2013 BAHREIN GP: FREE PRACTICE RESULTS

Fernando Alonso put Ferrari back on top in the final free practice session ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying. The Chinese GP winner produced a fast lap on the softer medium tyres seven minutes from the end, and it proved unbeatable.

The world champion's Red Bull had been on top for most of the session, and waited until the final seconds before heading out on medium Pirellis. Vettel came across traffic halfway round his lap, prompting an angry gesture at Charles Pic.

Mark Webber completed the top three in the second Red Bull and Lotus duo Kimi Raikkonen and early pacesetter Romain Grosjean were fourth and sixth, sandwiching Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes had a dramatic end to its session when Hamilton suffered an apparent left rear tyre failure on his slowing-down lap. The car sustained suspension damage in the incident, but Hamilton was able to nurse it back to the pits.

Lewis Hamilton will receive a five-place grid drop for the Bahrain Grand Prix as the Mercedes team has had to change his gearbox prior to qualifying. The penalty is the third to be applied for Bahrain qualifying so far, with Mark Webber and Esteban Gutierrez already facing three and five place demotions respectively for causing accidents in China.
SATURDAY PRACTICE
 P.      Driver            Team           Time       Gap    Laps
 1.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari        1:33.247            12
 2.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull       1:33.348  + 0.101   15
 3.  Mark Webber          Red Bull       1:33.380  + 0.133   19
 4.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus          1:33.446  + 0.199   21
 5.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes AMG   1:33.455  + 0.208   19
 6.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus          1:33.464  + 0.217   19
 7.  Adrian Sutil         Force India    1:33.596  + 0.349   17
 8.  Paul di Resta        Force India    1:33.700  + 0.453   15
 9.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes AMG   1:33.764  + 0.517   19
10.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber         1:33.922  + 0.675   17
11.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari        1:33.949  + 0.702   20
12.  Jenson Button        McLaren        1:34.117  + 0.870   17
13.  Sergio Perez         McLaren        1:34.282  + 1.035   18
14.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso     1:34.577  + 1.330   16
15.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams       1:34.611  + 1.364   17
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso     1:34.678  + 1.431   16
17.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams       1:34.833  + 1.586   17
18.  Charles Pic          Caterham       1:35.816  + 2.569   16
19.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia       1:36.731  + 3.484   17
20.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham       1:36.939  + 3.692   16
21.  Max Chilton          Marussia       1:37.630  + 4.383    7
22.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber         1:39.592  + 6.345   28
FREE PRACTICE 1

 P.      Driver            Team           Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Felipe Massa          Ferrari        1:34.487            11
 2. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari        1:34.564  + 0.077   19
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG   1:34.621  + 0.134   22
 4. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull       1:34.790  + 0.303   20
 5. Paul di Resta         Force India    1:34.949  + 0.462   17
 6. Jenson Button         McLaren        1:35.069  + 0.582   22
 7. Mark Webber           Red Bull       1:35.101  + 0.614   19
 8. Adrian Sutil          Force India    1:35.119  + 0.632   19
 9. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus          1:35.345  + 0.858   17
10. Romain Grosjean       Lotus          1:35.611  + 1.124   14
11. Sergio Perez          McLaren        1:35.640  + 1.153   23
12. Valtteri Bottas       Williams       1:35.783  + 1.296   16
13. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG   1:35.792  + 1.305   16
14. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso     1:36.014  + 1.527   19
15. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso     1:36.485  + 1.998   20
16. Pastor Maldonado      Williams       1:36.498  + 2.011   17
17. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber         1:36.755  + 2.268   20
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber         1:37.214  + 2.727   21
19. Charles Pic           Caterham       1:37.850  + 3.363   20
20. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham       1:38.401  + 3.914   20
21. Max Chilton           Marussia       1:39.445  + 4.958   12
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez      Marussia       1:40.215  + 5.728    7
FREE PRACTICE 2
 P.      Driver            Team           Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus          1:34.154            31
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull       1:34.184  + 0.030   26
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull       1:34.282  + 0.128   29
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari        1:34.310  + 0.156   28
 5. Paul di Resta         Force India    1:34.543  + 0.389   35
 6. Felipe Massa          Ferrari        1:34.552  + 0.398   34
 7. Romain Grosjean       Lotus          1:34.631  + 0.477   33
 8. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG   1:34.666  + 0.512   37
 9. Adrian Sutil          Force India    1:34.932  + 0.778   33
10. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG   1:34.976  + 0.822   29
11. Jenson Button         McLaren        1:35.356  + 1.202   32
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso     1:35.506  + 1.352   36
13. Sergio Perez          McLaren        1:35.5$9  + 1.435   36
14. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso     1:35.761  + 1.607   33
15. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber         1:36.133  + 1.979   36
16. Pastor Maldonado      Williams       1:36.279  + 2.125   33
17. Valtteri Bottas       Williams       1:36.579  + 2.425   28
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber         1:36.616  + 2.462   34
19. Charles Pic           Caterham       1:37.061  + 2.907   32
20. Max Chilton           Marussia       1:37.313  + 3.159   33
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia       1:37.363  + 3.209   29
22. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham       1:37.970  + 3.816   34