Vettel fastest in shortened final practice
26 October 2013 – Sebastian Vettel continued to set the pace during Saturday morning's smog-delayed final practice session for the Indian Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver delivered a best time of 1:25.332 to lead team-mate Mark Webber by more than half a second, while sole title rival Fernando Alonso rounded out the top three positions.
Although weather conditions remained pleasant as the paddock arrived at the Buddh International Circuit, there was a sizeable delay to proceedings. Low mist and smog saw the start of the session pushed back and shortened by a total of 20 minutes, with the circuit medical helicopter at that point unable to take-off due to the poor visibility.
When the action finally got underway, and the Soft tyre made an appearance, Vettel continued where he left off on Friday afternoon, immediately getting up to speed and leaving the competition in his wake. The German ultimately held an advantage of 0.560 seconds over Webber, with Ferrari driver Alonso a further two tenths back.
Nico Hülkenberg placed his Sauber fourth amid the frantic track action, just ahead of Lotus' Romain Grosjean, whom he is heavily tipped to partner next season. Felipe Massa, Paul di Resta and Nico Rosberg followed in positions six to eight, with the trio covered by just six thousandths of a second as the chequered flag dropped.
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were the last of the top ten runners, the latter effectively losing a late Soft tyre lap after getting held up by Grosjean. Kimi Räikkönen fell back to 11th in the second Lotus, almost three tenths adrift of his team-mate.
At the back of the grid, Caterham again placed ahead of Marussia, with Charles Pic this time leading the way. The Frenchman also outpaced Sauber's Esteban Gutiérrez, whose session was adversely affected when he flew over the Turn 13/14 kerbs.
Saturday's qualifying session at the Buddh International Circuit begins at 2pm local time (GMT +5:30) and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net live report feature