Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Yas Marina, 2012

Hamilton quickest as brake problem delays Vettel

2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Yas Marina, 2012McLaren headed the final practice session in Abu Dhabi with almost half a second in hand over Red Bull.

But Sebastian Vettel only managed a single flying lap after missing much of the 60 minutes due to a braking problem.

Lewis Hamilton set a string of laps and comfortably headed the times early in the session. As was the case on Friday, McLaren were comfortably quickest on medium tyres, Hamilton over a second quicker than the next non-McLaren.

That was Romain Grosjean’s Lotus, who was 1.113s slower than Hamilton but had visible damage on his front-right tyre from a lock-up when he was pushed back into the pits.

Vettel spent much of the session in the pits. After taking to the track for his first run he returned to the garage where the Red Bull mechanics went to work on his brakes.

Hamilton only managed to improve his time by 0.018s after switching to the soft tyres. He missed an opportunity to set another timed lap as the chequered flag came out before he could begin one. “I wish you’d told me earlier,” he said to his engineer.

Even so Hamilton ended up quickest ahead of his team mate. Vettel’s single flying lap was good enough to put him third ahead of team mate Mark Webber.

Nico Hulkenberg was fifth for Force India ahead of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.

For the second day running Ferrari had broken the curfew as they worked on their car. Fernando Alonso ended the session in eighth place, one second slower than Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen and Paul di Resta completed the top ten.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’42.130 18
2 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’42.420 0.290 17
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’42.614 0.484 7
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’42.743 0.613 18
5 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’42.750 0.620 19
6 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’43.015 0.885 18
7 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’43.064 0.934 19
8 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’43.133 1.003 15
9 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’43.184 1.054 22
10 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’43.338 1.208 19
11 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’43.480 1.350 17
12 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.571 1.441 20
13 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’43.593 1.463 20
14 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’43.635 1.505 19
15 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’44.010 1.880 22
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’44.025 1.895 18
17 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’44.071 1.941 19
18 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’44.149 2.019 19
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’45.301 3.171 22
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’45.879 3.749 19
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’46.036 3.906 19
22 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’46.261 4.131 22
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’46.554 4.424 20
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’47.032 4.902 22

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’44.050 1’41.751 1’42.614 +0.863 64
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’43.285 1’41.919 1’42.130 +0.211 73
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’43.618 1’42.412 1’42.420 +0.008 72
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’44.542 1’42.466 1’42.743 +0.277 61
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’45.743 1’42.500 1’43.015 +0.515 72
6 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’45.422 1’42.532 1’43.184 +0.652 65
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’44.366 1’42.587 1’43.133 +0.546 67
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’45.587 1’43.255 1’42.750 -0.505 73
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’45.567 1’42.823 1’43.480 +0.657 74
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’45.115 1’42.998 1’43.064 +0.066 82
11 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’45.811 1’43.106 1’43.571 +0.465 78
12 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’43.191 1’44.071 +0.88 53
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’45.194 1’43.200 1’43.593 +0.393 75
14 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’44.694 1’43.267 1’43.635 +0.368 74
15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’43.578 1’43.338 -0.24 53
16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’45.722 1’43.689 1’44.010 +0.321 74
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.708 1’45.073 1’44.025 -1.048 63
18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.649 1’44.260 1’44.149 -0.111 70
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’45.245 1’46.261 +1.016 58
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’47.418 1’45.782 1’45.301 -0.481 78
21 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’45.347 25
22 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1’45.769 22
23 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’47.891 1’46.589 1’45.879 -0.71 76
24 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’46.674 1’46.036 -0.638 41
25 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’48.354 1’46.707 1’46.554 -0.153 68
26 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’47.406 1’47.032 -0.374 57
27 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’48.887 22
28 Ma Qing Hua HRT-Cosworth 1’50.487 20
9 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault No time 3

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