Spanish Grand Prix 2013: Sebastian Vettel tops Friday practice

Spanish Grand Prix 2013: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel sets the fastest time across both Friday practice sessions

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Sebastian Vettel was just 0.017s faster than Fernando Alonso Photo: Getty Images/Red Bull Racing

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time across both practice sessions ahead of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The defending world champion ended up just 0.017 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, with Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber third.

Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen was fourth-quickest ahead of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

“Overall, we can be happy with today,” said Vettel. “This afternoon was fairly conclusive, but this morning wasn’t really much good with the weather.

“We have some new parts here but the days of big, big upgrades don’t really happen now with the regulations how they are.”

Pirelli have brought a revised version of their hard tyre compound for the race at the Circuit de Catalunya, which is slightly harder than the one used so far this season.

“It’s hard to say much about the harder tyre,” Vettel continued. “I think the number of pit stops will be the same here in this race as at the last few.”

Hamilton, who is currently third in the drivers’ standings in his first season at McLaren, was satisfied with the day overall.

“It’s been OK,” said Hamilton. “Not the greatest of days but we’ve learnt a lot and we have a lot of work to do to find out where we can improve with the balance.

“We’ve added downforce so that’s a positive. I’m very happy with the work everyone has done; we just have to extract it.”

Spanish Grand Prix: Friday practice combined times

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 22.808s

2. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 22.825s

3. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 22.891s

4. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 23.030s

5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 23.110s

6. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 23.140s

7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 23.398s

8. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 23.840s

9. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 24.058s

10. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 24.104s

11. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 24.175s

12. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 24.306s

13. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes 1m 24.854s

14. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault 1m 24.888s

15. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari 1m 25.167s

16. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault 1m 25.321s

17. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 25.441s

18. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1m 25.851s

19. Giedo van der Garde Holland Caterham-Renault 1m 25.963s

20. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Cosworth 1m 26.078s

21. Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault 1m 26.930s

22. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Cosworth 1m 26.970s

23. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Caterham-Renault 1m 28.373s*

24. Rodolfo Gonzalez Venezuela Marussia-Cosworth 1m 30.314s*

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