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Singapore GP – Free Practice 3 Results: P5

Source: autosport.com | lotusf1team.com | twitter

A much improved performance from the E20 saw both Lotus F1 Team drivers gain significantly in confidence and position as the final practice session before qualifying at the Marina Bay Street Circuit progressed in the fading sunlight of Singapore.

Key Moments:

00mins: KR & RG straight out of the blocks on soft tyres for install laps
09mins: KR out for his first stint; RG follows close in his tracks
13mins: KR goes quickest in the earlier stages
16mins: RG pops up into P2, just behind his team-mate
22mins: KR & RG return to base after their first runs
30mins: KR P11, RG P12 at the midway stage
33mins: KR follows RG back out on track for a second stint; used softs for both
35mins: KR back into the top ten with his first flyer
39mins: RG improves to sit just outside the top ten
50mins: KR gives the super soft rubber its first run of the day; RG shadows the Finns move moments later
55mins: KR rockets up to P3 with his first effort, RG gradually improving
57mins: Red flags; Vitaly Petrov’s Caterham comes to a halt, blocking the pit lane entrance and interrupting a very quick lap for RG
60mins: Chequered flag; KR P5, RG P15

Summary:

After a tough start to the weekend in yesterday’s free practice sessions, both Kimi and Romain came charging out of the garage as soon as the clock was set for FP3 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit; the team seeking to maximise the final hour of track time before qualifying later this evening to work on finding a better balance for the drivers.

A flying start for the E20s saw the Finn topping the times at the quarter stage of proceedings with his French counterpart narrowly behind; the pair seemingly more comfortable with their cars after significant efforts from the crew overnight to resolve the issues of Friday’s running.

At the midway stage times began to tumble. Both drivers remained parked for setup tweaks as their early times were shuffled outside the top ten before returning to the fray for a second assault; matching sets of used yellow marked soft compound Pirelli tyres for the pair.

Having nosed his way back into the top ten, the Finn’s final run saw the red marked super soft compound Pirelli tyres make their first appearance of the day with just under ten minutes remaining in the session. His French counterpart follows suit shortly afterwards on matching rubber, seeking to push his E20 further up the order in the final moments.

Instantly impressive on the softer rubber, Kimi rocketed into the top three with his first attempt while Romain began to gradually build the pace. With just minutes remaining, Vitaly Petrov’s Caterham came to a halt in the pit lane entrance after clipping the wall; red flags subsequently being deployed and ruining what looked like a quick lap for Romain as the session came to a premature close.

Pos  Driver                Team                  Time               Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m47.947             15
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m48.272s  + 0.325   15
 3.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m48.623s  + 0.676   11
 4.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m48.859s  + 0.912   16
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m48.865s  + 0.918   17
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m49.458s  + 1.511   13
 7.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m49.684s  + 1.737   15
 8.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m49.699s  + 1.752   16
 9.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1m49.715s  + 1.768   14
10.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m49.981s  + 2.034   14
11.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m50.110s  + 2.163   12
12.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m50.524s  + 2.577   10
13.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m50.664s  + 2.717   16
14.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m50.777s  + 2.830   15
15.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m50.840s  + 2.893   15
16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m51.012s  + 3.065   15
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m51.059s  + 3.112   17
18.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m51.272s  + 3.325   10
19.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m52.290s  + 4.343   16
20.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1m53.781s  + 5.834   12
21.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m54.326s  + 6.379   14
22.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m54.421s  + 6.474   14
23.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m54.630s  + 6.683    9 
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m54.875s  + 6.928   14

 

Video: Kimi’s final laptime in FP3

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