Local crowd favourite Mark Webber has piled an enormous amount of expectation on him leading into the all-important qualifying session by topping the timesheets in the final free practice session on Saturday afternoon for the Australian Grand Prix.

P3 - Mark Webber

The Red Bull driver from Queanbeyan became the first driver to drop below the 1m25s lap-time barrier, by virtue of a late, low-fuel run on the softer tyre compound in the dying minutes of the session.

His best time of 1:24.719 headed Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by 0.210s.

The only other driver to break through the 1m25s barrier was none other than Michael Schumacher, who was really on the pace in the final session – particularly in the middle sector of the Albert Park lap.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was fourth-quickest on the timesheets, followed by Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button who rounded out the top-six-placed drivers on the timesheets.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton attempted to put his ‘hoon driving’ antics behind him and showed his talent on the circuit. An early run on the harder tyres saw him become the first driver to enter the 1m25s range, and his eventual best time of the session was nearly eight-tenths slower than Webber’s best time.

2010 Australian GP Practice 3 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Mark Webber AU Red Bull Renault 1:24.719 16
2. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari + 0.210 19
3. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP + 0.244 17
4. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault + 0.403 19
5. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP + 0.647 16
6. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes + 0.680 20
7. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes + 0.786 14
8. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes + 0.806 18
9. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari + 0.830 20
10. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA Force India Mercedes + 1.063 19
11. Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams Cosworth + 1.133 17
12. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari + 1.385 21
13. Robert Kubica POL Renault + 1.465 21
14. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari + 1.556 21
15. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari + 1.649 17
16. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault + 1.942 19
17. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Williams Cosworth + 2.085 19
18. Pedro de la Rosa ESP Sauber Ferrari + 2.099 18
19. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus Cosworth + 4.820 19
20. Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus Cosworth + 5.081 16
21. Lucas di Grassi BRA Virgin Racing Cosworth + 6.081 18
22. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth + 6.395 12
23. Karun Chandhok IND HRT Cosworth + 9.615 11
24. Bruno Senna BRA HRT Cosworth + 11.930 8

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