FP3: Mercedes duo lead the Red Bulls in final practice


Daimler
29 June 2013 by TF1T Staff | M
          

Nico Rosberg carried through his Friday pace to final practice, once again topping the timesheets for Mercedes. His best lap coming in the last minute of the session.

His 1:31.487 was enough to put him a tenth ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton who looked to be in control on his final flying lap with the fastest first sector, but a mistake in the second meant he had to settle for second quickest.

Red Bull locked out third and fourth with Sebastian Vettel over half a second behind his fellow German.

Romain Grosjean was fifth with Daniel Ricciardo sixth and Fernando Alonso seventh.

The session was an eventful one as the drivers got to grips with the dry Silverstone circuit for the first time this weekend.

McLaren's Sergio Perez caused a red flag 20 minutes into the session after his left-rear tyre "exploded" after just six laps, littering the track with debris. The cause of the failure is as yet unknown.

Meanwhile the green conditions caught out several drivers, particularly through Maggots/Becketts complex of corners. 

FP3 Times - 2013 British Grand Prix:

#DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
01. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:31.487   18
02. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.633 +0.146 20
03. S. Vettel Red Bull 1:32.037 +0.550 20
04. M. Webber Red Bull 1:32.078 +0.591 17
05. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:32.391 +0.904 18
06. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:32.440 +0.953 19
07. F. Alonso Ferrari 1:32.454 +0.967 18
08. K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:32.459 +0.972 22
09. A. Sutil Force India 1:32.536 +1.049 17
10. P. di Resta Force India 1:32.571 +1.084 17
11. J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:32.580 +1.093 15
12. J. Button McLaren 1:32.926 +1.439 18
13. P. Maldonado Williams 1:33.133 +1.646 17
14. N. Hulkenberg Sauber 1:33.225 +1.738 16
15. F. Massa Ferrari 1:33.273 +1.786 16
16. V. Bottas Williams 1:33.309 +1.822 25
17. E. Gutierrez Sauber 1:33.370 +1.883 19
18. S. Perez McLaren 1:33.607 +2.120 9
19. C. Pic Caterham 1:34.971 +3.484 18
20. J. Bianchi Marussia 1:34.990 +3.503 17
21. M. Chilton Marussia 1:36.694 +5.207 16
22. G. van der Garde Caterham 1:37.443 +5.956 18

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