Australian Grand Prix 2013: Vettel sets the fastest time on Friday

Sebastian Vettel topped both free practice sessions at the first Grand Prix of the season in Australia.

The 2012 world champion set his fastest time in the second session on the supersoft tyres.

Behind him teammate Mark Webber set the second fastest time of the second session despite a half spin at Turn 13.

Nico Rosberg set the third fastest time of FP2 following a late run on the supersoft tyres, whilst teammate Lewis Hamilton’s attempt to improve his time was ended after he stopped on track at Turn Six leaving him seventh.

Fourth and fifth fastest were the Lotuses of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean whilst Fernando Alonso set the sixth fastest time.

Felipe Massa set the eighth fastest time despite a near clash with Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez at Turn One.

Adrian Sutil’s return to F1 saw him set the ninth fastest time in the second session with Nico Hulkenberg setting the 10th fastest time.

McLaren struggled during Free Practice setting the 11th and 13th fastest times with Jenson Button and Sergio Perez.

Paul di Resta set the 12th fastest time in the second Force India whilst Daniel Ricciardo set the 14th fastest time ahead or Gutierrez in the Sauber and Pastor Maldonado in the Williams.

Jean-Eric Vergne was 17th ahead of Valtteri Bottas on his F1 debut, with Jules Bianchi 19th for Marussia.

Charles Pic set the 20th fastest time for Caterham ahead of Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde.

FP3 is at 3am UK time with qualifying at 6am. Full coverage of all practice and qualifying sessions can be seen on Sky Sports F1. Extended highlights of qualifying are on BBC One at 1pm.

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