Practice 3: Vettel fastest as Red Bulls hog top

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel claimed the high ground ahead of Italian GP qualifying at Monza

Sep.10 (PVM) Red Bull appear to have exorcised their low downforce bogey as they topped the timing screens in the third and final free practice session of the Italian Grand Prix weekend at Monza with Sebastian Vettel topping the timing screens, ahead of team mate Mark Webber.

Felipe Massa showed strong pace by going third fastest in front of his big boss Luca di Montezemolo who pranced around the pitlane greeting Maranello staff, both current and former such as Ross Brawn.

Next up were the McLaren duo who are expected to take the fight to the fizzy drinks lads, but looked ominously down on pace, in the final 60 minutes practice session, to do the job. Lewis Hamilton ended fifth fastest, fractionally up on Jenson Button – although half a second down on Vettel’s best.

Nico Rosberg was quickest of the Silver Arrows setting the sixth best time, with Michael Schumacher seventh in the Mercedes GP.

Last year’s winner Fernando Alonso was down in eighth in front of the Ferrari tifosi making their annual pilgrimage to the temple of speed to watch the Scuderia in action. All indications are that they won’t be returning home after the grand prix as happy as they were last year.

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Saturday, 10 September – Practice 3

Pos No

Driver

Team

Time

Gap

Laps

1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:23.170 18
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-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 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:25.426 2.256 19
17 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-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