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 off 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:
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