F1 2013

Rosberg edges Hamilton – Silverstone FP3

Nico Rosberg again put team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the shade during FP3 for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, out-pacing his rival by 0.146 of a second for the top spot. Hamilton had put-paid to the claims that he was ‘uncomfortable’ in the car yesterday by sitting at the top of the times for much of the session, until the German re-asserted his authority with a superb lap for the top spot.

It was less successful for one man in particular; Sergio Perez experienced a high-speed scare when Pirelli’s tyre gremlins struck again at Copse corner. The left-rear on his McLaren exploded and forced a short-lived red flag, and things got even worse for the Mexican when he span off at Becketts near the end of the session and retired with another mechanical issue.

Red Bull’s World Champion Sebastian Vettel spent most of the morning lingering down in the bottom third of the field as he experimented with race setups, only to pop in a hot lap that bested team-mate Mark Webber by 0.04 of a second.

Meanwhile Toro Rosso built on their superb Friday showing by comfortably posting competitive times through the whole session, with Ricciardo and Vergne ending 6th and 11th fastest.

Paul Di Resta was frustrated to see his Force India team slip backwards compared to yesterday’s top 6 pace, with the Scot ending up 10th fastest just 2 places ahead of the struggling McLaren of Jenson Button.

Qualifying starts at 13:00 GMT.

TIMES – FP3 – BRITISH GP

POS DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME
1 Rosberg Mercedes 1:31:487
2 Hamilton Mercedes +0.146
3 Vettel Red Bull +0.550
4 Webber Red Bull +0.591
5 Grosjean Lotus +0.904
6 Ricciardo Toro Rosso +0.953
7 Alonso Ferrari +0.967
8 Raikkonen Lotus +0.972
9 Sutil Force India +1.049
10 Di Resta Force India +1.084
11 Vergne Toro Rosso +1.093
12 Button McLaren +1.439
13 Maldonado Williams +1.646
14 Hulkenberg Sauber +1.738
15 Massa Ferrari +1.786
16 Bottas Williams +1.822
17 Gutierrez Sauber +1.883
18 Perez McLaren +2.120
19 Pic Caterham +3.484
20 Bianchi Marussia +3.503
21 Chilton Marussia +5.207
22 Van Der Garde Caterham +5.956
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