Vettel stays ahead as Ferrari struggle in final practice

2013 United States Grand Prix third practice

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Sebastian Vettel remained quickest in final practice for the United States Grand Prix, improving his time from yesterday by over half a second.

Team mate Mark Webber made it one-two for Red Bull while a late lap from Lewis Hamilton on the softer medium tyres moved him up to third place.

Before the drivers began their medium tyre runs Valtteri Bottas had held a strong third place for Williams. He slipped back to ninth in the final minutes, saying he found little improvement from his car on the softer rubber.

However he remained in front of both Ferraris, both of which were outside the top ten as practice drew to a close. Felipe Massa said the car was “completely too slow” and languished in 17th place despite a clean lap.

Nico Hulkenberg was a strong fourth for Sauber ahead of Romai Grosjean’s Lotus. The latter was over half a second quicker than new team mate Heikki Kovalainen, who ended practice in 13th place.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
11Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’36.73314
22Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’36.9360.20320
310Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’37.0640.33122
411Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1’37.2720.53920
58Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’37.3450.61220
65Jenson ButtonMcLaren1’37.5340.80118
79Nico RosbergMercedes1’37.5780.84524
86Sergio PerezMcLaren1’37.5830.85019
917Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1’37.7471.01417
1015Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1’37.7481.01521
113Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’37.7631.03016
1212Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’37.7741.04118
137Heikki KovalainenLotus-Renault1’37.8791.14621
1416Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1’38.0221.28916
1519Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari1’38.1091.37623
1614Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1’38.2751.54222
174Felipe MassaFerrari1’38.4081.67517
1818Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Ferrari1’38.6361.90321
1920Charles PicCaterham-Renault1’39.5782.84519
2021Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1’40.0563.32321
2122Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1’40.8254.09221
2223Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1’41.2934.56018

Combined practice times

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’40.6621’37.3051’36.733-0.57270
2Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’39.0831’37.4201’36.936-0.48474
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’38.9791’37.9581’37.064-0.89481
4Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1’39.1581’38.2541’37.272-0.98277
5Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’39.2381’38.2551’37.345-0.9166
6Jenson ButtonMcLaren1’38.3711’38.2691’37.534-0.73577
7Nico RosbergMercedes1’38.6571’37.7851’37.578-0.20783
8Sergio PerezMcLaren1’39.2561’38.9411’37.583-1.35867
9Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1’38.3881’39.5121’37.747-0.64171
10Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1’39.6991’38.7191’37.748-0.97167
11Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’38.3431’38.4611’37.763-0.5865
12Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’38.5321’38.2291’37.774-0.45576
13Heikki KovalainenLotus-Renault1’39.4871’38.0731’37.879-0.19480
14Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1’39.2001’39.7841’38.022-1.17864
15Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari1’39.8631’39.2461’38.109-1.13770
16Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1’39.8361’39.4101’38.275-1.13571
17Felipe MassaFerrari1’39.0051’38.9381’38.408-0.5371
18Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Ferrari1’39.5791’38.636-0.94357
19Charles PicCaterham-Renault1’42.0541’40.3761’39.578-0.79877
20Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1’40.5631’40.056-0.50756
21Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Ferrari1’40.06520
22Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1’47.9871’40.825-7.16241
23Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1’41.6051’46.2261’41.293-0.31268
24Alexander RossiCaterham-Renault1’41.39921
25Rodolfo GonzalezMarussia-Cosworth1’43.71617

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21 comments on “Vettel stays ahead as Ferrari struggle in final practice”

  1. Come on Hulk !

    Also nice to see McLaren and Williams “up there” for a change.

    1. Wow, that Perez stomped all over Button yet again….

    2. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      16th November 2013, 16:24

      @fer-no65 I’m afraid Hulk will not be signed by Lotus. If they had hired him, they would have already said it to diminish the Kimi-gate they are going through these days.

  2. It seems to me Ferrari aren’t really interested in fighting for runner-up spot. They r grinding hard on their wind tunnel and the 2014 car. Boring end to another season thanks to Redbull.

    1. Why is that RBR’s fault? The other teams are not good enough. Ferrari is a proud old team with a lot of Motorsport Heritage and yet half their garage has for years been running a driver who has been “yesterday’s” star ever since his accident. McLaren made so many amateur errors last year that Lewis didn’t want to drive for them this year. And Mercedes are not yet fully up to speed. Lotus has been a little too unstable and they apparently lack money. Hopefully McLaren are working on a superb car for next year, but I expect Vettel and Newey to run away with it again.

      1. RBR wanna win, no doubt like every team. but this reminds me of Schumacher/Ferrari domination. they have succeded what was their main goal, but for the fans it must get boring to watch. and that is the fault of them being unstoppable.

    2. Your first sentence itself contradicts your 3rd sentence mate. If you want to thank any one for boring season then you must thank other teams

      1. how so? and no RBR is squarely in the blame column, at least for the fans.

  3. Hulkenberg clearly was smart to stay in that Sauber.

    Also, Pic is within a second of the slowest Toro Rosso – wonder when the last time that’s happened.

    1. i recall van der garde being only 1.5 seconds off p1 in q1 in india! (at least when he set his fastest time)

  4. Massa said the car was “completely too slow”

    I have to admit: this made me laugh out loud. Good one.

  5. As I was expecting would happen, Grosjean has ended up showing he more than has a measure for Kovalinen.

    Hülkenberg and particularly Bottas are having really strong showings so far; I do hope Sauber can really challenge Force India for 6th and Williams can score a few more points so it’s not quite such an abysmal season’s effort!

    1. It would be funny to see Lotus explaining why they hired MAL if Bottas ends up with more points at the end of the year.

      1. Really, we would already know the explanation @strifeforce!

        1. I don’t need to hear the explanation, as I can’t see how they can come up with anything which even by a long shot can be considered rational.
          Which is also why they didn’t deserve to get a good driver to replace Kimi.

          1. Of course but it would be must see TV lol. “I diddn’t hire MAL because of money, even though HUL has like 30x the points of MAL”.

            Lotus FAIL

          2. @palle

            I can’t see how they can come up with anything which even by a long shot can be considered rational.

            You really think that a team with a severe shortage of funds hiring a driver who comes with significant sponsorship attached isn’t rational?

  6. Well Ferrari have been more than 1 second off the pace since half way through the year.

  7. Yes, lack of money, inability to attract funds or get the right loan has always had a tendency to produce bad decisions.
    If Lotus development for next year has also suffered from lack of money, then of course they won’t need a very good driver line-up. I just sort of hoped or presumed that Lotus would be able to keep the momentum up next season, but that might not be the case.

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