Jenson Button, McLaren, Interlagos, 2012

McLaren remain quickest as Brazil practice ends

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Interlagos, 2012McLaren were quickest for the third practice session in a row at Interlagos – but this time it was Jenson Button who was ahead.

Button, who switched from using a low-downforce rear wing to the higher-downforce version sported by Lewis Hamilton yesterday, led the session early on when the drivers used the hard tyres.

After switching to medium tyres in the final ten minutes Button went quickest again, his final lap just 0.004s faster than his previous best.

A late effort from Sebastian Vettel saw the Red Bull driver finish just 0.057s shy of Button despite not setting a fastest time in any of the three sectors.

The other Red Bulls and McLarens completed the top four ahead of Romain Grosjean. The Force India pair were next, separated by just over a tenth of a second.

Fernando Alonso could only manage eighth as the Ferrari team mates appeared to practice running in the slipstream of each other at the exit of the final corner. Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Massa also made it into the top ten.

Kimi Raikkonen’s session came to an end as he began his first flying lap. A cloud of smoke appeared behind the Lotus and he quickly pulled to a stop. An engine problem spoiled his run during first practice as well.

Michael Schumacher was the first driver to set a time on the medium compound tyres but had to back off coming out of Juncao when Bruno Senna spun in front of him, the Mercedes narrowly missing the Williams.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’13.188 22
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’13.245 0.057 21
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’13.385 0.197 25
4 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’13.389 0.201 17
5 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’13.420 0.232 24
6 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’13.486 0.298 21
7 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’13.602 0.414 22
8 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’13.691 0.503 15
9 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’13.700 0.512 20
10 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’13.712 0.524 17
11 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’13.948 0.760 20
12 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’14.126 0.938 24
13 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’14.190 1.002 26
14 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’14.192 1.004 21
15 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’14.347 1.159 24
16 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’14.687 1.499 21
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’14.972 1.784 19
18 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’15.159 1.971 22
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’15.707 2.519 21
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’15.763 2.575 24
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’16.059 2.871 21
22 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’16.198 3.010 15
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’16.793 3.605 18
24 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault No time 3

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’14.217 1’14.863 1’13.188 -1.029 88
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’14.140 1’14.300 1’13.245 -0.895 96
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’14.198 1’14.523 1’13.385 -0.813 96
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’14.131 1’14.026 1’13.389 -0.637 90
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’14.719 1’14.994 1’13.420 -1.299 94
6 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’14.738 1’15.129 1’13.486 -1.252 94
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’15.050 1’15.131 1’13.602 -1.448 94
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’14.392 1’14.592 1’13.691 -0.701 80
9 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’15.015 1’15.953 1’13.700 -1.315 104
10 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’14.716 1’14.553 1’13.712 -0.841 83
11 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’15.432 1’13.948 -1.484 65
12 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’16.315 1’14.669 1’14.126 -0.543 100
13 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’15.396 1’15.542 1’14.190 -1.206 93
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’15.255 1’15.839 1’14.192 -1.063 95
15 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’15.114 1’14.654 1’14.347 -0.307 96
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’15.587 1’15.902 1’14.687 -0.9 95
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.048 1’16.048 1’14.972 -1.076 94
18 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’16.617 1’16.126 1’15.159 -0.967 91
19 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’15.701 1’15.371 58
20 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’15.413 23
21 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’16.655 1’15.707 -0.948 63
22 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’16.506 1’17.675 1’15.763 -0.743 97
23 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’17.234 1’18.127 1’16.059 -1.175 78
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’17.678 1’17.244 1’16.198 -1.046 45
25 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’16.460 32
26 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’17.895 1’18.139 1’16.793 -1.102 46

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