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Vettel fastest in India practice

The German seems to be warming up and learning the circuit. Button and Webber followed.
Saturday, October 29, 2011

GREATER NOIDA, India, Oct 29, 2011 (AFP) - World champion Sebastian Vettel grabbed the quickest time with his last run in the Indian Grand Prix's final free practice on Saturday.

In smoggy conditions, Vettel clocked 1min 24.824sec to pip McLaren's Jenson Button, with his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber third fastest ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Victory at India's first grand prix would keep Vettel on course to equal fellow German Michael Schumacher's achievement of winning 13 grands prix in one season. Vettel, 24, has 10 wins with three races remaining.

Button, Webber, Hamilton and Alonso are all vying for second spot in the standings after Vettel reclaimed his Formula One crown in Japan earlier this month.

India is hosting its inaugural Formula One race at the purpose-built Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi.

See times for the third and last practice session for the 2011 Indian Grand Prix.

POS
No.
DRIVER
TEAM
TIME
GAP
LAPS
1
1
Sebastian Vettel
RBR-Renault
1:24.824
18
2
4
Jenson Button
McLaren-Mercedes
1:25.191
0.367
15
3
2
Mark Webber
RBR-Renault
1:25.203
0.379
19
4
3
Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes
1:25.288
0.464
16
5
5
Fernando Alonso
Ferrari
1:25.784
0.960
17
6
6
Felipe Massa
Ferrari
1:26.058
1.234
16
7
15
Paul di Resta
Force India-Mercedes
1:26.785
1.961
19
8
8
Nico Rosberg
Mercedes
1:26.873
2.049
22
9
14
Adrian Sutil
Force India-Mercedes
1:26.958
2.134
19
10
18
Sebastien Buemi
STR-Ferrari
1:27.146
2.322
20
11
7
Michael Schumacher
Mercedes
1:27.217
2.393
21
12
9
Bruno Senna
Renault
1:27.235
2.411
20
13
16
Kamui Kobayashi
Sauber-Ferrari
1:27.262
2.438
19
14
10
Vitaly Petrov
Renault
1:27.280
2.456
18
15
19
Jaime Alguersuari
STR-Ferrari
1:27.387
2.563
20
16
17
Sergio Perez
Sauber-Ferrari
1:27.749
2.925
21
17
12
Pastor Maldonado
Williams-Cosworth
1:27.793
2.969
17
18
11
Rubens Barrichello
Williams-Cosworth
1:27.875
3.051
20
19
21
Jarno Trulli
Lotus-Renault
1:29.355
4.531
21
20
20
Heikki Kovalainen
Lotus-Renault
1:29.750
4.926
19
21
24
Timo Glock
Virgin-Cosworth
1:30.683
5.859
23
22
22
Narain Karthikeyan
HRT-Cosworth
1:30.900
6.076
25
23
25
Jerome d'Ambrosio
Virgin-Cosworth
1:32.851
8.027
19
24
23
Daniel Ricciardo
HRT-Cosworth
1:33.246
8.422
16

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