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Vettel on top in final practice at German GP

No doubt: everything will be between the Ferraris and the Red Bulls. The finished the third session within two tenths of a second apart.
Saturday, July 23, 2011

Nurburgring, Germany, July 23, 2011 (AFP) - Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany topped the times in Saturday morning's final free practice for Sunday's German Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver, who is also the runaway leader in this year's title race, clocked a best time of one minute and 30.916 seconds in the final seconds of a closely-contested session run in cold conditions.

The 24-year-old champion's best lap lifted him just clear of his team-mate Australian Mark Webber, by one-tenth of a second - but the Australian's best lap was marred when he had to slow, ironically, because of Vettel.

Two-times champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was third just two-tenths off the pace, having demonstrated he remains a major contender after winning the British Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Briton Lewis Hamilton was fourth for McLaren ahead of his team-mate and compatriot Jenson Button with German Nico Rosberg sixth in the leading Mercedes.

Brazilian Felipe Massa was seventh in the second Ferrari ahead of two more Germans, Adrian Sutil of Force India and seven-times champion Michael Schumacher, in the second Mercedes. Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado was 10th for Williams.

On a cool, overcast morning in the Eifel mountains, the air temperature was only 12 degrees Celsius and the track temperature just 22 degrees - making it the coldest circuit of the season to date, a major factor in the performance
of the tyres.

Rosberg and his Mercedes team-mate Schumacher were the early pace-setters followed by Mexican Sergio Perez for Sauber and then Alonso. Rosberg responded, but then Alonso switched to the softer tyres to take over at the top again ahead of Webber and Hamilton.

But in the final minutes, Red Bull sent their men out on soft tyres and managed to take control of the top two positions.

Here are the results:

GERMAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE 3 TIMES (FP3)
POS No. DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:30.916   15
2 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:31.049 0.133 16
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:31.138 0.222 12
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.578 0.662 13
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.623 0.707 14
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:31.694 0.778 19
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:32.144 1.228 13
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:32.391 1.475 20
9 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:32.523 1.607 16
10 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:32.751 1.835 18
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:32.777 1.861 18
12 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:32.813 1.897 21
13 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:33.072 2.156 18
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:33.179 2.263 17
15 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.531 2.615 20
16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.671 2.755 20
17 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:33.948 3.032 21
18 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:34.125 3.209 19
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:35.385 4.469 13
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:36.724 5.808 21
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:36.804 5.888 23
22 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:36.894 5.978 23
23 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1:36.959 6.043 18
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:37.554 6.638 22


 

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