Vettel quickest in final practice

Vettel topped the times in final practice

Vettel topped the times in final practice

Sebastian Vettel is eyeing pole position for the Turkish Grand Prix after finishing fastest in the final practice session.

Nico Rosberg pipped Lewis Hamilton to third place after the McLaren driver suffered a lurid spin at turn eight early in the session.

The session began badly for Mark Webber who lost throttle response and had to drive a very slow lap back to the pits with the engine idling – just as Karun Chandhok did yesterday.

Heikki Kovalainen was also in trouble, suffering more gearbox problems in the Lotus. And Adrian Sutil managed just one lap before pulling into the pits where his session ended.

Turn eight, which claimed several drivers yesterday, was the scene of drama again. Hamilton got a little too high on the kerb halfway around the corner and his McLaren snapped out of control.

The car stopped short of the barriers in a gravel trap with badly damaged tyres. Hamilton managed to drag the car out of the bed, around the rest of the lap and back into the pits. This was crucial, as it allowed him to get back out again before the end of the session.

Webber also managed to get back on track after his problems and took up second place a few hundredths of a second behind team mate Sebastian Vettel.

But turn eight claimed both the Red Bulls during the session as well – each driver ran wide there during their final effort on soft tyres.

Vettel finally put together a clean run to set the fastest time with a 1’27.086, setting the quickest time in both sectors.

Rosberg edged Hamilton for second by less than four hundredths of a second, suggesting a close battle in the upcoming qualifying session.

Practice three times

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’27.086 18
2 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.359 0.273 16
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.396 0.31 14
4 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’27.553 0.467 15
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’27.784 0.698 20
6 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’27.861 0.775 18
7 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’27.879 0.793 16
8 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.963 0.877 17
9 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’27.969 0.883 20
10 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’28.344 1.258 18
11 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.610 1.524 22
12 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.652 1.566 21
13 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.734 1.648 21
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.036 1.95 20
15 10 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’29.044 1.958 18
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’29.211 2.125 15
17 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’29.305 2.219 14
18 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’30.618 3.532 19
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’30.884 3.798 22
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.341 4.255 21
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’32.180 5.094 16
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’32.320 5.234 22
23 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’32.762 5.676 19
24 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’29.867 1’28.590 1’27.086 75
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’29.855 1’28.914 1’27.359 63
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.653 1’28.672 1’27.396 66
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’30.097 1’28.378 1’27.553 65
5 Robert Kubica Renault 1’30.061 1’29.225 1’27.784 77
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’30.294 1’28.725 1’27.861 68
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’29.750 1’28.974 1’27.879 62
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’29.615 1’28.280 1’27.963 68
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’30.867 1’29.620 1’27.969 68
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’30.065 1’29.501 1’28.344 78
11 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’31.011 1’30.386 1’28.610 78
12 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’31.238 1’30.176 1’28.652 73
13 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’31.735 1’30.933 1’28.734 85
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’30.615 1’30.053 1’29.036 74
15 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’31.355 1’29.987 1’29.044 58
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’30.853 1’30.627 1’29.211 64
17 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’31.464 1’30.766 1’29.305 65
18 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’30.501 1’29.629 34
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’32.990 1’33.081 1’30.618 53
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’32.161 1’31.610 1’30.884 83
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.583 1’33.312 1’31.341 65
22 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.137 1’33.013 1’32.180 65
23 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’33.420 1’32.320 57
24 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’34.876 1’33.740 1’32.762 57
25 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’36.137 26

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6 comments on Vettel quickest in final practice

  1. glue said on 29th May 2010, 10:32

    Saubers seem to be going well

  2. Dr. Gonzo said on 29th May 2010, 10:43

    “Rosberg edged Hamilton for second by one thousandths of a second”

    37 actually, but still very tight!

    • Red Bull is running the f-duct today?

      • Dr. Gonzo said on 29th May 2010, 10:56

        No, and they won’t tomorrow either.

        Speed trap:
        1 1 Jenson Button 11:57:17 314.3
        2 2 Lewis Hamilton 11:26:20 313.1
        3 17 Jaime Alguersuari 11:22:38 311.9
        4 8 Fernando Alonso 11:41:58 311.8
        5 7 Felipe Massa 11:28:18 311.6
        6 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi 11:33:48 310.7
        7 5 Sebastian Vettel 11:43:08 310.3
        8 16 Sebastien Buemi 11:27:12 309.4
        9 23 Kamui Kobayashi 11:24:33 309.1
        10 11 Robert Kubica 11:43:54 308.9
        11 6 Mark Webber 11:42:33 308.0

  3. haha said on 29th May 2010, 11:01

    A lot to come judging from the speed traps.

  4. Only if the can pick up the .300 difference in turn 8 that Red Bull currently maintain! I would be quite surprised if tomorrow is anything but an RB front row. I would also be surprised if anyone is within .100 of RB’s qualifying time.

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