Fernando Alonso

Bahrain GP – Ferrari slithers to the top

Sakhir, 20 April – Fernando Alonso ended the third and final practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix at the top of the time sheet. The Spaniard took his F138 round in 1.33.247, after taking a harmless trip through the gravel earlier, on his second run on Hards. Second and third respectively were the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel (1.33.348) and Mark Webber (1.33.380.) In the other Ferrari, Felipe Massa set the eleventh fastest time of 1.33.949, on the dusty Sakhir circuit, which is constantly under attack from sand and wind. Both Ferrari men did a final run on the Medium tyre at the end of a session given over mainly to checking updates introduced yesterday, looking for the best possible set up for qualifying and the race.

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:33.247 12
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:33.348 0.101 15
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:33.380 0.133 19
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:33.446 0.199 21
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.455 0.208 19
6 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:33.464 0.217 19
7 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:33.596 0.349 17
8 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:33.700 0.453 15
9 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.764 0.517 19
10 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.922 0.675 17
11 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:33.949 0.702 20
12 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.117 0.870 17
13 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.282 1.035 18
14 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:34.577 1.330 16
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:34.611 1.364 17
16 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:34.678 1.431 16
17 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:34.833 1.586 17
18 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:35.816 2.569 16
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:36.731 3.484 17
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:36.939 3.692 16
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:37.630 4.383 7
22 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.592 6.345 29

 

 

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