Hamilton leads FP3 with 1:21.009

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Lewis Hamilton has continued to show his McLaren's upgraded pace in third free practice as he topped the timesheets once again. He stayed ahead of everyone else with a comfortable 0.4s margin. Championship contenders Brawn GP and Red Bull were down in the ranking.

Little over halfway though the session, Adrian Sutil crashed his Force India after getting dirt on his right-rear tyre on the exit of the chicane. He consequently oversteered at turn eight and crashed out. His best time is 1:23.231.

15 minutes ahead of the session's closure, Lewis Hamilton was on top with a 1:22.074, followed by Alonso, Kovalainen and Toro Rosso rookie Alguersuari. The team is most likely allowing him to run a bit lighter in the practices to get used to the track and the car to be able to continue with the rest of the weekend confidently.

With the quick laps at the end of the session, times have tumbled more with Hamilton comfortable staying ahead after another improvement to 1:21.009, the fastest lap so far this weekend. Second quickest is surprisingly nick Heidfeld, although a considerable 0.399s behind the Briton. Rosberg is third, Kovalinen 4th.

Jaime Alguersuari didn't improve in the last 15 minutes but is still only 1.382 seconds slower than Lewis Hamilton.

Results

Pos.DriverTeamTimeLaps
1L. HamiltonMcLaren1:21.00919
2N. HeidfeldBMW1:21.40823
3N. RosbergWilliams1:21.50921
4H. KovalainenMcLaren1:21.65520
5S. BuemiScuderia Toro Rosso1:21.80023
6T. GlockToyota1:21.84912
7F. MassaFerrari1:21.91119
8K. NakajimaWilliams1:21.93519
9M. WebberRed Bull Racing1:21.93616
10S. VettelRed Bull Racing1:21.97121
11R. KubicaBMW1:22.07620
12J. TrulliToyota1:22.09725
13R. BarrichelloBrawn GP1:22.10122
14N. Piquet jr.Renault1:22.21017
15K. RäikkönenFerrari1:22.27020
16F. AlonsoRenault1:22.27419
17J. ButtonBrawn GP1:22.31222
18J. AlguersuariScuderia Toro Rosso1:22.39120
19G. FisichellaForce India F11:22.68423
20A. SutilForce India F11:23.23116