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.
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:
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