Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel holds off Romain Grosjean in FP3

Sebastian Vettel was fastest again in final practice ahead of Singapore Grand Prix qualifying, but Romain Grosjean and Lotus stepped up to pressure Red Bull

Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel holds off Romain Grosjean in FP3

There were hints throughout the session that Red Bull's rivals had reduced the advantage it held at the end of Friday.

Red Bull again held a one-two during the main running on the harder Pirellis.

This time Mark Webber turned the tables on Vettel after their Friday battle as his 1m46.220s lap beat the German by 0.079 seconds.

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes was just 0.2s slower, a notable improvement on practice two.

Again there were substantial pace improvements on the super-soft tyre, with a massive leap from Grosjean putting the Lotus on top with a 1m44.364s.

Vettel managed to still pip that with a 1m44.173s, 0.191s faster, while Webber hit traffic on super-softs and was only fourth behind Mercedes' Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton ended the hour in fifth ahead of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.

Alonso was followed by the man McLaren would perhaps like to oust in his favour next year: Sergio Perez.

Nico Hulkenberg gave Sauber another boost with eighth place, with Jenson Button and Felipe Massa completing the top 10.

While Grosjean starred, his Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen could only manage 12th with a disappointing super-soft attempt.

 Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m44.173s 15 2. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m44.364s +0.191s 16 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m44.741s +0.568s 18 4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m44.906s +0.733s 14 5. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m44.921s +0.748s 14 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m45.257s +1.084s 13 7. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m45.500s +1.327s 12 8. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m45.876s +1.703s 19 9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m45.890s +1.717s 13 10. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m45.935s +1.762s 13 11. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m46.084s +1.911s 15 12. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m46.147s +1.974s 13 13. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m46.338s +2.165s 17 14. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m46.358s +2.185s 16 15. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m46.660s +2.487s 17 16. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m46.879s +2.706s 16 17. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m46.893s +2.720s 13 18. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m47.249s +3.076s 19 19. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m48.931s +4.758s 17 20. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m49.037s +4.864s 18 21. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m49.182s +5.009s 21 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m49.982s +5.809s 20
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