TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
Auto Racing

Rosberg fastest in final practice for F1 Australian Gran Prix

{eot}
The Canadian Press
3/15/2014 12:21:38 AM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in Saturday's pre-qualifying practice session for the season-opening Formula One Australian Grand Prix, well clear of his rivals.

Rosberg was 1.4 seconds quicker than the next fastest driver, Jenson Button of McLaren, around the Albert Park street circuit.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third fastest, narrowly ahead of Rosberg's teammate Lewis Hamilton, while four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was down in 12th place, 2.8 seconds off the pace and complaining on his radio about his car.

"The car is horrible," Vettel radioed to his garage. An engineer replied: "Can you explain what is horrible?" Vettel responded: "Drivability, the car doesn't accelerate."

His teammate Daniel Ricciardo fared better, setting the fifth fastest time, less than a hundredth of a second ahead of Force India's Nico Hulkenberg.

Despite dark clouds around Melbourne, rain held off for the practice session but was forecast to arrive later Saturday and may affect qualifying.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was seventh on the timesheets, ahead of McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen, Force India's Sergio Perez and Williams driver Felipe Massa.

The Caterham cars finally got out on track for a full session after doing next-to-no running on Friday, but Lotus continued to have reliability problems. Romain Grosjean did not complete a lap, while Pastor Maldonado got through the session but his car coasted to a halt on track soon after it finished.

Nico Rosberg (Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

zoom

(Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television