Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Montreal, 2012

Vettel edges Alonso in final practice in Montreal

2012 Canadian Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Montreal, 2012Sebastian Vettel ended the final practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix with the fastest time.

But there was very little between him and Fernando Alonso – Vettel was just 0.006s faster than the Ferrari driver.

Lewis Hamilton, who was quickest in both sessions on Friday, ended the final hour of practice in third place.

Nico Rosberg’s session was over before he had completed a single lap. He told the team the car felt strange when he did his first practice start, and came to a halt at turn seven on his installation lap.

He wasn’t the only driver who failed to get a lap in. Jean-Eric Vergne ran onto the grass at the exit of turn one at the start of his first time lap and skidded into the barriers.

Jenson Button joined the track early, needing to make up time after technical problems limited his running on Friday.

Vettel led the running to begin with on soft tyres, before his best time was beaten by Alonso. Hamilton was not far behind the Ferrari driver on the track, and edged Alonso’s mark by 0.025s.

With a quarter of an hour to go Vettel found more time on the softs, beating Hamilton’s mark by a thousandth of a second.

Alonso was the first of the three onto the super-soft tyres and went fastest with a 1’14.448 on his first effort.

Vettel edged his time by six-thousandths of a second with his best effort, aided by a tow from Schuamcher’s Mercedes. Hamilton also took to the track on super-soft tyres but did not improve his time.

Mark Webber was fourth-fastest ahead of Pastor Maldonado, Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher.

Romain Grosjean led the Lotus pair with Kimi Raikkonen under investigation for cutting across the final corner on his way into the pits.

Nico Hulkenberg completed the top ten for Force India. Team mate Paul di Resta was 11th, and unhappy at being held up by Button. The McLaren driver ended the session 15th.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’14.442 22
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’14.448 0.006 17
3 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’14.712 0.270 22
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’14.724 0.282 21
5 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’14.755 0.313 22
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’14.767 0.325 21
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’14.796 0.354 19
8 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’14.873 0.431 20
9 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’14.977 0.535 21
10 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’14.992 0.550 22
11 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’15.067 0.625 19
12 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’15.112 0.670 21
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’15.126 0.684 24
14 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’15.237 0.795 22
15 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.327 0.885 19
16 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’15.498 1.056 19
17 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’16.268 1.826 24
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’16.545 2.103 20
19 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’17.705 3.263 21
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’17.974 3.532 23
23 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari No time
24 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes No time

Complete session times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’15.682 1’15.531 1’14.442 -1.089 95
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’15.842 1’15.313 1’14.448 -0.865 87
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.564 1’15.259 1’14.712 -0.547 95
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’15.897 1’15.907 1’14.724 -1.173 90
5 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’16.859 1’15.987 1’14.755 -1.232 87
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’16.619 1’15.410 1’14.767 -0.643 77
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’16.264 1’15.697 1’14.796 -0.901 79
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’16.890 1’16.360 1’14.873 -1.487 85
9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’17.014 1’16.562 1’14.977 -1.585 96
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’15.986 1’15.799 1’14.992 -0.807 90
11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’16.460 1’15.544 1’15.067 -0.477 83
12 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.249 1’15.898 1’15.112 -0.786 91
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.000 1’15.651 1’15.126 -0.525 92
14 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’18.762 1’17.022 1’15.237 -1.785 80
15 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.347 1’15.812 1’15.327 -0.485 45
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.580 1’17.716 1’15.498 -2.082 84
17 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’15.782 1’15.878
18 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’17.935 1’17.075 1’16.268 -0.807 88
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’18.177 1’16.981 1’16.545 -0.436 60
20 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.352 1’17.124
21 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’18.182 1’18.908 1’17.705 -0.477 74
22 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’20.004 1’19.084 1’17.974 -1.11 84
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’19.354 1’19.378 1’18.189 -1.165 65
24 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’20.087 1’19.902 1’18.684 -1.218 64

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