Interlagos Practice 3: Webber tops in the wet, wet, wet

Mark Webber tops in a very wet FP3

Mark Webber tops in a very wet FP3

Red Bull’s Mark Webber was fastest in the final practice session of his Formula 1 career at a rainswept Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The 37-year-old Australian made the most of a brief lull in the rain towards the end of the session to lap the shining, anti-clockwise Interlagos circuit with a best time of 1:27.891 seconds in his Red Bull.

Team mate and quadruple Champion Sebastian Vettel, who is aiming for a record-equalling ninth win in a row and 13th of the season in Sunday’s season-ender, was 17th on a morning when times were meaningless.

Most drivers opted to save tyres for later Qualifying, with the rain threatening to last well into the afternoon.

Romain Grosjean  second quickest in FP3

Romain Grosjean second quickest in FP3

“Everybody’s sitting in the garage trying to save their Extreme tyres because we haven’t got that many of them,” Red Bull principal Christian Horner told BBC television during the session.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean was second quickest with Lotus team mate Heikki Kovalainen, standing in for the absent Kimi Raikkonen, third and fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas fourth for Williams.

Germany’s Nico Rosberg, who was fastest in both Friday practice sessions, did not set a timed lap for Mercedes while British team mate Lewis Hamilton was 11th on team principal Ross Brawn’s 59th birthday.

Webber, twice a winner in Brazil, is leaving Formula 1 after Sunday’s race to start a new life with Porsche in endurance racing. (Reuters)

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Valtteri Bottas fourth quickest in FP3

Valtteri Bottas fourth quickest in FP3

Brazilian Grand Prix, Free Practice 3 – Saturday, 23 November 2013

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.891 5
2 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:28.195 0.304 5
3 7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:28.595 0.704 6
4 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:28.600 0.709 12
5 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.830 0.939 15
6 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:28.921 1.030 5
7 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.215 1.324 21
8 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:29.686 1.795 10
9 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:29.736 1.845 6
10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:29.913 2.022 8
11 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:29.980 2.089 8
12 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:29.988 2.097 9
13 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:30.635 2.744 9
14 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:30.837 2.946 14
15 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:30.972 3.081 10
16 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:31.154 3.263 14
17 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:31.857 3.966 4
18 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.731 4.840 4
19 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 4
20 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2
21 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1
22 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2