Sebastian Vettel has delighted the home crowd and will be hoping to go just as well in qualifying with a timesheet-topping performance in the third and final practice session ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix.
The German’s fastest time of 1:15.103 was a response to that of team-mate Mark Webber, who ultimately wound up some six-tenths slower than his Red Bull team-mate with whom he was effectively at odds just a fortnight ago at the British Grand Prix.
The pair was ultimately split by the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso at the end of the 60-minute session, with the Spaniard looking exceptionally competitive this weekend with a time just 0.284s slower than Vettel’s best.
As with the second practice session, it seems that no other team will be able to live with either Red Bull or Ferrari this weekend, with the four leading cars lapping considerably quicker than the chasing pack.
The final session greeted the drivers with yet more rain, but the weather had improved by the mid-point of the session, leaving all 24 drivers with limited time with which to perfect their set-ups for this afternoon’s qualifying session.
There was little in the way of incident or intrigue this session, although Michael Schumacher enjoyed an ‘off’ at the Turn 6 hairpin.
Jenson Button was seemingly unable to unlock any major pace from his McLaren and finished 13th on the timesheets.
The weekend seems to have gone downhill for Adrian Sutil, who pulled into the pits at the beginning of the session with a broken driveshaft.
2010 German GP Practice 3 Session Times:
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