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Final practice - Ferrari on top again with Alonso 20 Apr 2013

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 19 April 2013 Fernando Alonso makes an uncharacteristic mistake and spins his Ferrari at Turn Two Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 19 April 2013 Toto Wolff (AUT) Mercedes AMG F1 Director of Motorsport and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 19 April 2013

Fernando Alonso made amends for a mid-session spin at Turn Two by setting the fastest time in Saturday morning's final practice session at Sakhir for the 2013 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. His best lap of 1m 33.247s was 0.101s ahead of Sebastian Vettel, as one second covered the fastest 13 cars.

The pressure on all of the drivers was evident when Vettel also ran off the road trying to better 1m 33.348s. Red Bull team mate Mark Webber was right behind him on 1m 33.380s, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus on 1m 33.446s and Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes on 1m 33.455s.

Hamilton crept into the pits right at the end of the session with a delaminated left-rear tyre.

Romain Grosjean's switch to a new Lotus chassis appears to have brought him a return to form as he took sixth with 1m 33.464s, while Force India's optimism for this race was again borne out by fast times from Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta; the German lapped in 1m 33.596s, the Scot 1m 33.700s. Right behind them was Nico Rosberg, who wheeled his Mercedes to 1m 33.764s, while Nico Hulkenberg managed 1m 33.922s in his Sauber despite complaining about brake issues.

Felipe Massa was the final runner below 1m 34s with 1m 33.949s, as Jenson Button and Sergio Perez recorded 1m 34.117s and 1m 34.282s respectively in their McLarens.

Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne sandwiched Valtteri Bottas' Williams in their Toro Rossos; the Australian lapped in 1m 34.577s, the Finn in 1m 34.611s and the Frenchman 1m 34.678s. Pastor Maldonado chased them in the other Williams with 1m 34.833s.

Caterham's dramatic improvement was again evident as Charles Pic headed Marussia's Jules Bianchi, with 1m 35.816s to 1m 36.731s, while Giedo van der Garde was 20th on 1m 36.939s as mechanical problems restricted Max Chilton to 1m 37.630s.

At the back, Esteban Gutierrez recorded eight more laps than anyone else, but none faster than 1m 39.592s.

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