Chinese Grand Prix: Alonso trumps Massa in final practice

Updated: 13 April 2013 09:51 IST

Alonso, the two-time world champion, was 0.622sec quicker than Massa, who had topped the time charts in the afternoon session on Friday. Lewis Hamilton, recovering from a pollen allergy, was third-fastest in warm but dry conditions.

Shanghai:

Ferrari enjoyed a one-two in the final practice on Saturday for the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, as Fernando Alonso outgunned his team-mate Felipe Massa late in the session.

Alonso, the two-time world champion, was 0.622sec quicker than Massa, who had topped the time charts in the afternoon session on Friday. Lewis Hamilton, recovering from a pollen allergy, was third-fastest in warm but dry conditions.

Alonso clocked a lap time of one minute 35.391sec to snatch the best time.

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel was fourth-fastest, 0.895sec off title rival Alonso. Vettel's estranged Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber came home fifth-fastest.

He was followed by the Force India of Adrian Sutil, ahead of Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen. Jenson Button of McLaren, team-mate Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, of Sauber, rounded out the top 10.

Qualifying for Sunday's race is later on Saturday.

Topics : Formula 1 McLaren Fernando Alonso Michael Schumacher Sepang International Circuit Shanghai International Circuit Honda Renault Brawn Felipe Massa Lewis Hamilton Giancarlo Fisichella Italian Grand Prix Brazilian Grand Prix
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