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Final practice - Ferrari fastest again with Alonso 13 Apr 2013

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice, Shanghai, China, Friday, 12 April 2013 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 13 April 2013 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice, Shanghai, China, Friday, 12 April 2013

Ferrari wrested the initiative from Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in the final runs of the last free practice session for the 2013 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on Saturday.

Under cloudy skies Hamilton had set the pace with a lap of 1m 36.065s, which undercut team mate Nico Rosberg by half a second. But on soft rubber at the end of the session Felipe Massa went fastest with 1m 36.013s before Fernando Alonso went another six-tenths quicker still to take the honours with 1m 35.391s.

Behind Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber jumped their Red Bulls to fourth and fifth with 1m 36.286s and 1m 36.420s respectively, as Adrian Sutil took sixth for Force India on 1m 36.549s from Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen on 1m 36.605s, Jenson Button and Sergio Perez in their McLarens on 1m 36.693s and 1m 36.777s, and Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 36.853s.

Hulkenberg was the only man to have a real off during the hour-long session after coming across team mate Esteban Gutierrez running slowly in Turn 2.

Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo were 11th and 12th for Toro Rosso on 1m 37.072s and 1m 37.205s apiece, as Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas in improved Williams's sandwiched Rosberg in 13th and 15th places. The Venezuelan lapped in 1m 37.300s, the German in 1m 37.349s and the Finn in 1m 37.457s.

Paul di Resta didn’t get going as well as his Force India team mate and was only 16th on 1m 37.487s ahead of Gutierrez’s Sauber on 1m 37.740s and Romain Grosjean’s Lotus on 1m 37.813s.

Once again, Jules Bianchi spearheaded Marussia’s challenge with 1m 38.496s from Caterham’s Charles Pic on 1m 38.821s, with the other Marussia of Max Chilton on 1m 39.627s and Caterham's Giedo van der Garde on 1m 39.652s.

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