Webber edges Hamilton in final practice

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The Red Bulls flew in final practice
The Red Bulls flew in final practice

Red Bull showed their hand ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix as both drivers finished in the top three in the final practice session.

Mark Webber beat Lewis Hamilton by 17 thousandths of a second, knocking the McLaren driver off the top spot in practice for the first time this weekend.

Sebastian Vettel backed him up in third place, the top three covered by a scant 45 thousandths of a second.

The McLaren drivers made early runs on the soft tyres in the final session as a rain shower passed by the circuit. The pair did another run on the option tyres later in the session but failed to improve – and Jenson Button was six tenths of a second off his team mate.

Rubens Barrichello showed some signs of improvement for Williams with the ninth fastest time.

It was a largely incident-free session although Heikki Kovalainen lost part of his Lotus’s front wing after running off the circuit.

Position Car number Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’33.542 17
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.559 0.017 14
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’33.587 0.045 17
4 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’33.751 0.209 19
5 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’33.992 0.45 15
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’34.090 0.548 13
7 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.113 0.571 16
8 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’34.174 0.632 15
9 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’34.540 0.998 13
10 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’34.549 1.007 17
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’34.623 1.081 11
12 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.673 1.131 19
13 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’34.882 1.34 13
14 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’34.957 1.415 16
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.026 1.484 16
16 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’35.076 1.534 17
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’35.477 1.935 18
18 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.404 2.862 19
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’37.299 3.757 15
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’37.369 3.827 16
21 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’38.161 4.619 18
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’38.783 5.241 13
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’39.868 6.326 19
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’39.895 6.353 16

Combined Malaysian Grand Prix practice results

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’35.479 1’38.786 1’33.542 52
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.921 1’34.175 1’33.559 60
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’36.043 1’34.441 1’33.587 64
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.969 1’35.581 1’33.751 73
5 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’35.225 1’34.674 1’33.992 59
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’35.106 1’34.443 1’34.090 62
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’35.207 1’34.538 1’34.113 65
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’36.451 1’36.602 1’34.174 67
9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’38.278 1’36.813 1’34.540 57
10 Robert Kubica Renault 1’35.402 1’35.148 1’34.549 73
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’35.955 1’35.957 1’34.623 63
12 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.100 1’35.660 1’34.673 78
13 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’37.802 1’37.415 1’34.882 59
14 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’36.221 1’34.957 50
15 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.645 1’36.325 1’35.026 73
16 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’36.712 1’35.872 1’35.076 46
17 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.899 1’36.325 1’35.477 75
18 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.503 1’36.018 1’36.404 85
19 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’36.891 25
20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’39.755 1’39.061 1’37.299 55
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’39.460 1’38.454 1’37.369 71
22 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’38.530 1’38.161 50
23 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’40.159 1’39.158 1’38.783 67
24 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’41.832 1’41.481 1’39.868 78
25 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’41.966 1’41.084 1’39.895 67
26 Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth 1’40.721 19

2010 Malaysian Grand Prix