FP3: Vettel quickest ahead of Hamilton


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23 March 2013 by TF1T Staff | M
          

Sebastian Vettel jumped to the top of the times in the closing minutes of final practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, to go quickest ahead of Lewis Hamilton by a tenth.

The Red Bull driver posted a 1:36.435 which was just marginally quicker than Kimi Raikkonen's best during second practice, despite warmer track conditions.

Hamilton was second ahead of Adrian Sutil in the Force India and Mark Webber in the second RB9.

Meanwhile Raikkonen could only manage fifth after complaining about the cars handling after the team made set-up changes between FP2 and FP3 which weren't to his liking.

It's likely they will revert back to the settings he was more comfortable with on Friday afternoon.

Paul di Resta was sixth quickest ahead of Jenson Button and Felipe Massa.

Whilst Hamilton impressed in the Mercedes on low-fuel runs, his team-mate Nico Rosberg concentrated on race pace and looked strong with consistent pace in the low 1:40's.

Fernando Alonso rounded-off the top ten cars.

Williams meanwhile look to have improved in their Australian pace as Pastor Maldonado secured 11th, whilst team-mate Valtteri Bottas was 15th.

Max Chilton once again completed the timesheets with the slowest lap, almost eight tenths down on Jules Bianchi.

FP3 Times - 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix:

#DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
01. S. Vettel Red Bull 1:36.435   20
02. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.568 +0.133 17
03. A. Sutil Force India 1:36.588 +0.153 19
04 M. Webber Red Bull 1:36.613 +0.178 20
05. K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:36.806 +0.371 19
06. P. di Resta Force India 1:36.807 +0.372 18
07. J. Button McLaren 1:36.822 +0.387 16
08. F. Massa Ferrari 1:36.946 +0.511 14
09. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:36.949 +0.514 25
10. F. Alonso Ferrari 1:37.302 +0.867 14
11. P. Maldonado Williams 1:37.359 +0.924 11
12. S. Perez Sauber 1:37.538 +1.103 12
13. N. Hulkenberg Sauber 1:37.685 +1.250 23
14. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:37.690 +1.255 14
15. V. Bottas Williams 1:37.936 +1.501 16
16. E. Guiterrez Sauber 1:38.294 +1.859 17
17. J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:38.376 +1.941 16
18. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:38.425 +1.990 15
19. C. Pic Caterham 1:38.995 +2.560 18
20. J. Bianchi Marussia 1:39.717 +3.282 21
21. G. van der Garde Caterham 1:40.209 +3.774 18
22. M. Chilton Marussia 1:40.495 +4.060 18

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