FP3: Grosjean goes top as rain hits practice

Saturday 16th March 2013, 07:28 by TF1T Staff 

Lotus F1 Team, LAT Photographic

Romain Grosjean was fastest for Lotus on Saturday morning as the predicted rain hit Melbourne to cause a few problems for the teams.

The Frenchman's 1:26.929 just before the rain began to fall was good enough to ensure he stayed top for the entire session.

Ferrari duo Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were second and third quickest ahead of Paul di Resta.

Kimi Raikkonen rounded off the top five.

As the heavens opened, on-track action stopped for several minutes before Massa braved the conditions. Vettel too joined him but stopped with a problem having completed just nine laps.

FP3 Times - 2013 Australian Grand Prix:

#DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
01. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:26.929   14
02. F. Alonso Ferrari 1:27.000 +0.071 7
03. F. Massa Ferrari 1:27.241 +0.213 10
04 P. di Resta Force India 1:27.533 +0.604 9
05. K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:27.625 +0.696 12
06. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:27.849 +0.920 19
07. J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:27.860 +0.931 16
08. A. Sutil Force India 1:28.069 +1.140 15
09. N. Hulkenberg Sauber 1:28.253 +1.324 18
10. E. Gutierrez Sauber 1:28.253 +1.324 20
11. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:28.486 +1.557 13
12. S. Vettel Red Bull 1:29.808 +2.879 9
13. M. Webber Red Bull 1:30.073 +3.144 16
14. J. Bianchi Marussia 1:30.388 +3.459 17
15. G. van der Garde Caterham 1:30.598 +3.669 20
16. C. Pic Caterham 1:30.959 +4.030 19
17. J. Button McLaren 1:33.236 +6.307 7
18. S. Perez McLaren 1:33.527 +6.598 8
19. P. Maldonado Williams 1:39.232 +12.303 13
20. V. Bottas Williams 1:39.779 +12.850 13
21. M. Chilton Marussia 1:42.872 +15.943 13
22. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:47.246 +20.317 9

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