Sebastian Vettel has staked his claim for pole position by going quickest in final practice at the Canadian Grand Prix

Fans should get set for the sight of Sebastian Vettel’s celebratory index finger, after the German clocked the fastest time in final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix. The two-time champion edged out fellow two-time F1 title-winner Fernando Alonso by just six-thousandths of a second.

It was again another closely-fought session, with just over a second covering the fastest sixteen runners of the session, which probably could have expended eighteen had Nico Rosberg and Jean-Éric Vergne been able to run for the entire session. The former was sidelined with a technical issue that confined him to the garage for the entire session, while the latter’s troubling weekend continued with a crash into the Turn 2 tyre wall.

Kimi Räikkönen also had some drama, earning himself a €2,500 fine from the FIA Stewards after making a late swerve into the pit lane during the session. The Finn finished the session ninth-fastest, half a second slower than Vettel’s best effort.

It looks set to be a fascinating qualifying session…


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

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:14.442   22
2. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:14.448 + 0.006 17
3. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:14.712 + 0.270 19
4. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:14.724 + 0.282 21
5. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW34 1:14.755 + 0.313 22
6. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:14.767 + 0.325 21
7. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:14.796 + 0.354 19
8. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:14.873 + 0.431 20
9. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:14.977 + 0.535 21
10. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:15.992 + 0.550 22
11. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:15.067 + 0.625 19
12. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C31 1:15.112 + 0.670 21
13. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C31 1:15.126 + 0.684 24
14. Bruno Senna BRA Williams Renault FW34 1:15.237 + 0.795 22
15. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:15.327 + 0.885 22
16. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:15.498 + 1.056 19
17. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham Renault CT01 1:16.268 + 1.826 24
18. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham Renault CT01 1:16.545 + 2.103 20
19. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:17.705 + 3.263 21
20. Timo Glock DEU Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:17.974 + 3.532 23
21. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:18.189 + 3.747 21
22. Charles Pic FRA Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:18.684 + 4.242 23
23. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 no time   3
24. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 no time   1

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.
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