Webber quickest as rain falls again

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Spa-Francorchamps, 2010

The F1 teams had a precious 45 minutes’ dry running in final practice today before the rain returned to the Belgian track.

Mark Webber had the fastest time at the moment the rain began to fall, just a tenth of a second faster than Lewis Hamilton.

But Webber’s team mate Sebastian Vettel had another reliability scare when his car came to a halt in the pit lane.

Vettel was able to get back on to the track later on but not before the rain had hit. Nevertheless he was thirds fastest ahead of Jenson Button.

Fernando Alonso, who was fastest in both of yesterday’s sessions, ended final practice sixth behind Robert Kubica’s Renault. Ferrari, unlike several of the other teams, chose not to send their cars out at the end of the session when the track was wet.

Alonso had a run-in Jarno Trulli at Blanchimont during the session, the Lotus driver waving his fist at Alonso after being held up by his former team mate. Having demonstrated his displeasure Trulli then ran wide at the next corner.

The two Mercedes languished in 14th and 15th. If Michael Schumacher fails to qualify higher than that this afternoon his ten-place grid penalty will relegate him to last place.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’46.106 10
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’46.223 0.117 17
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’46.396 0.290 12
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’46.397 0.291 17
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’46.492 0.386 17
6 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’46.627 0.521 11
7 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’46.962 0.856 10
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’47.064 0.958 15
9 10 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’47.160 1.054 16
10 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’47.296 1.190 17
11 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’47.388 1.282 15
12 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’47.406 1.300 15
13 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’47.512 1.406 14
14 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’47.695 1.589 16
15 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’47.837 1.731 9
16 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’47.905 1.799 20
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’47.981 1.875 18
18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’48.692 2.586 8
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’50.600 4.494 14
20 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’51.133 5.027 9
21 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’51.384 5.278 14
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’51.517 5.411 13
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’51.669 5.563 10
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’52.001 5.895 13

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 2’02.926 1’51.636 1’46.106 40
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 2’01.567 1’49.248 1’46.223 38
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2’02.450 1’49.689 1’46.396 42
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2’02.913 1’49.755 1’46.397 43
5 Robert Kubica Renault 2’02.081 1’49.282 1’46.492 51
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2’00.797 1’49.032 1’46.627 53
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2’03.601 1’49.588 1’46.962 50
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 2’02.646 1’49.157 1’47.064 46
9 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 2’03.649 1’50.831 1’47.160 53
10 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 2’03.401 1’50.200 1’47.296 58
11 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 2’03.851 1’50.081 1’47.388 59
12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 2’04.690 1’50.251 1’47.406 54
13 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 2’03.424 1’50.128 1’47.512 43
14 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 2’03.489 1’50.341 1’47.695 48
15 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2’03.654 1’50.382 1’47.837 36
16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’05.680 1’51.523 1’47.905 51
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’04.250 1’50.682 1’47.981 59
18 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 2’04.145 1’51.520 1’48.692 37
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 2’07.189 1’53.639 1’50.600 50
20 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 2’07.737 1’55.751 1’51.133 46
21 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 2’07.955 1’53.480 1’51.384 44
22 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 2’06.695 1’54.325 1’51.517 44
23 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 2’05.697 2’03.179 1’51.669 31
24 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 2’10.507 1’56.039 1’52.001 52

Final practice ultimate laps

An ultimate lap is a drivers’ best sector times combined:

Pos. Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’45.893 0.330
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’45.940 0.047 0.166
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’46.200 0.307 0.196
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’46.397 0.504 0.000
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’46.466 0.573 0.026
6 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’46.511 0.618 0.116
7 10 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’46.732 0.839 0.428
8 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’46.829 0.936 0.133
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’46.855 0.962 0.209
10 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’46.858 0.965 0.438
11 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’47.192 1.299 0.196
12 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’47.379 1.486 0.027
13 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’47.492 1.599 0.020
14 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’47.618 1.725 0.219
15 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’47.691 1.798 0.004
16 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’47.760 1.867 0.145
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’47.832 1.939 0.149
18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’48.569 2.676 0.123
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’50.368 4.475 0.232
20 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’51.034 5.141 0.099
21 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’51.112 5.219 0.272
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’51.298 5.405 0.371
23 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’51.517 5.624 0.000
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’51.758 5.865 0.243

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15 comments on Webber quickest as rain falls again

  1. matty55 said on 28th August 2010, 11:05

    Well done Senna!!! Hopefully he can repeat that in qualifying

  2. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 28th August 2010, 11:07

    McLaren better than perhaps expected, if Hamilton can get a 2nd or 3rd on the grid he’s looking pretty strong for the race tomorrow. Expect Alonso to be in there too.

    • xtophe (@xtophe) said on 28th August 2010, 11:24

      How are they better than expected? Their strong points should enable them to dominate this race together with Ferrari. Anything but victory in Spa and Monza is a demise. It’s the same thing for Red Bull on tracks like Catalunya, Silverstone or Hungary.

      • Hamish said on 28th August 2010, 11:35

        Agreed. Going on the characteristics of the cars McLaren should be up front.

        • sato113 said on 28th August 2010, 11:39

          but they won’t be. i’m thinking another red bull 1-2.

          • Hamish said on 28th August 2010, 11:48

            My money is on a Red Bull 1-2, but McLaren being 2nd and 4th (thats still up front) I don’t think is being better than expected. Lots of long straights, so its a good chance for McLaren to be somewhat closer to Red Bull, and even compete with Red Bull.

      • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 28th August 2010, 12:46

        When you have the 3rd best aero package and you come to Spa and its middle sector, expect to struggle. The F-Duct is a saving grace, not a magic carpet.

        Nice try, though.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th August 2010, 11:43

      In a dry qualifying session I’d still expect Red Bull to lock out the front row here. But if these showers hit it’s much harder to say what will happen.

  3. bosyber said on 28th August 2010, 11:12

    I really hope for Mercedes that they can do better than that – it does show that they were right to focus on 2011 already I guess. Schumacher will be dead last this way at the start.

    And indeed Well done Senna. Petrov again about a second behind Kubica – a bit disappointing (not to mention Luizzi who had his car waiting in the garage while others did fast laps). What happened to Kovalainen to be so far behind Trulli?

  4. George said on 28th August 2010, 11:37

    Sutil and Kubica have been impressive all weekend, I wonder if one of them can nick a top 5 or higher.

  5. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 28th August 2010, 11:42

    Not looking good for Schumacher – if the grid was decided on FP3 times, he’d be starting twenty-fourth and last …

    • steph said on 28th August 2010, 12:12

      He’s meant to be going for a wet set up so maybe the gamble might pay off

      • BasCB said on 28th August 2010, 12:49

        Might get interesting for the race, i would love it if we had Schumi getting on the podium in the rain. That would show he’s still up to something.

  6. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 28th August 2010, 12:47

    Spain 1996 again? You never know.

  7. Spanishtone said on 28th August 2010, 14:20

    Good job Webber, Hamilton and Kubica. And good job we’re at Spa this weekend and not Valencia as we would have been if the calendar hadn’t been changed. I live in Valencia and we have been having a heatwave – 44 degrees in the circuit area yesterday although cooler today. That would have played havoc with the teams on their return from the summer break. Can’t wait for your live streaming tomorrow, Keith.

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