Sebastian Vettel was again fastest in the final practice ahead of qualifying later today. Mark Webber was second fastest, showing that the Red Bull is indeed very quick on the soft tyres. Earlier running on the mediums showed that times were more closely matched.
Temperatures at the start of the session are even higher than yesterday. Both track and ambient are 3 degrees higher, making this session's conditions even less representative to qualifying or the race.
The initial lapping was again done by Caterham and Marussia and it was Kimi Raikkonen who set the first representative time, 15 minutes into the session. Soon after, Vettel joined the party, showing off his gold layered helmet to celebrate his 4th World Championship title. He briefly went fastest, only to see Raikkonen take back the top spot.
Half an hour later, times have been improving as is the track. Nico Rosberg at this time is fastest on the medium, marginally ahead of Webber and Vettel. Hamilton is fourth fastest, 3 tenths off of his teammate. Raikkonen and Grosjean and behind, followed by Button, Bottas, Sutil and Hulkenberg. Ferrari has seemingly failed to improve overnight with Alonso positioned 12th and Massa 16th.
15 minutes from the end, Bianchi then finds himself getting on the throttle a bit too early out of turn 1, spinning off the track and into the barrier, fortunately damaging only the front wing on his car. He failed to keep it going however and the subsequent clearance of his car brought yellows on he track, stopped any relevant running.
Next up, with the car cleared is some running on the softer tyre as most teams seemingly agreed the yellow flag situation was the ideal moment to change tyres.
Unsurprisingly, the runs on the soft tyres were again dominated by Red Bull, trouncing both Mercedes cars. Not everyone however managed to do a clean lap, so the times are a bit unrepresentative. Qualifying will show more, without doubt.
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:41.349||-||19|
|2||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:41.571||0.222||17|
|3||10||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG||1:41.580||0.231||18|
|4||9||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG||1:41.721||0.372||19|
|12||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:42.681||1.332||23|
|17||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:42.989||1.640||22|
|19||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:44.472||3.123||20|