Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2012

Red Bull on top in final practice session at Suzuka

2012 Japanese Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2012The Red Bull pair headed the times as practice came to an end at Suzuka.

Sebastian Vettel led Mark Webber with a best time of 1’32.136.

But several of their rivals lost time due to traffic on their soft tyre runs at the end of the session, including both of the McLarens.

Jenson Button was held up by Michael Schumacher in 130R and Lewis Hamilton caught Charles Pic at the end of his lap. Hamilton got on the radio and complained to race director Charlie Whiting after his near-miss with the Marussia.

That left Felipe Massa to take third ahead of Michael Schumacher.

The Sauber pair were next, Sergio Perez ahead of Kamui Kobayashi. Romain Grosjean was seventh ahead of the delayed Button.

But for the second session in a row Force India were left with repair work to do. This time it was Nico Hulkenberg who bent his car. The VJM05 snapped sideways as he turned into Degner 2 and he was unable to keep it out of the barriers.

Heikki Kovalainen also went off at Degner but didn’t hit anything.

Kimi Raikkonen endured another difficult session, returning to the pits soon after he began his first run. Late into the session he was still unhappy with the balance of his Lotus and ended up 12th.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.136 17
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.371 0.235 20
3 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’32.824 0.688 13
4 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’32.918 0.782 23
5 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’32.920 0.784 19
6 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’32.924 0.788 15
7 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’33.008 0.872 21
8 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.025 0.889 14
9 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’33.094 0.958 17
10 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’33.160 1.024 16
11 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’33.184 1.048 14
12 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’33.224 1.088 15
13 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.569 1.433 16
14 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’33.722 1.586 18
15 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’33.899 1.763 23
16 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’33.984 1.848 19
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.023 1.887 19
18 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’34.369 2.233 11
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’35.568 3.432 19
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’36.355 4.219 18
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’36.389 4.253 11
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’36.517 4.381 18
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’36.649 4.513 12
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’36.875 4.739 16

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’36.366 1’32.836 1’32.136 -0.7 77
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’34.856 1’32.493 1’32.371 -0.122 78
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.740 1’32.707 1’33.569 +0.862 74
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’35.283 1’33.614 1’32.824 -0.79 69
5 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’35.122 1’33.750 1’32.918 -0.832 56
6 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’35.584 1’33.903 1’32.920 -0.983 79
7 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’35.199 1’33.983 1’32.924 -1.059 75
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’35.474 1’32.987 1’34.369 +1.382 63
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’35.724 1’33.107 1’33.008 -0.099 77
10 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.507 1’33.349 1’33.025 -0.324 56
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.484 1’33.093 1’33.184 +0.091 68
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’35.299 1’33.094 -2.205 37
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’35.478 1’34.300 1’33.160 -1.14 73
14 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’35.691 1’34.291 1’33.224 -1.067 49
15 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’33.499 1’33.984 +0.485 51
16 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.222 1’35.080 1’33.722 -1.358 77
17 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’35.059 1’33.866 1’33.899 +0.033 60
18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.123 1’34.863 1’34.023 -0.84 70
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’35.711 1’35.568 -0.143 60
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’38.295 1’35.870 1’36.355 +0.485 78
21 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’37.716 1’36.194 1’36.389 +0.195 60
22 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’36.389 24
23 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’38.616 1’36.636 1’36.517 -0.119 71
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’39.043 1’37.701 1’36.649 -1.052 72
25 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’39.688 1’37.342 1’36.875 -0.467 65
26 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’39.374 22

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