Vettel tops final practice in Spain

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Spain, Circuit de Catalunyaes

Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheet at the end of the final free practice session ahead of qualifying for the Spanish GP. Pastor Maldonado for Williams and Kamui Kobayashi for Sauber completed the top three.

Lewis Hamilton came close to setting the fastest time but in the final chicane got hindered by Karthikeyan and Räikkönen. The Finn excused himself, but of course the lap for the McLaren driver was gone.

Vettel, who already topped the timesheets, was a little more fortunate and could set another flying lap on the pirelli softs, further reaffirming his pace around the Spanish track.

The technical issues today were for Romain Grosjean around halfway. The Frenchman came to a halt in the uphill turn 10 after losing fuel pressure in his Lotus E20.

Close to the end of the session, Timo Glock also parked his car along the track with an apparent suspension problem or rear puncture. Coming out of turn 15 he suddenly lost car balance and eventually stopped on the main straight.

Results

Pos.NoDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
11Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:23.168-13
218Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:23.3360.16819
314Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1:23.3500.18219
42Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:23.5780.41016
515Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari1:23.7420.57422
65Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:23.8070.63915
717Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari1:23.8330.66514
83Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:23.9090.74113
99Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:23.9360.76816
108Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:24.0700.90224
116Felipe MassaFerrari1:24.1791.01116
1212Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:24.3231.15517
1316Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari1:24.3311.16315
1419Bruno SennaWilliams-Renault1:24.4091.24118
1511Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:24.5991.43115
164Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:24.7781.61015
177Michael SchumacherMercedes AMG1:24.8251.65717
1821Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault1:25.9112.74320
1920Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault1:26.5873.41920
2025Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth1:27.4694.30118
2124Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth1:27.6894.52116
2223Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth1:28.2075.03924
2322Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth1:28.3735.20513
2410Romain GrosjeanLotus-RenaultNo time2