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Kubica heads wet final practice

Brazilian Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Robert Kubica was fastest in a wet final practice session ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Heavy rain fell ahead of practice but the track dried throughout the final hour.

Kubica took to the top of the times late in the session. Sebastian Vettel, who was fastest in both of yesterday’s practice sessions, headed the times until then.

Lewis Hamilton was third having tried a high downforce set-up on his McLaren in anticipation of more rain before qualifying.

The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were fourth and fifth having been fastest earlier on in the session.

Jenson Button seemed to struggle in the wet conditions as he did in Korea, and was heard on the radio complaining about his front tyres locking.

He finished ninth behind Vitaly Petrov, Sebastien Buemi and Nico Rosberg.

Championship contenders Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso kept their running to a minimum, each doing fewer than ten laps.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’19.191 16
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’19.500 0.309 17
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’19.536 0.345 19
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’19.735 0.544 9
5 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’19.791 0.600 9
6 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’19.887 0.696 22
7 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’20.009 0.818 24
8 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’20.056 0.865 13
9 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’20.164 0.973 24
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’20.320 1.129 13
11 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’20.337 1.146 6
12 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’20.421 1.230 18
13 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.452 1.261 22
14 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’20.535 1.344 12
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’20.541 1.350 27
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’20.546 1.355 20
17 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’20.613 1.422 20
18 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.985 1.794 25
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’22.326 3.135 18
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’22.449 3.258 28
21 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’22.874 3.683 20
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’23.194 4.003 22
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’23.358 4.167 20
24 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’23.650 4.459 19

Third practice ultimate laps

An ultimate lap is a driver’s best three sector times added together.

Pos. Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’19.172 0.364
2 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’19.191 0.019 0.000
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’19.364 0.192 0.136
4 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’19.731 0.559 0.060
5 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’19.735 0.563 0.000
6 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’19.836 0.664 0.173
7 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’19.844 0.672 0.043
8 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’19.953 0.781 0.211
9 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’19.974 0.802 0.082
10 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’20.115 0.943 0.306
11 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’20.277 1.105 0.000
12 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’20.292 1.120 0.028
13 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.320 1.148 0.132
14 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’20.337 1.165 0.000
15 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’20.350 1.178 0.196
16 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’20.415 1.243 0.198
17 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’20.535 1.363 0.000
18 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.914 1.742 0.071
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’22.035 2.863 0.291
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’22.207 3.035 0.242
21 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’22.619 3.447 0.255
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’23.034 3.862 0.160
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’23.147 3.975 0.211
24 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’23.274 4.102 0.376

Combined Brazil practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’12.328 1’11.968 1’19.500 68
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’12.810 1’12.072 1’20.337 68
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’14.246 1’12.328 1’19.791 65
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’12.845 1’12.656 1’19.536 76
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’14.395 1’12.677 1’19.735 54
6 Robert Kubica Renault 1’13.370 1’12.882 1’19.191 77
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’13.267 1’13.206 1’20.164 81
8 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’14.000 1’13.222 1’20.985 88
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’13.516 1’13.333 1’20.056 73
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’13.643 1’13.346 1’20.421 79
11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’13.546 1’13.520 1’20.320 76
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’14.004 1’13.610 1’20.452 86
13 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’14.155 1’13.725 1’20.535 80
14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’13.918 1’13.741 1’20.613 78
15 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’14.370 1’13.818 1’19.887 71
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’14.487 1’14.045 1’20.546 83
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’14.734 1’14.304 1’20.009 86
18 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’14.618 1’14.578 1’20.541 94
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’15.603 1’14.984 1’22.326 90
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’16.057 1’15.101 1’22.874 89
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’15.433 1’23.194 57
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’15.860 1’16.150 1’22.449 83
23 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’17.360 1’16.070 1’23.358 92
24 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’16.839 1’16.082 1’23.650 75
25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’16.707 28

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