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Final practice - Ferrari close in on Red Bull at Spa 24 Aug 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Belgian Grand Prix, Practice, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Friday, 23 August 2013 Ferrari's Fernando Alonso watches on as Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel pips him to the fastest lap in Practice Three Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is one of many drivers to misjudge his braking early in the session Nico Hulkenberg lights up the tyres of his Sauber

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull took control of things again during the final practice session at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday morning, but it was much closer-run than Friday as he pipped Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to the fastest time with just two of the 60 minutes remaining.

It was Nico Rosberg for Mercedes who had been fastest on the hard Pirelli tyres with 1m 49.879s before the wholesale switch to mediums saw a flurry of fast times in the final ten minutes.

First it was the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne with 1m 49.479s, then Force India's Adrian Sutil with 1m 49.135s, before Alonso posted 1m 48.432s. That resisted the efforts of Ferrari's Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, Force India's Paul di Resta, Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen, Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull's Mark Webber, Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren's Jenson Button, until Vettel slipped in 1m 48.327s to go to the top.

Alonso’s time held up for second, with Webber third on 1m 48.533s ahead of an impressive Vergne on 1m 48.776s, then Massa on 1m 48.788s, Button in the improved MP4-28 on 1m 48.882s, the surprising Gutierrez on 1m 48.930s, Romain Grosjean on 1m 48.967s for Lotus and Rosberg on 1m 48.993s.

Button then began a lap which saw him go even faster than Vettel had in the first sector, but he failed to improve after a poor sector two.

The top 10 was completed by Raikkonen with 1m 49.008s, followed by Ricciardo whose 1m 49.035s just pipped Hamilton’s 1m 49.046s as the Englishman continued to hone his Mercedes’s set-up. Sutil, who had at one point been fastest with 1m 49.135s, could only improve to 1m 49.122s and thus fell to 13th, with team mate Paul di Resta separated from him by Valtteri Bottas in the faster Williams; the Finn lapped in 1m 49.177s, the Scot in 1m 49.226s. Behind them came McLaren's Sergio Perez on 1m 49.417s, Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 49.478s in the second Sauber and Williams' Pastor Maldonado on 1m 50.418s.

Caterham stayed ahead of Marussia, but Charles Pic was faster than Giedo van der Garde this time, with 1m 51.416s to 1m 51.800s, as Jules Bianchi headed Max Chilton with 1m 52.221s to 1m 53.507s.

Following Friday's punctures for Vettel and Alonso, there were no further tyre dramas, with Pirelli happy they had traced the cause of both to a small piece of metal debris from another car.

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