Vettel, who topped the times charts in both practice sessions yesterday, concentrated more on the soft compound tyres in the FP3. On his sixteen laps on the Buddh circuit this time around, the German emerged fastest over all the other drivers with a lap time of 1m25.332s; his teammate Mark Webber 0.560 behind him. The two Red Bulls were the only cars out on track to have gone under the 1m26sec barrier in the third free practice session that was delayed to poor visibility and lasted only 40 minutes due. Compared to the practice sessions yesterday, order of things behind them changed drastically; adding a touch of unpredictability to the qualifying session that will follow shortly today. Fernando Alonso was the quickest behind the Red Bull cars posting a lap time of 1m26.105s.
Nico Hulkenberg showed brilliant pace to finish the session fourth fastest in his Sauber with a timing of 1m26.306s, ahead of Lotus's Romain Grosjean, who rounded up the top five fastest list with his 1m.26.350s lap time. Hulkenberg had a hairy incident on his way back to the pits when he made contact with one of his pit mechanics and sent him tumbling to the floor on entry. The mechanic however, got to his feet on his own and appeared unaffected barring some minor bruises.
Felipe Massa ended the session sixth fastest in his Ferrari with Paul Di Resta moving to seventh, just 0.003s behind Massa in the closing stages of the session. Nico Rosberg was a further 0.003s behind him.
British drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton in their McLaren and Mercedes cars completed the top ten fastest drivers' standings of the morning session. Kimi Raikkonen followed as the 11th fastest. William's Pastor Maldonado who lost a wheelnut and had to pull his car over at the side of the track in FP2, was 12th fastest and Sergio Perez and Adrian Sutil of the McLarens and Force India cars finishing 13th and 14th in the session.