Mark Webber leads in final practice

2011 Singapore GP third practice

Mark Webber topped the times at the end of third practice. He was quickest by two hundredths of a second, ahead of Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel.

Both McLaren drivers went into the final session with new rear wings. Jenson Button was fastest during the first half of the session ?ǣ half a second ahead of Fernando Alonso, who was closely followed by Mark Webber.

Sebastian Vettel managed a 1?47.737 for first on his fifth lap. He promptly improved that by four-tenths of a second.

Michael Schumacher set a 1’47.837 for second on super softs on his ninth lap. His teammate was at one point more than three seconds slower ?ǣ with the floor of his Mercedes dragging on the way to Memorial corner, sending up a lot of sparks ?ǣ but managed second on a new set of super softs, eight-tenths off the pace and six-thousandths faster than Schumacher with just 10 minutes of the session to go.

Fernando Alonso was the first to set a time in the 1?46s on his first run on new super softs, but his time was promptly bettered by Jenson Button who managed a 1?46.108.

Mark Webber then managed a 1?46.081 to go top. It looked as if his teammate might better this on the last lap but Vettel decided to abort his last run and Webber ended the session in the lead.

Lewis Hamilton struggled, spending most of the session in 18th and eight seconds off the pace. He managed fifth on his first lap on new super softs and stayed fifth.

Both Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov struggled down in 17th and 16th for Renault. They had expected a tough time at this track.

Lotus made a number of changes to both cars from yesterday, including the ride heights, front wing, camber and anti-roll bars. These adjustments will stay for qualifying and the race. They ended the session 19th and 22nd.

The two slowest drivers during most of the session were the Toro Rossos, after Sebastien Buemi?s incident with the barrier at turn 21 and Jaime Alguersuari?s technical problems yesterday. They ended FP3 in 12th and 18th.

Several kerbs that had been removed between first and second practice yesterday have been restored and there was repeat of the problems that delayed FP1 by half an hour as kerbs were repaired at the exit of several corners.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’46.081 15
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’46.108 0.027 17
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’46.345 0.264 14
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’46.396 0.315 14
5 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’46.936 0.855 20
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’47.831 1.750 14
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’47.837 1.756 12
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’48.711 2.630 12
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’49.057 2.976 15
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’49.304 3.223 16
11 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’49.583 3.502 17
12 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’49.679 3.598 18
13 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’49.816 3.735 18
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’49.851 3.770 17
15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’50.189 4.108 15
16 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’50.229 4.148 15
17 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’50.523 4.442 14
18 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’50.547 4.466 17
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’52.510 6.429 17
20 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’52.697 6.616 19
21 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’53.728 7.647 17
22 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’53.823 7.742 18
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’53.829 7.748 16
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’55.203 9.122 17

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12 comments on Mark Webber leads in final practice

  1. It should be very interesting qualifying. I thought Alonso and Vettel would be two big gun but Webber and Button did very well. but Massa and Hamilton are disappointing. What’s wrong with them?

  2. Ben Curly (@ben-curly) said on 24th September 2011, 13:28

    I was hoping Lotus would be a bit faster with all new updates and changes, but they are still way behind. Small disappointment there.

  3. panache (@panache) said on 24th September 2011, 13:29

    Button’s lap was impressive and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish during qualifying.

    Hamilton seemed to damage his diffuser/floor pretty badly for the second time this weekend riding the kerbs hard on the exit of turn 7, tearing large parts from the underside of his car.

    Hopefully Mclaren have replacement parts and enough time to fix that for qualifying as presumably the damage will be costing him aero performance.

  4. mamenf1f (@mamenf1f) said on 24th September 2011, 13:30

    What happened to Lewis? Why was he so slow for so many lafs?

  5. I think my qualifying time guess of 1:44.5 may have been slightly over optimistic

  6. f199player (@f199player) said on 24th September 2011, 13:50

    Noticed that everyone from Ricciardo down are outside of the 107% time for this session (1:53.506) non qualifiers maybe?

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 24th September 2011, 15:15

    Ricciardo must have been really wringing the neck of that car!

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