Mark Webber has posted the fastest time in the third and final practice session, ahead of tonight’s qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix. The Australian outpaced Jenson Button and championship leader Sebastian Vettel during the one-hour session.
Button recovered from his Friday practice spin to go second-fastest, while Vettel’s true pace was perhaps masked when he came across traffic on each of his final flying laps as he attempted to wrest top spot on the timesheets from his team-mate.
Two-time Singapore winner Fernando Alonso finished the session fourth-fastest, while Lewis Hamilton finished half-a-second off the Spaniard’s best time to be fifth-fastest. Hamilton again had a trip over the circuit’s vicious kerbing, damaging the floor of his McLaren for the second time this weekend.
Almost a second further behind were the two Mercedes runners of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, who finished just six-thousandths of a second apart on the timing screens, while Felipe Massa had a quiet run to eighth-fastest in the second Ferrari.
With Renault’s Singapore struggles still continuing, this weekend presents Force India and Sauber with an opportunity to claim a healthy dose of points in tomorrow’s race – both teams were comfortably in the top half of the running and will provide fans with an entertaining scrap as they duke out sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship standings.
Aside from some near-misses with the walls and a few drivers getting some airtime when they clattered over the track’s high kerbing, it was a generally incident-free session.
2011 Singapore Grand Prix – Free Practice 3 Session Times:
|1.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Renault RB7||1:46.081||15|
|2.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-26||+ 0.027||17|
|3.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Renault RB7||+ 0.264||14|
|4.||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari F150° Italia||+ 0.315||14|
|5.||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes MP4-26||+ 0.855||20|
|6.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes GP W02||+ 1.750||14|
|7.||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes GP W02||+ 1.756||12|
|8.||Felipe Massa||Ferrari F150° Italia||+ 2.630||12|
|9.||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari C30||+ 2.976||15|
|10.||Adrian Sutil||Force India Mercedes VJM04||+ 3.223||16|
|11.||Sergio Pérez||Sauber Ferrari C30||+ 3.502||17|
|12.||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6||+ 3.598||18|
|13.||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes VJM04||+ 3.735||18|
|14.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Cosworth FW33||+ 3.770||17|
|15.||Rubens Barrichello||Williams Cosworth FW33||+ 4.108||15|
|16.||Vitaly Petrov||Renault R31||+ 4.148||15|
|17.||Bruno Senna||Renault R31||+ 4.422||14|
|18.||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6||+ 4.466||17|
|19.||Heikki Kovalainen||Lotus Renault T128||+ 6.429||17|
|20.||Jérôme d’Ambrosio||Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02||+ 6.616||19|
|21.||Daniel Ricciardo||HRT F1 Cosworth F111||+ 7.647||17|
|22.||Jarno Trulli||Lotus Renault T128||+ 7.742||18|
|23.||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02||+ 7.748||16|
|24.||Vitantonio Liuzzi||HRT F1 Cosworth F111||+ 9.122||17|
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