Massa goes fastest in final Spanish practice

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Spain, Circuit de Catalunyaes

Felipe Massa emerged fastest out of the final free practice session ahead of qualifying for the Spanish GP. In a busy session he went faster than Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber.

Under sunny skies, FP3 kicks off with drivers immediately out on track to do their installation lap. Both Red Bull drivers were out straight away with their front wings covered with flow viz. McLaren meanwhile even had parts coming over during the night in an attempt to fix their car's issues after the updates tested on Friday did not seem to bring in a lot of improvement.

20 minutes into the session, Lotus drivers Grosjean and Raikkonen took the upper hand when completing a few laps on the harder tyre. Up to that moment, Vettel had been on top of the timesheet without much effort at all.

Halfway, Ferrari put in a few flying laps with both its cars. Alonso ended up on top of the timesheet, also running on the harder tyre. Felipe Massa went fourth fastest, crossing the line a bit later than his teammate.

5 minutes later, Sergio Pérez returns to the pits, reporting a strange feeling in the front suspension. One lap earlier, a big piece of carbon fibre already flew off of the front wing when Perez was on the kerbs on the exit of turn 16. Later investigation revealed it was part of the brake duct that broke loose.

18 minutes from the end of the session, Alonso is the first front runner to start a flying lap on the medium tyres, gaining about 8 tenths on his previous best on the hards. Rosberg follows suit a little bit later and is 0.6s slower than Alonso. Hamilton laps as well and improves Rosberg by 2 tenths to slot into second place so far.

Another 10 minutes later, Massa has gone fastest, ahead of Raikkonen, Webber, Alonso, Di Resta, Sutil, Hamilton,Vergne, Rosberg and Grosjean. This remained about the same until the end of the session, with McLaren's failed attempts to improve their times confirming that their updates are not bringing the improvement they hoped for.

Results

Pos.NoDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
14Felipe MassaFerrari1:21.901-13
27Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:21.9070.00614
32Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:22.0440.14317
48Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:22.0690.16813
51Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:22.2290.32817
63Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:22.2540.35315
714Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:22.5740.67311
815Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:22.7290.82817
910Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:22.7400.83924
1018Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari1:22.7590.85815
119Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:22.8390.93826
125Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:23.1511.25013
1312Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:23.3711.47021
146Sergio PerezMcLaren-Mercedes1:23.3731.47213
1516Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:23.3851.48417
1611Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1:23.3881.48718
1717Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1:23.6601.75916
1819Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari1:23.7671.86617
1920Charles PicCaterham-Renault1:24.7752.87418
2022Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1:24.7932.89216
2123Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1:25.1353.23417
2221Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1:25.2503.34918




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