Hamilton leads the way in final practice

Lewis Hamilton was fastest ahead of qualifying

Lewis Hamilton was fastest ahead of qualifying

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend so far in the final practice session ahead of qualifying.

Overnight rain mean the track conditions were once again low-grip and slippery.

Very few cars went out to begin with – just five drivers setting times in the first 25 minutes. But by the halfway point of the session most of the cars were on track and lap times began to fall very quickly.

The McLarens led the way, with Hamilton and Jenson Button exchanging fastest times. Hamilton eventually cemented his superiority with a 1’16.259, four-tenths quicker than his team mate.

A second lull followed as the drivers prepared for final efforts on the super-soft tyres. With 23 cars on-track at once, several hit traffic and struggled to improve.

Others hit something more solid – Montreal’s unforgiving walls. Felipe Massa clipped one, a great flash of sparks flying up from the front of his Ferrari as he touched the concrete at turn seven.

Hamilton also brushed the barriers at turn four on his final effort – but not before he’d improved his best time by two tenths of a second. Pedro de la Rosa also had a near miss at the corner late in the session.

Further improvements were prevented by Lucas di Grassi, who lost his Virgin under braking for L’Epingle, coming to a rest in the gravel trap. He had earlier set the fastest time through the speed trap, the VR-01 hitting 324kph, most likely thanks to getting a tow from a rival.

Nico Rosberg did little running as his Mercedes was hit by a clutch problem. And Karun Chandhok missed most of the session as his HRT failed on the way out of the pits as practice began.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.058 15
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’16.340 0.282 16
3 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.495 0.437 19
4 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’16.536 0.478 15
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’16.582 0.524 16
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’16.653 0.595 18
7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’16.673 0.615 15
8 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.699 0.641 16
9 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’16.814 0.756 15
10 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’16.982 0.924 18
11 10 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’17.121 1.063 16
12 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’17.231 1.173 16
13 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.331 1.273 22
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.548 1.49 20
15 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.609 1.551 16
16 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.633 1.575 21
17 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’17.789 1.731 18
18 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’17.979 1.921 4
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’19.013 2.955 15
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’19.447 3.389 16
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.536 3.478 22
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.844 3.786 20
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’20.325 4.267 18
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth No time 1
Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’18.352 1’17.522 1’16.058 63
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’19.609 1’17.273 1’16.340 75
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’18.726 1’16.963 1’16.495 75
4 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’18.285 1’17.688 1’16.536 68
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’18.549 1’16.877 1’16.582 75
6 Robert Kubica Renault 1’18.662 1’17.529 1’16.653 73
7 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’19.373 1’17.415 1’16.673 55
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’18.127 1’17.961 1’16.699 72
9 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’19.097 1’17.903 1’16.814 75
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’19.549 1’18.582 1’16.982 82
11 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’19.282 1’18.447 1’17.121 88
12 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’18.356 1’17.151 1’17.979 61
13 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’19.511 1’17.401 1’17.231 70
14 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’20.823 1’19.274 1’17.331 91
15 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.186 1’19.142 1’17.548 91
16 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.584 1’18.658 1’17.609 71
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’20.320 1’19.168 1’17.633 80
18 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’19.313 1’18.385 1’17.789 64
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’22.543 1’21.346 1’19.013 38
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’21.869 1’19.969 1’19.447 75
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’22.713 1’21.488 1’19.536 67
22 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’21.577 1’19.844 54
23 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’22.701 1’21.097 1’20.325 77
24 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’21.977 1’20.879 57

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5 comments on Hamilton leads the way in final practice

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th June 2010, 16:17

    Lotus is closer to the fastest time, but both STR guys have improved a lot and Trulli is now 1.2 sec. behind the slowest experienced team car (leaving Rosberg out as he did only 4 laps).

    Virgin also got closer today, seems like they have found a way to go with the setup after struggling yesterday.

  2. johnno said on 12th June 2010, 16:41

    Does anyone have any interesting info on the renault front and rear wings? They look very curved and abnormal and look like they’re running much thinner than the other teams (hence string straight line speed?)

  3. macahan said on 12th June 2010, 16:48

    Bah. Oversleept this morning. On top of everything thought had until Quali to give our predictions so missed that to. Normally I do my predictions after FP2 since FP3 is in middle of the night and Quali happens at 7am. Ohh well.. Interesting to see very mixed up front. Top 6 got 5 different teams only Red Bull managed to be the one team with their two drivers in top 6. Will Mark or Vettel be able to get one of those super qualifying laps they become known to pull of this year or will we finally see another team on pole? Ham or Alo looks good for pole but Webber seems very fast to. STR jumped forward nicely. Hulkeberg might manage for first time out qualify his team mate this season.
    Ros seemed to struggle today after being faster then his team mate yesterday.
    This quali is going to be very interesting..

    • Timi said on 12th June 2010, 17:04

      actually it’s not that rosberg struggled today.. his car had clutch problems, hence why he only completed 4 laps in FP3

  4. DaveW said on 12th June 2010, 18:15

    Well, well. Look at the speed traps. Hamilton back down again from P3 into midpack speeds, and back on top of the timesheets. Relative to RBR, only losing a couple tenths in S1, even in S2, and making it back in S3. I think VMM is a bit caught out that they can’t keep up woth RBR in the slow bits here and thus cannot apply the F-duct fully. Nonetheless, they remain very competitive.

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