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But, the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso was just two hundredths behind Button and Felipe Massa in fourth just a tenth behind.
So the question is: Have Ferrari brought something new to the party this weekend?
The fact remains that the quickest time this afternoon at 1m 25.290 is still 3 seconds off Vettel's pole lap from last year, but the two Prancing Horses would appear to be restless. This weekend is vital for Felipe Massa. Having heard last week that Mark Webber held talks with Ferrari about a drive next year he must be feeling some serious pressure to perform. Where better to score a podium than at the home race.
From fifth on the results were: Rosberg, Raikkonen, Di Resta, Hulkenberg, Perez, and Schumacher.
D'Ambrosio was closer to Raikkonen this afternoon, just six tenths down on Kimi's time, as the Belgian got to grips with the track.