Vettel turns the screws in final Monza practice

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Friday 6th September, 2013 - 11:48pm

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Sebastian Vettel storms to top at end of Friday practice

Sebastian Vettel storms to top at end of Friday practice

Sebastian Vettel led Red Bull to a one-two at the end of Friday practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza as the powerhouse team look set to again dominate.

On a set of medium Pirelli tyres Vettel posted 1:24.453s, more than .6s quicker than Mark Webber.

The Lotus team which is experimenting with a longer wheelbase at the super fast circuit, cracked the third and fourth fastest times with Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean both posting an identical time of 1:25.116s.

Fernando Alonso was fifth fastest ahead of the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Felipe Massa, Jenson Button and Sergio Perez completed the top 10.

Red Bull later switched tact with their drivers when Webber moved to the medium compound with Vettel on the option while Ferrari did the same with Alonso and Massa.

Lotus showed tremendous short-run pace after adjusting the rear suspension and tweaking the front wing on Raikkonen’s machine midway through the 90-minute run.

There was a scare for Raikkonen who ran wide on the exit to the Parabolica, kicking up a cloud of dust in a careless moment however he managed to gather up the car.

But at the front it was shades of the Belgium Grand Prix of two weeks ago with Red Bull stamping their authority early.

See below for practice 2 results
 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault  1:24.453s 39
 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault  1:25.076 39
 3 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault  1:25.116 36
 4 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault  1:25.116 40
 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari  1:25.330 38
 6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes  1:25.340 39
 7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes  1:25.367 42
 8 Felipe Massa Ferrari  1:25.519 29
 9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes  1:25.532 42
10 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes  1:25.627 39
11 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes  1:25.830 40
12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari  1:25.888 40
13 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes  1:26.028 37
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault  1:26.138 36
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari  1:26.224 32
16 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari  1:26.385 43
17 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari  1:26.599 39
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault  1:27.198 44
19 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth  1:27.548 30
20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault  1:27.696 37
21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault  1:27.771 38
22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth  1:28.057 32

See below for practice 1 results

 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.565s 24
 2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:25.600 25
 3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.704 25
 4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:25.753 26
 5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1:25.941 22
 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.007 24
 7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.035 23
 8 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:26.103 27
 9 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:26.149 21
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:26.155 25
11 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.194 25
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:26.295 23
13 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:26.387 21
14 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:26.449 16
15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:26.594 13
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:26.802 21
17 James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1:27.041 24
18 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.224 16
19 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:27.818 24
20 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.869 20
21 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:28.192 21
22 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1:29.526 26

 

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