A sure-footed Mark Webber has emerged on top of the timesheets in a shortened final practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix.

And with more rain set to hit the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve this afternoon, the odds of Red Bull Racing springing a surprise in qualifying have dramatically shortened.

First thing’s first, and the field had to navigate its way through a frantic final practice, which was delayed and ultimately reduced to thirty minutes while marshals were held up repairing a dislodged crash barrier section at Turn 11.

With a damp track surface again greeting the field, many of the runners opted for some short runs on intermediate tyres, while a few of the major players held out until the final minutes of play, at which point the circuit was dry enough for some last-minute slick-tyre running.

Webber ultimately prevailed in this last-minute dash on Super Soft rubber, posting easily the session’s best effort on his final lap to go atop the timesheets.

The impressive Adrian Sutil vaulted himself to second-quickest in his Force India, ahead of works Mercedes runner Lewis Hamilton, who was just under half a second behind in third place.

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel completed the top-five positions, ahead of Monaco winner Nico Rosberg, who is aiming for his fourth pole position on the trot this afternoon.

After his Friday afternoon dramas, Paul di Resta was seventh-quickest in the second Force India, leaving Felipe Massa, Jenson Button and Kimi Räikkönen to orund out the top-ten.

The order further down the timesheets was rather more mixed up, as a combination of incorrect dry-weather tyre selection and traffic conspired to bury a few rather more fancied runners down the order. The likes of Sergio Pérez and Valtteri Bottas suffered in this regard, allowing F1 rookie Max Chilton into the giddy heights of fourteenth-fastest in his Marussia – the Englishman impressively finished ahead of both Saubers as well.

2013 Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 3 Session Times:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:17.895   7
2. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:18.248 + 0.353 8
3. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:18.732 + 0.837 7
4. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:18.977 + 1.082 10
5. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:19.131 + 1.236 6
6. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:19.457 + 1.562 7
7. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:19.496 + 1.601 6
8. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:19.750 + 1.855 9
9. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:19.790 + 1.895 9
10. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:20.316 + 2.421 8
11. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:20.596 + 2.701 9
12. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW35 1:21.035 + 3.140 12
13. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:21.364 + 3.469 7
14. Max Chilton GBR Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:21.652 + 3.757 9
15. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Sauber Ferrari C32 1:22.021 + 4.126 14
16. Esteban Gutiérrez MEX Sauber Ferrari C32 1:22.720 + 4.825 15
17. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:23.058 + 5.163 7
18. Giedo van der Garde NED Caterham Renault CT03 1:23.132 + 5.237 14
19. Sergio Pérez MEX McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:23.309 + 5.414 6
20. Charles Pic FRA Caterham Renault CT03 1:23.620 + 5.725 12
21. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams Renault FW35 1:24.314 + 6.419 12
22. Jules Bianchi FRA Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:26.195 + 8.300 9

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