Practice 3: Alonso quickest before torrential downpour
21 July, 2012
Jul.21 (Apex) With handful of minutes left in the final free practice session of the German Grand Prix weekend, the heavens opened up and torrential rain fell over Hockenheim after a dry 60 minutes session which saw Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso top the timing sheets.
Alonso’s best time came around the 40 minute mark, when he bolted on a set of the yellow band Pirelli soft tyres on the Ferrari F2012 – featuring a newly tweaked front wing – and promptly went faster than any one has been all weekend with his time of 1 minute 16.014 seconds. Team mate Felipe Massa was eighth fastest.
Next up was Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren, interestingly the Briton having set his time on a set of the harder silver band Pirelli PZero tyres which appear better suited to the MP4-27 than the softer option. Team mate Jenson Button did very few laps and appears to be having a torrid time with the set-up on his car, and despite notching up 25 laps ended the session slowest of all. Something is amiss in the Button camp…
Continuing to show good pace in the Sauber was Sergio Perez who ended the session third fastest, a half second up on teammate Kamui Kobayashi who ended the session ninth.
Both Williams drivers ended the session in the top ten with Pastor Maldonado seventh fastest and Bruno Senna tenth.
Heavy clouds lingered on the horizon as FP3 began at 11:00 am local, with some teams predicting a rain free session, others expecting rain mid-way through the hour, but in the end it fell right at the very end of the session.
If the deluge that was witnessed at the very end of the morning practice is anything to go by, then for sure qualifying will be rain affected. Watch this space…
Subbed by AJN.
German Grand Prix Free Practice 3 – Saturday, 21 July 2012
|5||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:16.447||0.433||19|
|6||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:16.475||0.461||18|
|12||12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:17.033||1.019||26|
|13||11||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:17.148||1.134||24|
|20||22||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT-Cosworth||1:19.778||3.764||22|
- Montezemolo: I have faith, but now it’s time for fewer words and more achievements
- Massa: I have no idea if it will jeopardise my future
- Alonso: The hope is there but we must make a step forward
- Ferrari: The most we could have achieved
- Alonso: The strategy we have chosen should help to recover good positions
- Ferrari: Tyre degradation dictated our qualifying strategy
- Ferrari: New tyre has not affected the balance of the car
- Ferrari: We saw the performance gap grow between ourselves and Red Bull and Mercedes
- Alonso: Marshals, fans or a driver could have been killed
- Accolades pour in for ‘flawless’ and ‘extraordinary’ Alonso