1’27.0611’25.1671’23.388-1.77980
17Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1’26.4561’24.8881’23.660-1.22874
18Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari1’26.9401’24.1751’23.767-0.40875
19Charles PicCaterham-Renault1’26.9301’24.775-2.15553
20Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1’28.8871’26.0781’24.793-1.28561
21Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1’26.9701’25.135-1.83543
22Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1’28.6001’25.9631’25.250-0.71367
23Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault1’28.37314
24Rodolfo GonzalezMarussia-Cosworth1’30.31413

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2 comments on “Massa edges Raikkonen in final practice”

  1. Mercedes definitely intent on sorting out their race pace: both cars the only ones racking up over 90 laps so far this weekend. Hope it pays off, & that they haven’t lost much (if anything) over one lap. Otherwise, it seems pretty tight at the top… Qualies should be quite interesting.

    1. That one lap pace will be valuable in Monaco. I hope they don’t lose too much of it for that reason.

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