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Final practice - Alonso closes in on Vettel at Monza 07 Sep 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Practice, Monza, Italy, Friday, 6 September 2013 James Allison, returning to Ferrari as chassis technical director, in discussion with Fernando Alonso Nico Rosberg looks on as his mechanics investigate an overheating issue on the Mercedes. His morning run is over The view from the thermal camera as Force India's Paul di Resta hits the tyre wall, having gone straight on at the Parabolica. He reports over team radio that it felt as though something broke on the car

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull continued to dominate practice at Monza on Saturday morning, as the German headed FP3 with a lap of 1m 24.360s despite improved relative performances from his pursuers.

This time it was home hero Ferrari's Fernando Alonso who got closest with 1m 24.643s, which just usurped Mark Webber in the other Red Bull. The Australian lapped in 1m 24.677s. A late improvement saw the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton jump up to fourth for with 1m 24.712s, but it was another tough session for his team mate Nico Rosberg whose W04 was laid low with overheating after posting 1m 27.822s early on. He ended up 22nd.

McLaren's improved form continued, with Sergio Perez taking fifth on 1m 24.864s. Daniel Ricciardo was a thousandth of a second slower for Toro Rosso, as Ferrari's Felipe Massa in seventh was the last runner below 1m 25s, with 1m 24.995s.

Jenson Button was eighth in the other MP4-28 on 1m 25.103s, while a big jump in performance saw Pastor Maldonado ninth for Williams with 1m 25.116s. It was extremely tight in the midfield, as Kimi Raikkonen followed with 1m 25.120s in the standard Lotus after the team decided to put the long wheelbase version away for the time being. Behind the Finn, Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne was 11th on 1m 25.136s ahead of Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 25.273s and team mate Esteban Gutierrez on 1m 25.324s, Romain Grosjean in the second Lotus on 1m 25.499s, Valtteri Bottas in the second Williams on 1m 25.660s and Adrian Sutil in the lead Force India on 1m 25.702s.

The main drama of the session involved Paul di Resta in the other VJM06, who went off after oversteering at Parabolica. His 1m 26.120s was 14th at the time, but he eventually wound up 17th.

Charles Pic put Caterham back ahead of Marussia, with 1m 26.607s, as team mate Giedo van der Garde was 19th on 1m 27.172s, and Jules Bianchi moved back in front of Marussia partner Max Chilton. But it was close, with respective laps of 1m 27.605s to 1m 27.665s for the Frenchman and the Englishman.

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