Fernando Alonso tops FP3 in Bahrain
Fernando Alonso continued his good form this weekend by pipping Sebastian Vettel to the fastest lap in the final free practice session ahead of Qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Alonso had a scare earlier in the session when he spun into the gravel at turn 2 but fortunately he was able to extricate the F138 and continue.
There was also drama for Lewis Hamilton right at the end of the session when his left rear tyre appeared to have de-laminated causing him to creep back to the pit lane very slowly. Hopefully there was no other suspension damage as a result. Prior to the incident he set the fifth fastest time.
The Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber looked strong with Vettel just 0.101s adrift of Alonso and Webber a further 0.32s back.
Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest in the Lotus E21 and team mate Romain Grosjean rounded out the top six. Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta were nest up separated by just 0.104s with Nico’s Rosberg and Hulkenberg completing the top ten fastest in the session.
There was some drama in the Marussia pit for Max Chilton whose MR02 had a KERS cooling problem that limited his running to just 7 laps however despite that he was still not the slowest driver on track, that honour fell to the Sauber C32 of Esteban Gutierrez.F1 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix FP3 Result
|Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||F138||1||1m 33.247s||208.942||0.000||0.000||12|
|Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||RB9||2||1m 33.348s||208.716||0.101||0.101||15|
|Mark Webber||Red Bull||RB9||3||1m 33.380s||208.644||0.032||0.133||19|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Lotus||E21||4||1m 33.446s||208.497||0.066||0.199||21|
|Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||F1W04||5||1m 33.455s||208.477||0.009||0.208||19|
|Romain Grosjean||Lotus||E21||6||1m 33.464s||208.457||0.009||0.217||19|
|Adrian Sutil||Force India||VJM06||7||1m 33.596s||208.163||0.132||0.349||17|
|Paul Di-Resta||Force India||VJM06||8||1m 33.700s||207.932||0.104||0.453||15|
|Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||F1W04||9||1m 33.764s||207.790||0.064||0.517||19|
|Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber||C32||10||1m 33.922s||207.440||0.158||0.675||17|
|Felipe Massa||Ferrari||F138||11||1m 33.949s||207.381||0.027||0.702||20|
|Jenson Button||McLaren||MP4-28||12||1m 34.117s||207.010||0.168||0.870||17|
|Sergio Perez||McLaren||MP4-28||13||1m 34.282s||206.648||0.165||1.035||18|
|Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||STR8||14||1m 34.577s||206.004||0.295||1.330||16|
|Valtteri Bottas||Williams||FW35||15||1m 34.611s||205.930||0.034||1.364||17|
|Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||STR8||16||1m 34.678s||205.784||0.067||1.431||16|
|Pastor Maldonado||Williams||FW35||17||1m 34.833s||205.447||0.155||1.586||17|
|Charles Pic||Caterham||CT03||18||1m 35.816s||203.340||0.983||2.569||16|
|Jules Bianchi||Marussia||MR02||19||1m 36.731s||201.416||0.915||3.484||17|
|Giedo Van Der Garde||Caterham||CT03||20||1m 36.939s||200.984||0.208||3.692||16|
|Max Chilton||Marussia||MR02||21||1m 37.630s||199.562||0.691||4.383||7|
|Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber||C32||22||1m 39.592s||195.630||1.962||6.345||29|