Vettel sets best time for training
Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel sets the best time in 3rd place by a wide margin. Training. However, due to the conditions, the hunt for times is not very meaningful.
Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel set the best time by a wide margin in the not very meaningful final training for the Australian Grand Prix.
The four-time World Champion from Heppenheim needed 1:26.067 minutes for his best lap in Melbourne on a drying track.
He was 2.432 seconds faster than his team mate Kimi Räikkönen (Finland) and 2.823 seconds faster than the Swede Marcus Ericsson from the backbencher team Sauber in second and third place.
Many drivers, including World Champion Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes, refrained from risking a fast lap with dry tyres. The Englishman finished eighth, 8.158 seconds behind Vettel.
Nico Hülkenberg also completed only a few laps in the Renault and finished 18th. of the 60-minute unit (+12.415). The two Force India pilots even dispensed completely with driving a timed lap.
There were reasons for the general restraint: After hours of heavy rain in Melbourne this morning, a completely dry track is expected for qualifying at 5 p.m. local time. This means that the results of the third free training session in mixed conditions are manageable.
According to current forecasts it should rain on Sunday at most in the morning, but the drivers should also find dry conditions at the start of the race at 4.10 pm local time (7.10 am CEST/RTL).