Alonso fastest in final practice

Fernando Alonso is the fastest man in Bahrain ahead of qualifying

Fernando Alonso is the fastest man in Bahrain ahead of qualifying

A third different car headed the third practice session ahead of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso lapped the extended Bahrain circuit in 1’54.099 to head the times by almost three-tenths of a second.

Nico Rosberg, fastest in yesterday’s session, was second for Mercedes.

Felipe Massa was fastest for much of the session but his final effort was only good enough for sixth.

World champion Jenson Button was seventh for McLaren but team mate Lewis Hamilton could only manage 12th after ending his session early to have a brake change.

At the back of the grid Karun Chandhok failed to set a time and faced being unable to start qualifying.

Another of the new teams was in trouble – Timo Glock’s Virgin shed a wheel during the session and team mate Lucas di Grassi failed to set a time.

Position Car number Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’54.099 14
2 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’54.368 0.269 13
3 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’54.500 0.401 15
4 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’54.533 0.434 13
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’54.646 0.547 16
6 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’54.739 0.64 14
7 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’55.000 0.901 14
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’55.331 1.232 15
9 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’55.432 1.333 11
10 10 Nico H?Ô??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’55.461 1.362 13
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’55.521 1.422 13
12 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’55.860 1.761 8
13 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’56.063 1.964 14
14 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’56.259 2.160 15
15 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’56.295 2.196 17
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’56.504 2.405 16
17 23 Kamui Kobyashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’56.530 2.431 14
18 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’56.811 2.712 16
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’59.173 5.074 10
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’59.789 5.69 15
21 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 2’01.259 7.16 5
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 2’04.001 9.902 11
23 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 2
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth

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34 comments on Alonso fastest in final practice

  1. Victor said on 13th March 2010, 9:40

    I’d love someone not from the big four to end on pole. Kubica is the closest from the midfield pack, so that’s fine by me :P

  2. makrifayee said on 13th March 2010, 9:44

    still can’t figure out who is leading even after 3 practice sessons…boy’o’boy….Chewing away my thumbnails guessing who will come on top…

    • Damon said on 13th March 2010, 9:59

      There’s no doubt the Big Four are the fastest, with Ferrari most probably leading the pack.
      As Victor said in the opening comment – I think Kubica is the one to chase them.

  3. Ben said on 13th March 2010, 9:45

    Karun hasn’t even completed a lap (let alone a times lap) yet this weekend, as far as I can tell.

    Any ideas why this may be? Anyone heard anything from the track?

    • Ben said on 13th March 2010, 9:47

      *timed, not times

      sorry, been sitting in the sun at a track watching racing all day, kinda buggered.

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 13th March 2010, 9:47

      Hydraulics problem. It’s plagued him all weekend.

      • rampante said on 13th March 2010, 9:56

        Hydraulics can be put on a list of problems that must go on for at least 3 pages. Did anyone expect anything else from a team that has had more owners than it has completed laps?

    • adam23 said on 13th March 2010, 10:09

      According to autosport, the car couldnt find any gear, so he was unable to complete a lap in any practice session, and therefore is unable to take part in qualifying due to some rule.

  4. Robbie said on 13th March 2010, 9:45

    I hope McLaren do better than that in the actual qualifying. At least Red Bull were up to pace on this practice though. Still unpredictable.

    Poor Chandhok.

    • statix said on 13th March 2010, 9:51

      looks like macca is bit slowet than ferrari and merc. we’ll se in less than 1,5h.
      nice surprise from renault… looks like they are the best from the rest… or maybe its just kubica good perf.

  5. Dingle Dell said on 13th March 2010, 9:57

    Will Chandhok be able to race then? If not, this is pretty sad. He should be at least allowed to race and start from the pit lane or something.

    • SaloolaS said on 13th March 2010, 10:01

      He will not be allowed to race and that is completely fair. He can’t start the race without driving a single lap before that. That would be just stupid.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 13th March 2010, 10:07

      If he can start qualifying (which counts as a practice session under the rules) then he can start the race.

      • Damon said on 13th March 2010, 10:22

        Would just rolling out of the pits count as starting the qualifying? Or does he need a complete lap?

  6. Younger Hamilton said on 13th March 2010, 9:58

    The Two Mclarens are losing time in that second sector about a couple of tenths

  7. ILoveVettel said on 13th March 2010, 9:58

    Being an Indian, i feel very sorry for Chandak

  8. statix said on 13th March 2010, 9:59

    for chandhok race weekend is over.

  9. Karan said on 13th March 2010, 10:00

    He is unable to finish qualifying so does that mean he will start last on the grid?

    • SaloolaS said on 13th March 2010, 10:04

      He won’t be allowed to race – so there will only be 23 drivers on the grid on sunday (or maybe even less).

  10. In his best lap Rosberg was doing the best times in sector 1 and 2 and failed in sector 3. It’s very close, that 0.3 gap from Alonso it’s not realistic. Everything is going to change in Qualifying.

  11. I wonder what the race is going to be like. Might as well put GP2 cars in the same race, atleast those will be reliable.

  12. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 13th March 2010, 10:09

    So hers’s what I’m wondering heading into qualifying:

    Can Nico H├╝lkenberg keep up his Barrichello-beating form?

    Does Schumacher have some pace in hand or is Barrichello really ahead of him?

    How badly has this brake problem upset Hamilton?

    Assuming the top eight is occupied by Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Red Bull, who gets the other two places? Kubica and Liuzzi look like good bets.

    • damonsmedley said on 13th March 2010, 10:25

      “Does Schumacher have some pace in hand or is Barrichello really ahead of him?” Is that supposed to be Rosberg instead of Barrichello?

      On another note, HRT are edging closer to being within 107% of the fastest time anyway courtesy of Bruno Senna. But he still needs to improve by around one second. I hope they get it up to speed by around Spain! Come on HRT, we’re all behind you!

    • sumedh said on 13th March 2010, 10:46

      I think you mean Rosberg not Barrichello in the 3rd question.

      I think Schumacher is genuinely slower than Rosberg, atleast at the Baharin weekend. This is going to grab q lot of headlines though.

      But remember, Rosberg likes the Baharin track, he got the fastest lap here in his very first race.

      May be next weekend, Michael may be quicker, but for qualifying today, definitely Rosberg is beating Schumacher.

      For pole, I would say Alonso, Hamilton or Massa in order of increasing probability

  13. geo132 said on 13th March 2010, 10:19

    i feel sorry for HRT !
    And i think McLaren, who appeared like angels just couple of days ago with their statement about accepting new teams and “helping them” should put their leg down and help HRT with Chandhok’s car!
    Or was that just silly talking and PR bullshi*?

  14. i think Schumi is not gonna be going for strong qualifying, he will be focusing only on getting a strong car for the race… and making sure the tyres are in shape for a longer period…

    since it’s all too tight for HRT for this race, i’ll only judge them on next race onwards… i feel in F1 team need to be prepared with the basics of the car… there need to be a minimum performance expectations in terms of speed and reliability… and all this must be confirmed before the season begins… not at the 1st race…. in my opinion this spoils the show!!

    having said that, i hope they can sort this out and fight with the other new teams…

  15. Oliver said on 13th March 2010, 11:08

    I’m using my mobile phone at the moment so I have flash and graphics turned off most of the time so I can’t join the live session, but I cant help but say Hurray qualifying on the way finally.

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