Rosberg stays fastest in final practice

Rosberg stays fastest in final practice

29 June 2013 – Nico Rosberg led a Mercedes one-two during final practice for the British Grand Prix on Saturday morning. The German, who lapped in 1:31.487, held an advantage of 0.146 seconds over team-mate Lewis Hamilton, with Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber almost half a second further back in third and fourth.

Amid much improved weather conditions, the field quickly set about making up for lost track time as the green light illuminated at the end of the Silverstone pit lane, with the early focus on Hard tyre runs. Home favourite Hamilton was the man in charge at this point, consistently lowering his benchmark time.

The switch to the Medium compound tyre yielded plenty of improvements, with the track temperature also rising by almost ten degrees celsius as the session developed. Hamilton looked set to improve, having posted the best time through the first sector, but a mistake at Brooklands ruined his attempt.

Rosberg then seized the initiative, stealing the top spot from Hamilton after the chequered flag had fallen. His team-mate recovered to make a late improvement, but it was not enough to move back ahead. The pair's respective times put them over four tenths clear of the Red Bull drivers, who had no answer in the closing stages.

Romain Grosjean was next up in fifth, narrowly ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who continued Toro Rosso's promising start to the weekend by sandwiching the Lotus driver and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Eighth went to Kimi Räikkönen, while Force India's Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta rounded out the top ten.

The session was red flagged early on after Sergio Pérez suffered a tyre failure and littered debris over the track. The Mexican, who reported an "explosion", crawled back to the McLaren garage, with mechanics completing a remarkable repair job to send him back out with ten minutes remaining.

Jenson Button wound up 12th in the sister McLaren, while Felipe Massa languished back in 15th after the Ferrari team was forced to complete late work on his car. Further down the order, Charles Pic moved Caterham ahead of key rivals Marussia, the Frenchman outpacing compatriot Jules Bianchi by 19 thousandths of a second.

Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session at Silverstone gets underway at 1pm local time (GMT +1) and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net live report feature

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