Sebastian Vettel looks to be a prime candidate for pole position after confirming Red Bull’s dominance to-date for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, topping the timesheets in the third and final practice session before tonight’s all-important qualifying session.

Vettel looks the odds-on favourite to take pole positionThe margin of over half a second to Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari might look imposing, but the German’s prime spot on the timing screens was all but secured courtesy of a last-minute yellow flag that forced many rivals to abandon their final hot lap.

The culprit was Bruno Senna, with the Hispania Racing driver grinding to a halt at Turn 18 after spinning.

Vettel assumed the head of the leaderboard with 20 minutes of the one-hour session to run, overtaking the benchmark set by Lewis Hamilton, who was eventually classified as the third-quickest runner. He was followed by Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber.

Track conditions were again mixed, with the street circuit dotted with rain puddles after a pre-session shower. Several drivers ventured out for exploratory laps on intermediate tyres, but was some 20 minutes into the session before Lucas di Grassi posted the first timed lap.

His time was quickly overhauled by Jaime Alguersuari, with the Toro Rosso driver then exchanging quickest times with his team-mate Sébastien Buemi and Robert Kubica in the Renault. Their best efforts were then to be overcome by Hamilton, who would later then be eclipsed by Vettel.

The teams will be glad to avoid the hassle of crash repairs to their very expensive cars, with all drivers managing to avoid chucking their machines into the crash barriers.

However, with thunderstorms forecast to lash the area at 10pm local time – right when qualifying starts – we could see an incident-filled and very unpredictable grid for tomorrow night’s race.

But the other 22 cars will have quite a job catching the Red Bulls, it would seem…

 

2010 Singapore GP Practice 3 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault 1:48.028 15
2. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari + 0.622 16
3. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes + 0.972 12
4. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari + 0.995 18
5. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP + 1.028 17
6. Mark Webber AU Red Bull Renault + 1.184 13
7. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Williams Cosworth + 1.276 17
8. Robert Kubica POL Renault + 1.492 16
9. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes + 1.888 15
10. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari + 1.921 16
11. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault + 2.012 15
12. Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams Cosworth + 2.025 16
13. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes + 2.032 12
14. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari + 2.039 16
15. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP + 2.039 14
16. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA_thumb2[1] Force India Mercedes + 2.840 16
17. Nick Heidfeld DEU Sauber Ferrari + 2.988 15
18. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari + 2.999 17
19. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth + 4.312 14
20. Heikki Kovalainen FIN_thumb[2] Lotus Cosworth + 5.118 15
21. Lucas di Grassi BRA Virgin Racing Cosworth + 5.269 15
22. Jarno Trulli ITA_thumb2[1] Lotus Cosworth + 5.563 17
23. Christian Klien AUT_thumb[2] HRT Cosworth + 6.798 16
24. Bruno Senna BRA HRT Cosworth + 7.339 16

[Original image via Sutton Images]

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