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Vettel again fastest in Delhi

The German keeps setting unmatchable times. Jenson Button managed to settle himself second ahead of the other Red Bull of Mark Webber.
Saturday, October 27, 2012

NEW DELHI, Oct 27, 2012 (AFP) - Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel topped the times again for Red Bull in Saturday morning's final free practice session for this weekend's Indian Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old German, fastest in both sessions on Friday, completed his set with another quick performance, but he was less dominant than expected on a day when Red Bull were split at the top of the time-sheets by Briton Jenson Button in a McLaren.

Australian Mark Webber was third in the other Red Bull, ahead of Briton Lewis Hamilton, in the second McLaren, and Finn Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus.

Championship challenger Spaniard Fernando Alonso was unable to improve on seventh in his final practice session for Ferrari.

On another dry and warm morning at the demanding Buddh International Circuit at Noida, to the southeast of Delhi, the Red Bull team were again the standard setters in the final preparatory session before qualifying.

But this time it was not so easy for Vettel and the top six were separated by only four-tenths of a second and both McLaren men looked threatening, notably on hard tyres in Hamilton's case.

Brazilian Bruno Senna was also fast again his Williams as he took sixth place ahead of Alonso, with German Nico Hulkenberg eighth for Force India ahead of compatriot Michael Schumacher in the leading Mercedes and Frenchman Romain Grosjean in the second Lotus.

Fresh from signing his contract for another year at Ferrari, Brazilian Felipe Massa was down in 11th ahead of Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado in the second Williams.

The times for the last práctice session:

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:25.842 20
2 3 Jenson Button McLaren 1:26.034 0.192 17
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:26.108 0.266 18
4 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:26.151 0.309 21
5 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:26.209 0.367 22
6 19 Bruno Senna Williams 1:26.214 0.372 24
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:26.521 0.679 15
8 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:26.531 0.689 21
9 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:26.652 0.810 21
10 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:26.664 0.822 21
11 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:26.691 0.849 13
12 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:27.140 1.298 18
13 15 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:27.162 1.320 21
14 11 Paul di Resta Force India 1:27.193 1.351 22
15 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:27.229 1.387 21
16 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:27.374 1.532 21
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:27.711 1.869 20
18 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:27.983 2.141 19
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:29.035 3.193 20
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:29.237 3.395 20
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia 1:29.617 3.775 20
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia 1:30.298 4.456 20
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1:30.824 4.982 22
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 1:30.873 5.031 22

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