Webber fastest at home in final practice

Mark Webber was fastest at Melbourne ahead of qualifying

Mark Webber was fastest at Melbourne ahead of qualifying

Mark Webber set the fastest time in final practice in front of his home crowd ahead of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver was two tenths of a second quicker than round one winner Fernando Alonso around the Melbourne circuit.

The track was busy more or less throughout the final sector and several drivers complained that getting a clear lap in was difficult. Expect more of the same during qualifying.

Sebastien Buemi was among those held up, almost running into the back of Pedro de la Rosa’s Sauber at turn 15.

Both HRTs hit trouble during the session with first Bruno Senna then Karun Chandhok stopping.

Michael Schumacher continued to demonstrate his improved form with the third fastest time ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg. The McLaren duo were sixth and seventh.

Position Car number Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’24.719 16
2 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’24.929 0.21 19
3 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’24.963 0.244 17
4 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’25.122 0.403 19
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’25.366 0.647 16
6 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.399 0.68 20
7 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.505 0.786 14
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’25.525 0.806 18
9 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’25.549 0.83 20
10 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’25.782 1.063 19
11 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’25.852 1.133 17
12 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.104 1.385 21
13 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’26.184 1.465 21
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.275 1.556 21
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.368 1.649 17
16 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’26.661 1.942 19
17 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’26.804 2.085 19
18 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.818 2.099 18
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’29.539 4.82 19
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’29.800 5.081 16
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’30.800 6.081 18
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.114 6.395 12
23 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’34.334 9.615 11
24 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’36.649 11.93 8

Australian Grand Prix free practice summary

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 88.683 86.248 84.719 60
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 87.747 89.025 84.929 60
3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 88.55 86.511 84.963 52
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 87.686 89.134 85.122 61
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 87.126 86.956 85.366 56
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 87.482 86.076 85.399 58
7 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 87.793 85.801 85.505 49
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 86.834 85.525 40
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari 87.511 89.591 85.549 59
10 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 88.192 86.835 85.782 54
11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 89.712 86.904 85.852 60
12 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 88.014 86.832 86.104 71
13 Robert Kubica Renault 86.927 87.108 86.184 71
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 91.588 87.455 86.275 49
15 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 88.572 90.51 86.368 81
16 Vitaly Petrov Renault 88.114 86.732 86.661 63
17 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 90.249 87.545 86.804 70
18 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 89.465 87.108 86.818 56
19 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 88.537 25
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 91.654 89.86 89.539 60
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 91.652 90.695 89.8 46
22 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 92.831 90.8 45
23 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 94.925 92.117 91.114 29
24 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 93.401 96.649 32
25 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 94.251 94.334 31

2010 Australian Grand Prix

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28 comments on Webber fastest at home in final practice

  1. yelrom said on 27th March 2010, 4:29

    Go Webber! Very quick there, let’s wait and see in qualifying..

  2. anthony said on 27th March 2010, 4:30

    massa sand baging,,,,,i hope

    • Mike said on 27th March 2010, 5:35

      I would like Massa to do well, But I suspect Alonso will beat him when it counts, which is somewhat to my chagrin.
      Alonso is a strong driver, and I think being in Ferrari, His motivation will have been given, a boost, and therefor will be consistent as well as fast.

      F1Fan, This is how you push you ideas.

  3. Mike said on 27th March 2010, 4:34

    Great session, really just great, and I’m not sure what you guys here, but the Australian commentators are really getting better, if they keep it up, I might not complain if they were to replace the British…. still I’d miss Brundle…

    I saw an interview with Haug and he said something along the lines of “they made a mistake, it shouldn’t happen but it did, I have no problem with it” and that was regarding the Virgin chassis problem.

    I really hope the Mercedes is on the pace (even though it would destroy my predictions) If Webber wins I think his reaction would be good to see.

    • Mike said on 27th March 2010, 4:36

      I can’t spell…. here>hear

      oh my qually should be good….
      I love this gp ^^

    • Ben said on 27th March 2010, 4:53

      hahahahhahaha

      HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHA

      Sure having Craig Baird and Beattie are an improvement over McConville, but Greg Rust is literally painful to listen to!

      He knows nothing, gets excited at really odd things and at odd times, and is just irritating to listen to.

      If they ever replace the BBC commentary with Greg Rust, I will simply stop watching. Done. Gone. They did it at a few races a couple of years ago and it just showed how much superior the British team (ITV at the time, BBC now) are at F1 commentary.

      • Ben said on 27th March 2010, 4:55

        actually I like Craig Baird a lot, he was excellent during the Le Mans coverage last year and I made the comment to my mate at the time that they should replace McConville with Baird. Glad Ten/One saw it that way too.

        But as a commentary team, they don’t compare.

      • Mike said on 27th March 2010, 5:41

        Rust is, I agree a weak link, but too his credit it looks as though he’s the one who keeps the show moving ^^

        The other 2 go really well together, Maybe I over reacted, but Legard isn’t getting any better. and I think he is every bit a numpty of Rust.

        and get rid of that silly woman interviewing those silly celebrities….
        Maybe it’s not her fault, but the celebrities annoy me,
        biggest loser speaks for itself….

        and that is contentious…. -,-

        • MPJ1994 said on 27th March 2010, 8:28

          I couldnt agree more about the QANTAS club. They’re interviewing the stupidest of people.

          One women was saying how she didnt like the noise of the cars and she couldnt even name one driver apart from Webber. What are you doing at the Grand Prix if you dont like the noise???

          I can understand why they cross there because they need to fill in the TV schedual but at least interview some slightly interesting people.

          And I agree with your comments about Craig Baird. Massive improvement compared to Cam McConville. Darryl Beattie has also improved this year an hes stopped comparing F1 to MotoGP which he did alot last year. Rust is definately the week link in the commentary team.

          • Mike said on 27th March 2010, 13:09

            Why couldn’t they get Keith to discuss things instead? I mean, that would be quite a bit more interesting would it not?

  4. Andromeda said on 27th March 2010, 4:35

    This is Webbers race to lose Im sure Vettel hasnt forgotten that he got beat by Webber on his home track. This race is definitely going to be good

  5. Giuseppe said on 27th March 2010, 4:35

    Practice 3 was worth waking up at 3am to watch

  6. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 27th March 2010, 4:39

    It’s great to see how with the extra cars on a more normal-length track the drivers really have to work hard to pass traffic and get space for a clean lap. Qualifying is going to be fun (and just think what Monaco will be like!)

  7. yelrom said on 27th March 2010, 4:47

    Has an Aussie ever won there home Grand Prix?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 27th March 2010, 4:52

      No, never. There wasn’t one on the calendar in Brabham’s day, and I think Jones only started it twice when he was right at the end of his career in the Haas-Lola.

      • MPJ1994 said on 27th March 2010, 9:05

        Aussies have wone the Australian GP, but not since it has become a part of the world championship. During the telecast today, they said that Jones won it in 1980 if I remember correctly.

  8. yelrom said on 27th March 2010, 4:54

    Imagine Webber’s reaction if he did win..

  9. Interesting to see Massa in between the two Force Indias

  10. Varun said on 27th March 2010, 5:00

    Talking of Force India….. they seem to be really doing well and sticking well in the top 10 as they had desired.

    Secondly, they are just under 1 second of Webber’s time which is a great achievement.

  11. kowalsky said on 27th March 2010, 5:31

    don’t forget hamilton, he always comes back in quali.

  12. Mike said on 27th March 2010, 5:56

    Just heard some really interesting news, apparently that French group that supplies the FIA’s weather data thinks it’s will start to ran in Q3.

    Yay ^^

  13. Magnificent pal. Its excellent and such an amazing factor. I would add this to my rss feed

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