Practice 3: Hamilton and McLaren look good

Lewis Hamilton at Abu Dhabi GP

Lewis Hamilton topped the timing sheets in the final free practice at Yas Marina

Nov.12 (Reuters) Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep for McLaren with the fastest lap yet in final practice at the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday.

The 2008 world champion, who was also fastest overall on Friday after team mate Jenson Button led the opening session, lapped in one minute 38.976 seconds on a scorching afternoon at Yas Marina.

Red Bull‘s Sebastian Vettel, his second world title already wrapped up long before his return to the circuit where he became the youngest champion a year ago, was second on the timesheets and 0.427 slower.

Vettel can equal Nigel Mansell’s 1992 record of 14 pole positions in a single season later on Saturday but Hamilton looks a good bet to ensure his moustachioed compatriot’s milestone remains unbeaten.

The Briton has been outstanding all weekend, determined to end a depressing season on a high with strong results in the final two races to banish talk of controversies, crashes and conflict with Ferrari‘s Felipe Massa.

However Vettel, who spun and hit the barriers on Friday, can always be counted on to pull something out of the bag when it matters most.

Massa was only seventh fastest, while team mate Fernando Alonso was fifth.

Australian Mark Webber, still chasing his first win of a season dominated by his Red Bull team mate, lapped third quickest with Button fourth.

Italian Jarno Trulli failed to set a time for Team Lotus.

Saturday, 12 November – Free Practice 3

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.976 17
2 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:39.403 0.427 18
3 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:39.427 0.451 18
4 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.429 0.453 16
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:39.661 0.685 16
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:40.135 1.159 19
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:40.183 1.207 18
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:40.429 1.453 21
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:40.511 1.535 19
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:40.938 1.962 18
11 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:41.509 2.533 21
12 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.527 2.551 21
13 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.566 2.590 20
14 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:41.594 2.618 18
15 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:41.622 2.646 18
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:41.855 2.879 18
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:42.025 3.049 19
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:43.409 4.433 22
19 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:43.861 4.885 5
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:45.262 6.286 23
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:45.302 6.326 20
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:45.509 6.533 22
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:45.732 6.756 20
24 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault No time 1