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Prac Three: Vettel does it again

Saturday 16th November 2013

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Prac Three: Vettel does it again

Prac Three: Vettel does it again

Different day but the same story as Sebastian Vettel seized the advantage in final practice for the United States GP, edging team-mate Mark Webber.

With the track temperature a chilling 20'C there was little the teams could learn as they waited for the track to warm up. As such there were just four times on the board in the first ten minutes with Daniel Ricciardo leading Jules Bianchi with a 1:40.098.

More times soon began to come through with Jean-Eric Vergne hitting the front before he was overhauled by Adrian Sutil, who lowered the benchmark time to a 1:38.289. Romain Grosjean slotted into second place despite having a few tricky moments as he tried to keep all four wheels on the track.

Mark Webber took over at the front only to lose out as Sebastian Vettel clocks a 1:37.684 to go quickest and then a 1:37.433 to extend his advantage. Nico Hulkenberg mixed it up at the front, putting his Sauber C32 up into second place, 0.373s off the pace. He however lost out to Webber and Williams rookie Valtteri Bottas.

Swapping to the medium compound tyres for the final 15 minutes, Hulkenberg hit the front and then lowered the benchmark again to a 1:37.272. But the German could do nothing to stop the charging Red Bulls with Vettel posting a 1:36.733 and Webber a 1:36.936. Hamilton also put in a late lap to snatch third from the Sauber.

Times
01 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:36.733 14 laps
02 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:36.936 +0.203 19 laps
03 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.064 +0.331 22 laps
04 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1:37.272 +0.539 19 laps
05 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:37.345 +0.612 20 laps
06 Jenson Button McLaren 1:37.534 +0.801 18 laps
07 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.578 +0.845 24 laps
08 Sergio Perez McLaren 1:37.583 +0.850 18 laps
09 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:37.747 +1.014 17 laps
10 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:37.748 +1.015 21 laps
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.763 +1.030 16 laps
12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:37.774 +1.041 18 laps
13 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1:37.879 +1.146 20 laps
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:38.022 +1.289 16 laps
15 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:38.109 +1.376 22 laps
16 Paul di Resta Force India 1:38.275 +1.542 22 laps
17 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.408 +1.675 17 laps
18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:38.636 +1.903 20 laps
19 Charles Pic Caterham :39.578 +2.845 18 laps
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1:40.056 +3.323 20 laps
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:40.825 +4.092 20 laps
22 Max Chilton Marussia 1:41.293 +4.560 17 laps

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