Sebastian Vettel again set fastest time in FP3 at the Nurburgring ahead of qualifying for Sunday’s German Grand Prix. The German has never beaten team-mate Mark Webber at the circuit, or won a race on home soil, but his time of 1:29: 517 was half a second faster than nearest rival Nico Rosberg.
All the teams used the first 50 minutes of the session to test race setup and make changes before the crucial qualifying session this afternoon, and it was Red Bull who again looked the most comfortable while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton complained of a car that was ‘undriveable’ as he grappled with oversteer.
At Lotus, it was Romain Grosjean who edged team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by 0.2 of a second on the hard tyre in his efforts to out-qualify the Finn for the 2nd race in a row, while McLaren left it until the dying moments of the hour to post their fast laps on the softer Pirelli tyre. Jenson Button was comfortably the faster of the two, as Sergio Perez appeared to struggle even to match the pace of the Toro Rosso duo Jean Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo.
Marussia driver Jules Bianchi had recovered from a stomach illness yesterday and is fit enough to drive for the remainder of the weekend.
TIMES – FREE PRACTICE 3 – GERMAN GP
|13||Di Resta||Force India||1:31:733|
|21||Van Der Garde||Caterham||1:33:964|