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Earlier, Massa was fastest in the third and final practice session ahead of Raikkonen.

Webber was third in final practice but had a poor qualifying session and will start from seventh place, behind Lotus’ Romain Grosjean. They moved up a place due to Massa’s grid penalty, as did Perez.

“I was disappointed with the lap in Q3 and lost a lot of time in the last sector,” Webber said. “I’m normally quite strong there, but I was in trouble with the rears.”

Ferrari wants its drivers to find extra speed in qualifying to increase the pressure on Red Bull. Once again, those hopes were unfulfilled.

The closest Ferrari has been to pole was when Massa qualified second in Malaysia. Alonso started the previous three races from third.

Mercedes has been fast but lacking durability this season, so Hamilton and Rosberg stayed on longer runs than other drivers in practice.

“It’s going to be tough to keep these positions tomorrow,” Hamilton said.