Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2013

Vettel stays on top in Singapore as Grosjean gains

2013 Singapore Grand Prix third practice

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2013Sebastian Vettel remained the driver to beat in Singapore but Red Bull’s rivals narrowed the gap during the final practice session.

Vettel improved on his quickest time from yesterday by a tenth of a second but Romain Grosjean was within two tenths of a second of Vettel’s benchmark time.

However at the end of the session Grosjean warned his team he was concerned the braking problem he’d experienced yesterday still hadn’t been completely cured.

Nico Rosberg was third-fastest for Mercedes but over half a second slower than Vettel.

As in yesterday’s second practice session drivers found the super-soft tyre was in the region of two seconds per lap faster than the medium. Mark Webber was the quickest driver on the track before the drivers began using the super-soft tyre, edging team mate Vettel by less than a tenth of a second. He ended the session fourth.

The Ferrari remained the fourth-quickest car in Fernando Alonso’s hands, behind Lewis Hamilton and a full second slower than Vettel.

Both McLaren’s were inside the top ten, separated by Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber, and ahead of the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa.

Kimi Raikkonen didn’t set a representative time on the super-soft tyres and ended up 12th. The struggling Force Indias were also outside the top ten, Paul di Resta having a spin at turn 14 early in the session.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
11Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’44.17315
28Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’44.3640.19116
39Nico RosbergMercedes1’44.7410.56818
42Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’44.9060.73314
510Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’44.9210.74814
63Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’45.2571.08413
76Sergio PerezMcLaren1’45.5001.32712
811Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1’45.8761.70319
95Jenson ButtonMcLaren1’45.8901.71713
104Felipe MassaFerrari1’45.9351.76213
1118Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Ferrari1’46.0841.91115
127Kimi RaikkonenLotus-Renault1’46.1471.97413
1316Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1’46.3382.16517
1419Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari1’46.3582.18516
1517Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1’46.6602.48717
1614Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1’46.8792.70616
1712Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’46.8932.72013
1815Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1’47.2493.07619
1921Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1’48.9314.75817
2020Charles PicCaterham-Renault1’49.0374.86418
2122Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1’49.1825.00921
2223Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1’49.9825.80920

Singapore Grand Prix combined practice times

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’47.8851’44.2491’44.173-0.07668
2Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’48.3551’45.4111’44.364-1.04746
3Nico RosbergMercedes1’48.2391’45.2581’44.741-0.51775
4Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’47.4201’44.8531’44.906+0.05364
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’47.0551’45.3681’44.921-0.44767
6Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’48.3621’45.6911’45.257-0.43466
7Sergio PerezMcLaren1’49.2671’46.0251’45.500-0.52563
8Jenson ButtonMcLaren1’49.6081’45.7541’45.890+0.13663
9Kimi RaikkonenLotus-Renault1’48.3541’45.7781’46.147+0.36963
10Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1’50.2221’46.8081’45.876-0.93272
11Felipe MassaFerrari1’49.4931’46.8701’45.935-0.93562
12Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1’50.0921’46.0021’47.249+1.24766
13Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Ferrari1’49.3481’46.4291’46.084-0.34571
14Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1’49.4811’47.7611’46.338-1.42362
15Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari1’50.7571’46.4061’46.358-0.04866
16Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1’49.8871’46.6061’46.879+0.27367
17Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1’49.5101’47.4341’46.660-0.77471
18Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’49.3551’47.2871’46.893-0.39463
19Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1’52.9201’49.4341’48.931-0.50375
20Charles PicCaterham-Renault1’53.6471’49.5261’49.037-0.48975
21Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1’52.3591’49.7311’49.182-0.54967
22Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1’52.6731’49.6191’49.982+0.36368

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6 comments on “Vettel stays on top in Singapore as Grosjean gains”

  1. Vettel is the clear favourite for pole, but I think Webber and the two Mercs will give him a good run for his money.

  2. Romains race pace looked strong in FP2 yesterday as well. Theres no way anyone can stop the Red Bull from winning tomorrow.. but I think Romains got the best chance of stopping Red Bull from taking a 1-2 on Sunday

    1. Kimi will better him. the only thing Romain has shown is plenty of speed is there.

    2. In all fairness, let’s see how the qualifying. It wouldn’t be the first time we Hamilton making a jump ahead in quali.

  3. Force India’s slump is quite extraordinary. A few races ago they were better than McLaren. Now Sauber are better than them, and arguable Williams have a slight edge.

  4. I hope Hulkenberg/Sauber can keep the good pace in quali. He definitely deserves more time in the spotlight.

    There are recent rumors McLaren is not happy with Perez, and with Alonso not leaving Ferrari, I’m hoping McLaren will be interested in him for 2015. Or, VERY wishful thinking, 2014 *very unlikely though.

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