Practice 3: Vettel fastest targets pole record

Sebastian Vettel

Nov.26 (Reuters) Red Bull‘s double world champion Sebastian Vettel ended the final practice session of the Formula One season with his name back on top of the Brazilian Grand Prix timing screens on Saturday.

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.

Jenson Button ended the final free practice session second fastest

The 24-year-old German, winner in Brazil last year and chasing a record 15th pole position of the season later in the afternoon, was 0.087 seconds quicker than McLaren‘s Jenson Button with a best lap of one minute 12.460 seconds.

Vettel and Red Bull have already won both this year’s championships.

Australian Mark Webber, Vettel’s team mate who has yet to win a race this season despite setting more fastest laps than anyone else in the 18 races so far, was third fastest at one of his favourite circuits.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, winner of the previous race in Abu Dhabi, ended the session fourth with Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso fifth.

Conditions were hot, with a track temperature of around 42 degrees, but rain has been widely forecast for Sunday which could make the race more of a lottery.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, twice a winner of his home race and preparing for his 100th start for the Italian team, was 10th only and had a near-miss with Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes in the closing minutes.

Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi failed to set a timed lap.

“We know it’s a hydraulics leak. We will try to fix it quickly but it’s going to be difficult as we still don’t know where the leak is. If we take off the floor to have a look, it’ll take at least 15 minutes to get it back on,” said the Swiss.

Saturday, 26 November – Free Practice 3

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:12.460 21
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.547 0.087 19
3 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:12.597 0.137 21
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.622 0.162 15
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:12.765 0.305 17
6 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:13.113 0.653 22
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:13.286 0.826 21
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:13.393 0.933 19
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:13.419 0.959 19
10 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:13.583 1.123 18
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:13.838 1.378 20
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:14.283 1.823 19
13 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:14.286 1.826 20
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:14.311 1.851 24
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:14.454 1.994 22
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:14.547 2.087 24
17 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:14.551 2.091 15
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:15.843 3.383 24
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:16.026 3.566 22
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:16.616 4.156 26
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:17.143 4.683 23
22 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:17.296 4.836 23
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:17.984 5.524 23
24 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari No time 3