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Spainish GP FP3: Massa edges out Raikkonen

Ferrari's Felipe Massa is the fastest man of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend so far, marginally ahead of Kimi Raikkonen
Saturday, May 11, 2013

May 11th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - The third Free Practice session for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix has ended with Felipe Massa on top, followed closely by the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull of Mark Webber. 

The 60-minute session saw plenty of running from the drivers as they prepare for qualifying and tomorrow's race. Massa's fastest lap time of 1:21.901 suggests that pole position could be as fast as a low 1:21 or high 1:20. That compares to last year's quickest time of 1:21.707 by Lewis Hamitlon, who was subsequently excluded from qualifying due to a technical infringement.

Ferrari, Lotus and Red Bull are all looking very quick ahead of qualifying. Mercedes did not deliver the lap times expected in FP3 after taking pole in the last two races. But that could mean they were running on slightly higher fuel loads that their rivals. The true single lap pace of all the cars will be revealed in this afternoon's qualfiying session.

The tyres are holding together quite well, and some drivers found they could deliver competitive times on their second flying lap. That could make qualifying quite interesting, with longer runs from the drivers than we typically see.

The surprise package of the weekend continues to be Toro Rosso. A large set of updates to the car for this weekend has seen a significant step forward for Red Bull's sister team. Jean-Eric Vergne was just eight tenths of a second off the fastest time in FP3, and looks quick enough to challenge for a top ten grid position this afternoon.

Full results of FP3:

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:21.901   13
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:21.907 0.006 14
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:22.044 0.143 17
4 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:22.069 0.168 13
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:22.229 0.328 17
6 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:22.254 0.353 15
7 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:22.574 0.673 11
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.729 0.828 17
9 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.740 0.839 24
10 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:22.759 0.858 15
11 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.839 0.938 26
12 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.151 1.250 13
13 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.371 1.470 21
14 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.373 1.472 13
15 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:23.385 1.484 17
16 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.388 1.487 18
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:23.660 1.759 16
18 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:23.767 1.866 17
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:24.775 2.874 18
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:24.793 2.892 16
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:25.135 3.234 17
22 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:25.250 3.349 18

 

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