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Final practice - Vettel tops shortened New Delhi session 26 Oct 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice, Friday, 25 October 2013 Ferrari's Fernando Alonso picks up a tow from Jenson Button's McLaren down the back straight Esteban Gutierrez spectacularly launches his Sauber over the kerbs at the Buddh International Circuit Max Chilton has a harmless spin in his Marussia during Practice Three

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber continued to dominate practice at the Buddh International Circuit on Saturday morning, as the world champion stretched his advantage over his Red Bull team mate to more than half a second.

The hour-long session was delayed by 20 minutes as fog/smog prevented the medical helicopter from operating due to poor visibility, and was eventually shortened to 40 minutes. Webber initially battled for fastest time with the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, but once Vettel went ahead with a lap of 1m 25.332s, he stayed there. Webber trimmed down to 1m 25.892s, and they were the only ones to get below 1m 26s.

Encouragingly from the point of the view of prolonging the championship fight, Alonso got closest with 1m 26.105s, with Nico Hulkenberg a surprise fourth for Sauber on 1m 26.306s. Romain Grosjean was right behind him for Lotus on 1m 26.350s, and Massa finished sixth on 1m 26.438s.

Paul di Resta sprang up to seventh place in the closing stages with 1m 26.438s for Force India, ahead of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg on 1m 26.441s. Jenson Button was up there too for McLaren with 1m 26.489s, as Lewis Hamilton completed the top 10 with 1m 26.557s. The Mercedes driver was on a strong lap when he had to go right off the track to avoid a slowing Grosjean, but improved on his subsequent final attempt.

Kimi Raikkonen was 11th in the second Lotus with 1m 26.635s from Williams' Pastor Maldonado on 1m 26.641s, as McLaren's Sergio Perez (1m 26.737s), Force India's Adrian Sutil (1m 26.847s), Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne (1m 26.876s) and Williams' Valtteri Bottas (1m 26.883s) completed the midfielders. That meant an incredible 15 cars within a second of Webber.

Daniel Ricciardo had a troubled session and was only 17th in the second Toro Rosso on 1m 27.259s, as Charles Pic moved up to 18th for Caterham on 1m 27.941s. Esteban Gutierrez remained in the wars in 19th on 1m 28.019s, launching his Sauber massively over a kerb at one stage. Giedo van der Garde was 20th for Caterham on 1m 28.498s, as the Marussias of Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi completed the field on 1m 29.094s and 1m 29.169s respectively.

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