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Sutil top in final practice

Force India's Adrian Sutil set the pace this morning in final practice at the European Grand Prix at Valencia in Spain - although the session was red-flagged after Sebastian Vettel's engine let-go.

Vettel's misfortune meant around 30 minutes of practice was lost while marshals cleared up all the oil.

Indeed by the time the track was deemed safe, only 5 minutes remained and it was only near the end, when all the cement dust had been cleared off the racing line that the times plummeted.

Initially Sutil was knocked off P1, but he then posted a 1 minute 39.143 second effort to re-establish his position at the top of the pack going into qualifying.

Williams' Kazuki Nakajima was 'best of the rest', just one tenth slower, followed by the BMW Sauber of Robert Kubica and then McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen.

Nico Rosberg rounded out the top five, 0.589 seconds off the pace, while Giancarlo Fisichella was sixth to give Force India an additional boost. Having been quick in practice on Friday, the Silverstone-based outfit may yet spring a surprise.

Current championship leader, Jenson Button had to settle for seventh followed by fellow Brit, Lewis Hamilton.

Jarno Trulli and Romain Grosjean rounded out the top ten, with Sebastien Buemi eleventh and Rubens Barrichello twelfth.

Further down the order Nick Heidfeld came in 13th with Kimi Raikkonen and Friday's pace setter, Fernando Alonso 14th and 15th respectively. Timo Glock was 16th, while Mark Webber was only 17th and Vettel, who will now need a new engine, was 18th.

Jaime Alguersuari and Luca Badoer brought up the rear, the latter managing the most laps of anyone runner in FP3 - 14 tours in total. However the Italian, who is standing in for the injured Felipe Massa, is still struggling on his return to racing and was just over 3 seconds off the pace.

To see the full final practice times click here



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2Pac - Unregistered

August 22, 2009 11:59 AM

wouldn't it be good to see force india make it into q3? i hope they can do it, get some reward for their hard work. brawn and mclaren look strong but surprisingly red bull don't look that good? it will all come out in the wash as they say!



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