Despite this dramatic crash, Sergio Pérez finished inside the top ten

Silverstone’s torrential conditions finally abated ahead of today’s third and final practice session for the British Grand Prix, with championship leader Fernando Alonso going fastest in a busy morning’s running.

The Spaniard edged out local hero Jenson Button by just over a tenth of a second, in what was again a closely-fought session where the fastest fourteen runners were covered by just 1.3 seconds.

Romain Grosjean – fastest in yesterday’s morning session – was third quickest in his Lotus F1 entry, with the Frenchman hotly pursued by Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Pastor Maldonado, Sergio Pérez (despite causing damage to his front wing with a crash), Kamui Kobayashi and Nico Hülkenberg.

The rain is expected to return for this afternoon’s all-important qualifying session, which should prove a fascinating affair…


2012 British Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 3 Session Times:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:32.167   21
2. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:32.320 + 0.153 20
3. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:32.358 + 0.191 25
4. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:32.420 + 0.253 21
5. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:32.454 + 0.287 25
6. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:32.477 + 0.310 20
7. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW34 1:32.622 + 0.455 21
8. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C31 1:32.940 + 0.773 19
9. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C31 1:33.046 + 0.879 19
10. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:33.150 + 0.983 19
11. Bruno Senna BRA Williams Renault FW34 1:33.267 + 1.100 25
12. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:33.367 + 1.200 20
13. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:33.398 + 1.231 24
14. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:33.462 + 1.295 24
15. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:33.673 + 1.506 22
16. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:33.674 + 1.507 21
17. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:33.707 + 1.540 21
18. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:33.733 + 1.566 15
19. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham Renault CT01 1:34.298 + 2.131 18
20. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham Renault CT01 1:34.781 + 2.614 20
21. Timo Glock DEU Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:36.605 + 4.438 18
22. Charles Pic FRA Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:37.060 + 4.893 14
23. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:37.269 + 5.102 23
24. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:37.429 + 5.262 17

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