2013 INDIAN GP: FRIDAY RESULTS - RED BULL DOMINANT CAR

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel went quickest in both free practice sessions today for the Indian Grand Prix. Vettel set fastest time in the morning on the medium tyre, before switching to the soft in the afternoon. These two tyres are a step softer than those nominated for India last year, when most drivers completed the race with just one pit stop. During the afternoon session, Vettel set a benchmark time of 1:25.722, nearly a second faster than the time he had set in the morning. In both sessions today, his team mate Mark Webber was second-fastest.

Sebastian Vettel:"The soft tyre is not lasting so long here, but it’s Friday and the track is still rubbering in; it’s normally improving for Saturday, plus we haven’t used this compound for a long time, so tomorrow it should be better."

Mark Webber: "The track was pretty good at the start of today’s sessions, better than last year I would say. However, the conditions in P2 are normally different to what we have in the race, so it’s hard to say how we will go tomorrow and Sunday, but hopefully we have the pace and can control the race. The car is very consistent, but we need to work on the tyres and make sure we get the most out of them."

Romain Grosjean ended the first day of practice for the Indian Grand Prix with the third fastest lap of the day:"That was a good start to the weekend. The car feels good and we made progress through the day to make it better. It’s still a struggle to find grip here which can make things interesting as you find the limits, but the pace of our car relative to our rivals looks quite good. I’m hopeful of another solid day tomorrow which should give us another strong qualifying position if the evidence of today is anything to go by. We’ll do everything we can to take the fight to Red Bull."

Strong dominant friday for Red Bull cars demotivating it`s rivals. Nico Rosberg thinks they are unstopable: "We are fighting for third place on the podium because the Red Bulls, are just too quick, it's doable. It's a lot of work ahead of us tonight, but I'm quite confident. Pole is out of the question because the Red Bulls are too fast, especially Vettel. It's a bit of a pity but that's the way it is, so third place is the target."
FIRST FREE PRACTICE
 P.    Driver               Team           Time       Gap   Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel       Red Bull       1:26.683           24
 2. Mark Webber            Red Bull       1:26.871  + 0.188  17
 3. Nico Rosberg           Mercedes AMG   1:26.899  + 0.216  23
 4. Romain Grosjean        Lotus          1:26.990  + 0.307  20
 5. Lewis Hamilton         Mercedes AMG   1:27.227  + 0.544  21
 6. Jenson Button          McLaren        1:27.335  + 0.652  23
 7. Sergio Perez           McLaren        1:27.416  + 0.733  23
 8. Felipe Massa           Ferrari        1:27.692  + 1.009  21
 9. Nico Hulkenberg        Sauber         1:27.770  + 1.087  19
10. Valtteri Bottas        Williams       1:27.800  + 1.117  23
11. Jean-Eric Vergne       Toro Rosso     1:28.035  + 1.352  25
12. Fernando Alonso        Ferrari        1:28.214  + 1.531   6
13. Daniel Ricciardo       Toro Rosso     1:28.336  + 1.653  18
14. Pastor Maldonado       Williams       1:28.342  + 1.659  21
15. Adrian Sutil           Force India    1:28.468  + 1.785  20
16. Esteban Gutierrez      Sauber         1:28.538  + 1.855  18
17. Kimi Raikkonen         Lotus          1:28.730  + 2.047  18
18. James Calado           Force India    1:29.197  + 2.514  22
19. Giedgo van der Garde   Caterham       1:29.413  + 2.730  24
20. Jules Bianchi          Marussia       1:29.560  + 2.877  20
21. Charles Pic            Caterham       1:30.026  + 3.343  23
22. Max Chilton            Marussia       1:30.471  + 3.788  17
SECOND FREE PRACTICE
 P.     Driver              Team           Time       Gap   Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel       Red Bull       1:25.722           35
 2. Mark Webber            Red Bul        1:26.011  + 0.289  38
 3. Romain Grosjean        Lotus          1:26.220  + 0.498  36
 4. Lewis Hamilton         Mercedes AMG   1:26.399  + 0.677  36
 5. Fernando Alonso        Ferrari        1:26.430  + 0.708  39
 6. Nico Rosberg           Mercedes AMG   1:26.582  + 0.860  40
 7. Felipe Massa           Ferrari        1:26.601  + 0.879  41
 8. Kimi Raikkonen         Lotus          1:26.632  + 0.910  32
 9. Sergio Perez           McLaren        1:26.857  + 1.135  40
10. Jenson Button          McLaren        1:26.972  + 1.250  39
11. Daniel Ricciardo       Toro Rosso     1:27.304  + 1.582  17
12. Adrian Sutil           Force India    1:27.375  + 1.653  36
13. Valtteri Bottas        Williams       1:27.429  + 1.707  31
14. Nico Hulkenberg        Sauber         1:27.491  + 1.769  40
15. Paul di Resta          Force India    1:27.608  + 1.886  38
16. Pastor Maldonado       Williams       1:27.720  + 1.998  23
17. Esteban Gutierrez      Sauber         1:27.949  + 2.227  34
18. Jean-Eric Vergne       Toro Rosso     1:28.431  + 2.709  30
19. Giedo van der Garde    Caterham       1:28.692  + 2.970  39
20. Jules Bianchi          Marussia       1:28.799  + 3.077  32
21. Charles Pic            Caterham       1:29.366  + 3.644  37
22. Max Chilton            Marussia       1:30.164  + 4.442  27