26/10/13 - 06:30
Indian Grand Prix
Buddh International Circuit • Free Practice 3

Free Practice 3

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Qualifying is coming up - the Red Bulls will be favourites, but possibly we might see a challenge from a Ferrari.


Alonso and Hulkenberg follow, with Grosjean, Massa and Di Resta the next quickest.


So Vettel paces practice once again, with Red Bull team-mate Webber coming in just behind.


Hamilton on team radio: “I got held up on my lap when Grosjean went off.”


Out comes the chequered flag to bring to an end this 40-minute session.


Hulkenberg on team radio: "Both rear tyres look pretty damaged - there's maybe a blister."


Three minutes left and only Di Resta remains in the pits. Busy end to this shortened session.


Now it's the Mercedes cars' turn to see what they can do on the softs.


Hulkenburg recovers somewhat from that bounce with a decent lap to slip into fourth place, while Alonso goes third quickest on his soft tyres.


Rosberg on team radio: “Still too much understeer in the slow speed. But I don’t want to hurt the rear.”


Red Bull team radio to Vettel: "That pace is plenty quick enough, I’m sure you can drop that. Remember, mid-32s is the target."


Gutierrez hits one of the sausage kerbs and goes airborne. When asked by his mechanic if the car is okay, he replies: "Yes. Was quite hard."


Hulkenberg causes havoc in the Sauber pit box as he swerves in, hits a spare jack which flies into the air, and then clips the foot of a mechanic, knocking his shoe off. He hobbles off for attention.


Vettel leads team-mate Webber now, with the Australian - also on softs - over half a second back. He's followed by Raikkonen, who has just moved up to third on the medium compound.


Vettel's Red Bull has soft tyres bolted to it and the German eases to the top of the timesheets with a lap of 1m25.332s.


Hamilton and Rosberg are on the rise and jostling for position but its' McLaren's Sergio Perez who in next to sit atop the pile after laying down a time of 1m27.136s.


Pastor Maldonado: "It was a hard FP2 specially with the problem we had on the wheel.... let see on Saturday what what will happen, hope better!!!"


Webber almost immediately responds with a time of 1m27.180s as things hot up out on the track.


Alonso deposes Webber from the top after just one flying lap, on which he stopped the clock at 1m27.792s.


Gutierrez lays down the first time of the session before Webber follows suit to clock an early benchmark time of 1m27.879s.


Vergne's team radio: “We anticipate a lot more traffic than usual.” Toro Rosso aren't wrong as most drivers dive out early as they alter their run plans.


Here we go then! This session will be just 40 minutes in length, and promises to be pretty hectic!


It's just an extra five minutes though and we'll be up and running shortly. Already Nico Rosberg is strapped into his Mercedes and ready to go.


A further delay to the start has been announced with no change to the hazy conditions.


It's the same problem, if not the same exact atmospheric conditions, here as in Motegi for this weekend's Moto GP - the poor visibility means medical helicopters can't fly and with no medical helicopters in the air, there's no chance of high-speed racing machines being able to head out on the ground.


We've just been informed that there is a delay to the start of today's action - 15 minutes to be precise - due to poor visibility and the session has been shortened to 45 minutes.


Very similar weather conditions to yesterday - fine and dry with a bit of haze filtering out the sunshine and temperatures to reach the 30-degree mark.


Can the Red Bulls take that kind of pace into qualifying? We'll know soon enough.


Sebastian Vettel ruled the roost during yesterday's two sessions, with Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber not too far behind.


Another hour of practice is just around the corner before qualifying later in the day, which promises to sort the wheat from the chaff before Sunday's race.


Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the second day of action ahead of the Indian Grand Prix.