Felipe Massa sustained his 2013 redemption by setting fastest time in the final Practice Session ahead of tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit De Catalunya in Barcelona.
With the circuit packed to the rafters with over 100,000 Fernando Alonso fans, the result will serve as an encouraging step toward the Spaniard, who was 6th fastest, scoring his first victory at the track since 2006.
Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean continued to cause consternation among their rivals with their impressive race simulation runs, while Mark Webber again outperformed Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull; the German has yet to start from pole position in Barcelona.
Paul Di Resta was top Brit for Force India, ahead of team-mate Adrian Sutil, the duo demonstrating that the updates introduced to the VJM06 this weekend are working correctly. Lewis Hamilton spent much of the morning working on race preparation and wound up 10th, ahead of the impressive Jean Eric Vergne in his Toro Rosso who, despite being on the harder, slower tyre, was quicker than Rosberg, Button, Gutierrez and Perez.
The McLaren camp is in disarray after their numerous upgrades, including a new floor, front wing and rear bodywork section failed to improve their ailing MP4/28; the car is even further off the pace here than it was in Bahrain and it will remain a struggle for Button and Perez to make it into Q3. The Mexican suffered a broken power-steering system during the session which hampered his progress.
Williams saw Maldonado back ahead of Bottas for the first time this weekend, with the team in high spirits after their own upgrade package pushed them up the order.
|7||Di Resta||Force India||+0.673|
|22||Van Der Garde||Caterham||+3.349|