Webber tops final practice

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Japan, Circuit Suzukajp

Mark Webber topped the final practice session of the Japanese Grand Prix. The Mercedes cars were closest as Webber's team mate didn't run the medium compound tyre as KERS issues sidelined him in the final quarter of the session.

The track conditions proved much better than on Friday as the times from FP1 and FP2 were easily improved upon.

Romain Grosjean came out fastest when everybody was running the harder tyre, but when drivers started to switch to the option, Mark Webber emerged on top of the timesheet.

There were again a number of drivers going off-track during the session, with Adrian Sutil's error proving to be the most dramatic. The Force India driver lost control of his car on the entry of Spoon Curve. The subsequent slide put his in the barriers, damaging both front and rear end of his car.

On the technical side, Nico Hulkenberg missed a large part of the session while the team were investigating a alert from the gearbox. The German still managed to get out at the end of the session, ending up in 10th.

Sergio Pérez meanwhile is running the spare chassis as McLaren decided a switch from the regular chassis would be appropriate.


12Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:32.053-17
210Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:32.1870.13418
39Nico RosbergMercedes1:32.3550.30218
48Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:32.7070.65426
53Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:32.8000.74714
64Felipe MassaFerrari1:32.8150.76214
75Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:32.8690.81617
87Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:32.9460.89325
91Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:33.0360.9838
1011Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1:33.0761.02312
116Sergio PerezMcLaren-Mercedes1:33.1581.10515
1218Jean-Eric VergneStr-Ferrari1:33.2601.20715
1319Daniel RicciardoStr-Ferrari1:33.4901.43716
1416Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:33.6381.58517
1514Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:33.6601.60719
1612Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:33.7321.67915
1717Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1:33.9551.90218
1815Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:34.7732.7208
1921Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1:35.4733.42020
2020Charles PicCaterham-Renault1:35.5183.46518
2123Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1:35.8443.79116
2222Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1:39.3787.32520