Sebastian Vettel has delighted the home crowd and will be hoping to go just as well in Sebastian Vettelqualifying 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:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault 1:15.103 18
2. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari + 0.284 21
3. Mark Webber AU Red Bull Renault + 0.605 16
4. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari + 0.751 20
5. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP + 0.943 20
6. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes + 1.104 13
7. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP + 1.370 16
8. Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams Cosworth + 1.378 23
9. Robert Kubica POL Renault + 1.543 20
10. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Williams Cosworth + 1.640 17
11. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari + 1.779 19
12. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari + 1.887 21
13. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes + 1.934 15
14. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault + 2.045 20
15. Pedro de la Rosa ESP Sauber Ferrari + 2.117 19
16. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari + 2.238 21
17. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA_thumb[1] Force India Mercedes + 2.435 22
18. Heikki Kovalainen FIN_thumb[1] Lotus Cosworth + 4.090 11
19. Jarno Trulli ITA_thumb[1] Lotus Cosworth + 4.504 10
20. Bruno Senna BRA HRT Cosworth + 5.430 9
21. Sakon Yamamoto JPN HRT Cosworth + 6.435 14
22. Lucas di Grassi BRA Virgin Racing Cosworth + 8.341 10
23. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth + 8.770 7
24. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes no time 2

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