Barcelona Practice 3: Massa quickest from Raikkonen

Felipe Massa fastest in FP3

Felipe Massa fastest in FP3

Former Ferrari teammates Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen hogged the top two spots on the timing sheets at the end of the third free practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

It was the current Ferrari driver, Massa who was fastest with a time of 1:21.901 around Circuit de Catalunya, which was a mere 0.006 up on Raikkonen’s best.

Mark Webber was third quickest in the Red Bull, with Romain Grsojean fourth best and suggesting that Lotus have found a fine vein of pace for the opening weekend of the F1 season in Europe.

Championship leader, and winner in Bahrain last time out, Sebastian Vettel was fifth fastest in the Red Bull, ahead of Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari.

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E21

Kimi Raikkonen Lotus E21

For the first time this weekend Paul di Resta was quicker than teammate Adrian Sutil, with the pair ending the one hour session, seventh and eighth respectively – faster than both the works Mercedes, of which Lewis Hamilton was fastest with the ninth best time.

Jean Eric Vergne showed that his form in the Toro Rosso on day one was no fluke by going tenth best. The Frenchman was a second up on teammate Daniel Ricciardo who could only manage 18th on the time sheets.

It is hard to recall when last McLaren were not in the top ten in any of the three free practice sessions during the course of a grand prix weekend. In Barcelona it appears that their much publicised upgrade package is not going to lift them out of the slump they find themselves in. The Woking squad dumped the new wing upgrade brought to Barcelona.

In the session Jenson Button was 12th and Sergio Perez 14th.

Williams, who won in Spain last year with Pastor Maldonado, have also not made much progress up the timing sheets despite a raft of upgrades to their FW35. Maldonado was 15th and Valterri Bottas 17th.

Spanish Grand Prix, Free Practice 3 – Saturday, 11 May 2013 

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:21.901 13
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:21.907 0.006 14
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:22.044 0.143 17
4 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:22.069 0.168 13
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:22.229 0.328 17
6 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:22.254 0.353 15
7 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:22.574 0.673 11
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.729 0.828 17
9 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.740 0.839 24
10 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:22.759 0.858 15
11 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.839 0.938 26
12 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.151 1.250 13
13 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.371 1.470 21
14 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.373 1.472 13
15 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:23.385 1.484 17
16 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.388 1.487 18
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:23.660 1.759 16
18 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:23.767 1.866 17
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:24.775 2.874 18
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:24.793 2.892 16
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:25.135 3.234 17
22 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:25.250 3.349 18