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Final Practice - Vettel edges Webber in Red Bull one-two 02 Nov 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 The thermal imaging camera on Mark Webber's Red Bull shows the temperature fluctuations the Pirelli tyres have to withstand Mercedes' Nico Rosberg crosses the line to go fastest. The current top three are separated by a mere 0.076s The rear of Jules Bianchi's Marussia suddenly snaps away going around Turn 1, sending him spinning across the track and into the wall

Sebastian Vettel was marginally quicker than Red Bull team mate Mark Webber in the final practice session in Abu Dhabi on Saturday afternoon, but again the times were extremely tight as Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg kept them honest.

It was Rosberg who set the pace on the medium Pirellis with a lap of 1m 43.465s just ahead of Webber's 1m 43.579s, with Vettel and Hamilton next up with 1m 43.541s and 1m 43.785s. But the picture changed back in Red Bull's favour when the softs went on in the final 10 minutes of the session.

Vettel claimed the top spot again with 1m 41.349s from Hamilton on 1m 41.580s, until Webber squeezed between them right at the end with 1m 41.571s. Rosberg was fourth on 1m 41.721s, as Romain Grosjean kept Lotus in play with 1m 41.832s. Jenson Button also demonstrated the improvement McLaren have quietly been making, with sixth fastest time of 1m 41.956s.

Behind the top six, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez put their Saubers ahead of Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus, as Jean-Eric Vergne demonstrated big improvement over Friday for Toro Rosso by taking 10th from Fernando Alonso. Hulkenberg lapped in 1m 42.055s to Gutierrez's 1m 42.282s, with Raikkonen on 1m 42.387s from Vergne's 1m 42.457s and Alonso's 1m 42.516s.

Paul di Resta put Force India into 12th place with 1m 42.681s ahead of Valtteri Bottas' Williams on 1m 42.698s, Felipe Massa's Ferrari on 1m 42.702s, Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso on 1m 42.727s, Pastor Maldonado's Williams on 1m 42.798s and Adrian Sutil's Force India on 1m 42.989s.

Sergio Perez had a troubled session after flat-spotting a set of tyres early on and only did a few laps at the end for 1m 43.142s and 18th place, as Giedo van der Garde continued to head Caterham team mate Charles Pic, with 1m 44.472s to 1m 44.728s. Max Chilton was 21st for Marussia with 1m 45.621s, while team mate Jules Bianchi's session ended after 46 minutes when his MR02 snapped into a vicious spin going around Turn 2, and just clipped the outside wall with its left rear wheel. He was 22nd on 1m 47.506s.

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