Massa fastest in final Barcelona practice

Massa fastest in final Barcelona practice

11 May 2013 – Felipe Massa set the pace during the third and final practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday morning. The Ferrari driver, who posted a time of 1:21.901 on the Medium tyre compound, edged out Lotus rival Kimi Räikkönen by six thousandths of a second, while Mark Webber led Red Bull’s charge in third.

As has been the case throughout the 2013 campaign so far, the opening half of the final 60 minute session was dedicated to race preparation on the harder rubber. Fernando Alonso topped this phase from the Lotuses of Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean, while Massa was able to hold the Red Bull pairing at bay in fourth position.

When the switch to Mediums was triggered, Ferrari remained quickest, but Massa this time took charge. On a late run, the 2007 pole-sitter jumped ahead of his rivals and will head into qualifying with boosted confidence levels. Räikkönen and Webber ensured that three different teams occupied the top three positions, while Grosjean bounced back from a troublesome second practice session to finish fourth fastest.

Sebastian Vettel hit traffic on his Medium tyre attempt and had to settle for fifth, with Alonso slipping behind the German after setting the early pace. Paul di Resta suffered no such tyre failures this time out to lead Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil in seventh, outplacing Lewis Hamilton and Jean-Éric Vergne who completed the top ten.

McLaren duo Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez finished 12th and 14th after another trying session, the latter losing a segment of his front wing before suffering power steering troubles. At the back of the field, Caterham's Charles Pic eclipsed Marussia driver Jules Bianchi, with Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde the final runners.

Saturday afternoon's qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya begins at 2pm local time (GMT +2) and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net live report feature

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