2013 British GP: Third practice
MERC ON TOP IN PRACTICE: Mercedes Nico Rosberg set the fastest time during the second and third practice sessions ahead of the 2013 British GP.Image: AFP
SILVERSTONE, England - Mercedes dominated final practice for the 2013 British Grand Prix with Nico Rosberg beating team mate Lewis Hamilton to set the fastest time on June 29.
Rosberg, who was quickest during the second practice session, lapped the Silverstone circuit with a best lap of 1min 31.487 on a bright and breezy day at the former World War two airfield that hosted the first championship race in 1950.
Hamilton was 0.146 slower after Monaco winner Rosberg snatched the top place on the timesheets in the closing seconds.
Red Bull's triple world champion and championship leader Sebastian Vettel and team mate Mark Webber were third and fourth fastest, but half a second slower than Rosberg, with Lotus's Romain Grosjean fifth.
Vettel leads Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by 36 points after seven of 19 races.
McLaren's Jenson Button was only 12th and Mexican team mate Sergio Perez was 18th after a left rear tyre blowout caused the session to be halted for marshals to pick up debris.
Perez also slid off later in a difficult session for his struggling team.
2013 British Grand Prix:
1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min31.487
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min31.633
3 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1min32.037
4 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 1min32.078
5 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min32.391
6 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1min32.440
7 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min32.454
8 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 1min32.459
9 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1min32.536
10 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1min32.571
11 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1min32.580
12 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min32.926
13 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1min33.133
14 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber 1min33.225
15 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1min33.273
16 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min33.309
17 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 1min33.370
18 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1min33.607
19 Charles Pic (France) Caterham 1min34.971
20 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 1min34.990
21 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 1min36.694
22 Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham 1min37.443
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