The third and final practice session just completed , with Sebastian Vettel still ranking first . The second place went to Romain Grosjean, with Rosberg finishing third and Mark Webber, fourth .
Vettel’s time was only 76 thousands of a second faster than yesterday’s FP2. Alonso and Massa finished 1.084 and 1.762 seconds behind Vettel, having big problems with the temperature of the rear tire , but also with the balance of the back. The deputy chief designer of the Scuderia, Simone Resta, stated:
Fernando is right. We expect Mercedes and Lotus to be competitive again , like the McLaren to a lesser extent, but the differences are larger than Germany and Hungary ( which are also high-downforce tracks ) .
Similarly disappointing was the performance of Kimi Raikkonen, who was unable to compete even with very soft tires , staying at the disappointing twelfth place , almost two seconds behind the pace of his teammate .
In terms of problems, all drivers have faced issue with marbles out of the racing line , which made it difficult for their efforts. Nico Rosberg faced the same problem with what he had yesterday, in the steering, which seemed to be solved by the end of the race. Finally, Van der Garde had another contact with the barriers at Turn 21 , fortunately without any damage.