Monaco Grand Prix 2013: Rosberg dominates the streets of Monte Carlo on Thursday

Nico Rosberg and Mercedes dominated free practice on Thursday at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The German driver led his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the second session after setting the fastest time in both the morning and afternoon. Fernando Alonso set the third fastest time in the Ferrari whilst his teammate Felipe Massa was fourth.

Mark Webber set the fifth fastest time in the first of the Red Bulls whilst the Lotuses of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean were sixth and seventh. Grosjean later clattered the wall in his E21 damaging the left side and front suspension bringing out the red flag. Officials took the opportunity to assess damage to the kerb at Turn 13.

Jenson Button set the eighth fastest time for McLaren just over a second off the pace. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was ninth fastest with his car undergoing work during the session.

The Force Indias were once again evenly matched with Paul di Resta narrowly outrunning Adrian Sutil for 11th. The German hit the wall during the first session but managed to make it back to the pits for checks to be carried out on his car. Sergio Perez was 12th in the second McLaren.

Nico Hulkenberg was 13th for Sauber whilst his teammate was 15th. Hulkenberg was party to a near miss after Alonso took action to avoid the slow moving Sauber late during the second session. The two Saubers were split by the Williams of Pastor Maldonado in 14th.

Toro Rosso had a disappointing afternoon with Daniel Ricciardo in 16th and teammate Jean-Eric Vergne setting the 17th fastest time. Behind them Valtteri Bottas was 18th for Williams.

At the back Marussia led the Caterhams with Jules Bianchi 19th, Charles Pic 20th, Max Chilton 21st and Giedo van der Garde 22nd.

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Chinese Grand Prix 2013: Massa leads the way on Friday

Felipe Massa set the fastest time in the second free practice session of the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Brazilian driver set his fastest time on a soft set of Pirelli tyres and also set some impressive times on long runs on the medium compound tyre.

Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus was the driver who set the closest time to Massa with Fernando Alonso setting the third fastest time of the session.

Nico Rosberg set the fourth fastest time for Mercedes after having set the pace in FP1.

Mark Webber was fifth for Red Bull, whilst things seem to be improving for McLaren with Jenson Button setting the sixth fastest time.

Lewis Hamilton was seventh in the second Mercedes ahead of the Force India’s of Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta.

Sebastian Vettel was tenth in the second Red Bull with Sergio Perez 11th after a spin at the start of the session.

Romain Grosjean set the 12th fastest time whilst Esteban Gutierrez was 13th in the first Sauber ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in 14th and his teammate Jean-Eric Vergne in 15th.

Valtteri Bottas set the 16th fastest time ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in the second Sauber.

Pastor Maldonado was 18th ahead of Jules Bianchi who was once again impressive for Marussia.

At the back Giedo van der Garde was 20th ahead of teammate Charles Pic and Marussia driver Max Chilton who only managed five laps in the session.

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FP3 is at 4am UK time with qualifying at 7am. Full coverage of all practice and qualifying sessions can be seen on Sky Sports F1 and the BBC.

Malaysian Grand Prix 2013: Lotus set the pace on Friday

Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time of FP2 on Friday at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Lotus driver set the time before the rain began to fall in the final half and hour of practice in Sepang.

Behind him Sebastian Vettel set the second fastest time with Felipe Massa setting the third fastest time.

Fernando Alonso set the fourth fastest time at his 200th Grand Prix appearance ahead of Mark Webber who set the fifth fastest time and is also taking part in his 200th Grand Prix.

Romain Grosjean was sixth in the second Lotus ahead of Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes.

Behind them Paul di Resta set the eighth fastest time ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes.

Adrian Sutil set the 10th fastest time despite an issue with his car bringing his session to a premature end.

The Mclaren’s of Sergio Perez and Jenson Button were just outside the top ten setting the 11th and 12th times respectively and showing things do not look much better for the team in Malaysia.

The Sauber’s of Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez were13th and 14th with both drivers suffering spins during the session.

Jean Eric-Vergne was 15th for Toro Rosso ahead of Pastor Maldonado and teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Jules Bianchi impressed for Marussia again setting the 18th fastest time ahead of Williams rookie Valtteri Bottas.

The Caterhams of Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde set the 20th and 21st fastest times with Max Chilton setting the 22nd time.

FP3 is at 5am UK time with qualifying at 8am. 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.

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.

Hamilton ahead of Vettel in Brazil

Lewis Hamilton topped both FP1 and FP2 in Brazil today beating Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel in both sessions.

Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber set the third fastest time of the second session ahead of Felipe Massa. Fernando Alonso set the fifth fastest time, with teammate Massa looking the faster of the two drivers again this weekend.

Alonso will hope to close the gap to Vettel before qualifying tomorrow to give him the best chance of snatching the title away from Vettel.

Behind them Mercedes looked impressive with Michael Schumacher setting the sixth fastest time at his last Grand Prix ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg in seventh.

Jenson Button couldn’t match the pace of teammate Hamilton and only managed to set the eighth fastest time ahead of Romain Grosjean in the Lotus.

Paul di Resta beat teammate Nico Hulkenberg to tenth position whilst Kimi Raikkonen set the 12th fastest time of the second session. Bruno Senna was 13th ahead of the Sauber’s of Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi.

Daniel Ricciardo set the 16th fastest time ahead of Pastor Maldonado in the second Williams and teammate Jean-Eric Vergne. Behind them the two Caterhams, Pedro de la Rosa, the two Marussias and Narain Karthikeyan.

The battle between Hamilton and Vettel that began in Austin looks set to continue this weekend. Unless Alonso produces something spectacular then the title looks like it belongs to Vettel.

Vettel quickest in practice for United States Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in both FP1 and FP2 in Austin despite sitting out of much of FP2 with a water leak on his Red Bull.

Vettel had only completed three laps when he was forced to return to the pits and would not return to the track for an hour.

Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber was second fastest in the second session ahead of Vettel’s championship rival Fernando Alonso in third.

Alonso will be hoping that he will be closer to Vettel in qualifying and the race in order to give himself the best chance of beating Vettel to the championship.

McLaren teammates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button finished the second session in fourth and fifth despite Hamilton having a spin.

Felipe Massa was sixth in the second Ferrari ahead of Nico Rosberg in seventh. Bruno Senna’s weekend began positively with the eighth fastest time in the second session ahead of Kamui Kobayashi in ninth.

Michael Schumacher completed the top ten ahead of Abu Dhabi winner Kimi Raikkonen in 11th.

Pastor Maldonado finished the session 12th in the second Williams whilst Romain Grosjean spun at turn one on his way to setting the 13th fastest time.

Behind them Sergio Perez could only manage 14th ahead of the two Toro Rossos. Force India could not replicate their FP1 form and only set the 17th and 18th fastest times.

At the back of the field finished Heikki Kovalainen, Timo Glock, Vitaly Petrov and Charles Pic ahead of the two HRTs.

Vettel’s impressive form in Austin despite problems with his car suggests that winning his third consecutive title is becoming more and more likely. Red Bull and Vettel are beginning to look as if they could walk away with the title if Alonso and Ferrari cannot produce something short of a miracle this weekend.

Red Bull on top form in India

Red Bull continued their dominant form in FP1 and FP2 in India with Sebastian Vettel topping both sessions on Friday.

Mark Webber set the second fastest time in FP2 behind teammate Vettel with Fernando Alonso managing to set the third fastest time despite issues with his Ferrari.

Nico Rosberg set a good time to finish the second session fourth ahead of the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen.

McLaren looked to be struggling as Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button could only manage the sixth and seventh best times respectively in the second session. They had looked marginally better in FP1 and seemed to be setting stronger long distance times than the other teams.

Nico Hulkenberg finished the session eighth at Force India’s home Grand Prix, whilst Romain Grosjean took ninth in the second lotus and Bruno Senna tenth in the Williams. All three men struggled to get to grips with the circuit having a few minor spins between them.

The second Force India of Paul di Resta finished the session 11th ahead of the returning Sergio Perez who sat out of FP1 with a cold. Michael Schumacher had a contrasting day to his teammate Rosberg as he only managed to set the 13th fastest time.

Daniel Ricciardo set the 14th fastest time ahead of Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari as he struggled with the balance of the car. Behind them finished Kamui Kobayashi in 16th, Pastor Maldonado in 17th, Jean-Eric Vergne in 18th and then the Caterhams, HRTs and Marussias.

With the Indian circuit seeming to suit Red Bull so well Sebastian Vettel looks in a good position to extend his championship lead as he attempts to win his third consecutive championship.

Red Bull set the pace in Korea

Red Bull topped free practice two in Korea with Sebastian Vettel finishing first and teammate Mark Webber setting the second quickest time.

Vettel and Webber were closely matched in the second session with both fighting over the top spot. Behind them Fernando Alonso set the third fastest time ahead of Jenson Button in the McLaren. Button’s team mate Lewis Hamilton, who topped the time sheets in FP1, could only manage to set the eighth fastest time, whilst Felipe Massa secured the sixth fastest time of the session in the other Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher set the fifth fastest time with teammate Nico Rosberg finishing the session seventh for Mercedes as they try to make up for their disappointing race in Japan. Nico Hulkenberg and Kimi Raikkonen finished the session in the top ten, finishing ninth and tenth respectively. Romain Grosjean finished in eleventh behind teammate Raikkonen as the Lotus team begins using its new Coanda exhaust. The Lotus’ aren’t known for showing their pace in practice and they are expected to be closer to the front pack come Sunday.

Bruno Senna set the 12th quickest time in the Williams with Paul di Resta 13th in the second Force India. Kamui Kobayashi finished the session 14th following his podium in Japan. Sauber appear unlikely to replicate the same form as was seen there as Sergio Perez finished 15th after having to retire his car after a mechanical issue.

Next came the two Toro Rosso’s with Jean-Eric Vergne winning the teammate battle against Daniel Ricciardo in FP2. Behind them Pastor Maldonado finished the session 18th in the second Williams. Heikki Kovalinen was the first of the back markers finishing 19th, behind him came Timo Glock, Charles Pic, Vitaly Petrov and the two HRTs.

Red Bull come to Korea following back to back wins in Singapore and Japan with Vettel and they look likely to continue that winning form. A win in Korea could lift Vettel ahead of Alonso in the drivers Championship and help towards securing the constructors championship for the team.

Webber tops FP2 in Japan

Mark Webber topped a tight free practice two session in Suzuka in a race that is pivotal to the 2012 championship.

Webber beat Lewis Hamilton to the top spot whilst his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel finished the session third, to demonstrate that Red Bull could be set to dominate the closing races of the season. Nico Hulkenberg finished the session fourth for Force India, but teammate Paul di Resta failed to set a time having crashed causing the session to be red flagged early on.

The incident packed session saw many drivers struggle to control their cars. Michael Schumacher went off at the same corner as di Resta, in an almost identical accident, but was not injured. Both of the Caterham drivers and Sauber drivers had off track excursions along with a number of other drivers including Felipe Massa.

Ferrari were slightly off the pace with Fernando Alonso only managing fifth but he was still within one second of Webber. Romain Grosjean was sixth behind Alonso and FP1 leader Jenson Button finished seventh in the second McLaren. The tight top eight was completed by Bruno Senna for Williams, all drivers in the top eight were within a second of Webber’s time.

Massa finished the session in ninth whilst Schumacher finished tenth in the Mercedes, despite his crash, his teammate Nico Rosberg was 11th. Despite their incidents Sauber finished the session 12th and 13th ahead of Raikkonen who had suffered a KERS issue. The unreliability of the Lotus is beginning to hamper Raikkonen’s chance of winning the drivers championship, and the decision to not run the new rear wing device as it was deemed to offer no advantage will not help either.

Webber will be happy to have topped the session and will hope that this form will continue for the rest of the weekend as he hopes to get his chances of a championship back on track, however unlikely this is.

Red Bull and McLaren are likely to battle for pole position tomorrow, but with all the teams relatively close together it is set to be an interesting qualifying session.