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Webber on top in final practice

After signing for another year with Red Bull the Aussie finished again with the best time in the third session.
Saturday, August 27, 2011

SPa-francorchamps, Belgium, Aug 27, 2011 (AFP) - Australian Mark Webber had good reason to smile on Saturday morning after he topped the times in final free practice ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver was not only the fastest man around the spectacular and challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit in cold and wet conditions, but did so on his 35th birthday when it was confirmed he had signed a contract extension for 2012.

Webber clocked a best time of two minutes and 8.988 seconds to outpace nearest rival Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, the 2008 champion, by just 0.058 seconds.

Spaniard Jaime Aluguersuari was third fastest in his Toro Rosso, nearly a second behind.

Next came Hamilton's McLaren team-mate and compatriot Jenson Button and championship leader and defending champion German Sebastian Vettel in the second Red Bull.

Swiss Sebastien Buemi in the second Red Bull was sixth ahead of Germans Nico Rosberg of Mercedes and Adrian Sutil of Force India, newly-promoted Brazilian Bruno Senna of Renault and seven-times champion German MichaelSchumacher, 42, who is enjoying the 20th anniversary of his F1 debut this weekend, in the second Mercedes.

Two-times champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso and his Ferrari team chose to take no serious part in the rain-hit session and preserved their tyres. Alonso did not clock a time.

See times bellow:

BELGIAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE 3 TIMES (FP3)
POS No. DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 2:08.988 7
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 2:09.046 0.058 8
3 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 2:09.931 0.943 16
4 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2:10.257 1.269 7
5 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 2:10.402 1.414 9
6 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 2:10.580 1.592 15
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2:10.837 1.849 12
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 2:11.437 2.449 13
9 9 Bruno Senna Renault 2:11.664 2.676 14
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 2:11.667 2.679 10
11 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 2:11.874 2.886 13
12 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 2:13.036 4.048 15
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 2:13.074 4.086 12
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 2:13.182 4.194 12
15 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 2:13.290 4.302 15
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 2:13.778 4.790 12
17 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 2:14.334 5.346 14
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 2:14.682 5.694 11
19 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 2:17.159 8.171 12
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 2:18.039 9.051 10
21 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 2:19.001 10.013 12
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 2:19.597 10.609 14
23 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2:22.454 13.466 7
24 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari No time 5

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