Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2012

Alonso quickest in dry final practice session

2012 Belgian Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso put Ferrari on top as Spa finally saw dry running in the final practice session. The Ferrari driver set a best lap of 1’48.542.

With much of yesterday’s running disrupted by heavy rain, the teams were eager to make the most of the final hour of dry practice. Within moment of the session beginning the track was busy, several drivers going straight onto runs without doing installation laps.

Bruno Senna led the running early on, followed by the two Marussia drivers as most of the team concentrated on high fuel runs. Mercedes suffered a setback when Nico Rosberg pulled over at Rivage with a technical problem.

The Ferrari drivers came to the fore, Alonso leading the way with a 1’50.690. The F2012s were usually the quickest cars through the speed traps.

Sergio Perez briefly appeared at the top of the times but it was the Red Bull drivers who were quickest as the final ten minutes of the session began. Mark Webber set a 1’49.164, Sebastian Vettel just over a tenth of a second slower.

As the final runs began on the softer medium tyres it was Perez who returned to the top, setting a 1’48.850, with team mate Kamui Kobayashi just 0.013s slower.

But Alonso comfortably beat Perez’s mark by over three tenths of a second. Kimi Raikkonen, who had complained about the balance of his Lotus earlier in the session, was second on a 1’48.683.

The improvements pushed Mark Webber down to seventh place and Sebastrian Vettel ninth.

The McLaren drivers were outside the top ten as the final runs began. Jenson Button moved up to fifth place but was over half a second off Alonso’s best, while Lewis Hamilton could only manage 12th.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’48.542 18
2 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’48.683 0.141 21
3 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’48.850 0.308 23
4 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’48.863 0.321 20
5 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’49.091 0.549 18
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’49.092 0.550 16
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’49.164 0.622 21
8 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’49.266 0.724 23
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’49.292 0.750 23
10 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’49.382 0.840 22
11 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’49.561 1.019 23
12 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’49.615 1.073 19
13 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’49.621 1.079 26
14 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’49.674 1.132 23
15 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’49.710 1.168 21
16 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’49.776 1.234 22
17 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’50.027 1.485 20
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’52.339 3.797 21
19 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’52.566 4.024 20
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’52.630 4.088 18
21 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’52.809 4.267 22
22 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’53.383 4.841 22
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’53.562 5.020 23
24 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’58.113 9.571 5

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2’40.749 2’50.497 1’48.542 -52.207 25
2 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 2’46.580 1’48.683 -57.897 30
3 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 2’13.861 3’12.901 1’48.850 -25.011 43
4 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 2’11.389 2’53.232 1’48.863 -22.526 44
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2’16.861 1’49.091 -27.77 28
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’49.092 20
7 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 2’13.191 1’49.164 -24.027 34
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 2’38.701 1’49.266 -49.435 32
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2’14.860 1’49.292 -25.568 38
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 2’15.812 2’51.333 1’49.382 -26.43 36
11 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 2’11.941 2’51.660 1’49.561 -22.38 41
12 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 2’16.827 1’49.615 -27.212 26
13 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 2’15.402 1’49.621 -25.781 43
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 2’16.786 2’59.125 1’49.674 -27.112 38
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’12.824 2’58.232 1’49.710 -23.114 39
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’12.004 2’49.750 1’49.776 -22.228 37
17 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’50.027 23
18 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 2’18.199 1’52.339 -25.86 32
19 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 2’17.519 2’49.354 1’52.566 -24.953 38
20 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 2’16.409 2’52.076 1’52.630 -23.779 38
21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 2’16.788 1’52.809 -23.979 38
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 2’19.546 1’53.383 -26.163 34
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’53.562 23
24 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2’14.210 1’58.113 -16.097 22
25 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 2’14.660 16
26 Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 2’19.689 12

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