Mark Webber has broken Fernando Alonso’s dominance of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend by topping the timesheets in the third and final practice session in the lead up to qualifying for this weekend’s 44-lap race.

The final opportunity for the drivers to get their car set-up right occurred in mixed weather conditions similar tow both of Friday’s sessions. The track conditions started Mark Webber could be favourite to take pole position after heading the timesheets in the final practice damp and steadily improved through the middle of the hour, until a torrential downpour hit the circuit in the last fifteen minutes.

Several drivers took a turn at the top of the order while the track dried out, with the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Sutil, Nico Hülkenberg, Robert Kubica and Lewis Hamilton all having a turn at the top of the timesheets.

Conditions were probably at their best when Webber’s best time of 1:46.106 was posted, while it went pear-shaped for his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, whose car got stuck in gear at the pit lane entry. The team seemed to repair the issue – later claimed to be an issue with the air box – but did not send their driver out for further running.

Despite this, Vettel was still good enough for third-quickest overall, being sandwiched by the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, who was followed by Robert Kubica and the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.


2010 Belgian GP Practice 3 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Renault 1:46.106 10
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes + 0.117 17
3. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault + 0.290 12
4. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes + 0.291 17
5. Robert Kubica POL Renault + 0.386 17
6. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari + 0.521 11
7. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari + 0.856 10
8. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes + 0.958 15
9. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Williams Cosworth + 1.054 16
10. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari + 1.190 17
11. Pedro de la Rosa ESP Sauber Ferrari + 1.282 15
12. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault + 1.300 15
13. Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams Cosworth + 1.406 14
14. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP + 1.589 16
15. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP + 1.731 9
16. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari + 1.799 20
17. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari + 1.875 18
18. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA Force India Mercedes + 2.586 8
19. Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus Cosworth + 4.494 14
20. Bruno Senna BRA HRT Cosworth + 5.027 9
21. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus Cosworth + 5.278 14
22. Lucas di Grassi BRA Virgin Racing Cosworth + 5.411 13
23. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth + 5.563 10
24. Sakon Yamamoto JPN HRT Cosworth + 5.895 13

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