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Vettel fastest in final practice

Little by Little Red Bull improved and now both cars registered the best times during the last session, in a circuit that -apparently- does not fit them well.
Saturday, September 10, 2011

MONZA, Italy, Sept 10, 2011 (AFP) - Defending world champion and current runaway leader Sebastian Vettel topped the times again for Red Bull in Saturday's final practice session ahead of Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old German delivered the fastest lap of the morning and the weekend in the final seconds of a session run in warm late-summer sunshine, his time beating the best effort of Red Bull team-mate Australian Mark Webber by three-tenths of a second.

Webber finished second fastest ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa in the leading Ferrari and Briton Lewis Hamilton who was fourth for McLaren. His team-mate and compatriot Jenson Button wound up fifth after a session spent battling with set-up problems.

The late flurry of action pushed German Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, fastest for a long period, down to sixth ahead of his team-mate and compatriot seven-times champion Michael Schumacher, the 42-year-old veteran proving again that he is on the pace back at a circuit where he won five times for Ferrari.

Two times champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso was eighth in the second Ferrari ahead of German Adrian Sutil and his Force India team-mate Briton Paul di Resta.

Brazilian Bruno Senna, making his second appearance for Renault after replacing German Nick Heidfeld in Belgium two weeks ago, was 11th ahead of his team-mate Russian Vitaly Petrov.

Australian rookie Daniel Ricciardo ended his session in the Hispania garage with his car stripped down for serious mechanical surgery after various problems left him down in 24th and last place.

 

ITALIAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE 3 TIMES (FP3)
POS No. DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:23.170   18
2 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:23.534 0.364 19
3 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:23.668 0.498 14
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.741 0.571 17
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.787 0.617 16
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.875 0.705 22
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:24.114 0.944 20
8 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:24.133 0.963 14
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:24.543 1.373 21
10 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:24.581 1.411 22
11 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:24.853 1.683 20
12 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:24.889 1.719 19
13 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.948 1.778 22
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.261 2.091 21
15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:25.319 2.149 19
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:25.426 2.256 19
17 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:25.439 2.269 22
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:25.539 2.369 19
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:27.328 4.158 19
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:27.491 4.321 21
21 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:28.186 5.016 23
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:28.441 5.271 22
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:28.962 5.792 17
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:30.316 7.146 16

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