2008 F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton put McLaren back at the top of times in final practice for this Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, despite brushing the wall at the end of the one hour session.
Hamilton had only been seventh overall in Friday practice, however today he improved and set the fastest time of the three sessions, a 1 minute 16.058s, which left him almost three tenths up on Mark Webber's Red Bull.
Furthermore while he did tag the wall, the Englishman's McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 appeared undamaged. His form also bodes well for qualifying, especially after McLaren slipped back from being 1-3 in FP1, to 7th and 11th in FP2.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso meanwhile was 'best of the rest' after Hamilton and Webber, on a 1m 16.495s, followed by record-breaking multiple F1 world champion, Michael Schumacher and Friday pace setter Sebastian Vettel. Vettel looked set to improve late on, but the session ended slightly earlier than scheduled, when Lucas di Grassi parked his Virgin car in the gravel at turn 10.
Robert Kubica came in sixth, while Force India's Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi were seventh and ninth, sandwiching Jenson Button's McLaren. Vitaly Petrov rounded out the top ten in the other Renault.
Further down the order, Nico Hulkenberg led the charge for Williams and was eleventh on a 1m 17.121s, one tenth up on Felipe Massa's Ferrari.
Massa tagged the wall with his left front wheel at turn 7, but the Brazilian – like Hamilton later on – seemed to get away with it.
Jaime Alguersuari was next up followed by Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa and then Sebastien Buemi, Rubens Barrichello and Nico Rosberg, who filled positions 14 through to 18. Rosberg only managed 4 laps due to a problem with a clutch sensor. Hence the Mercedes man wasn't further up the times.
At the back, Lotus were the best of the new teams, Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen 19th and 20th, followed by the Virgins of Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi and Hispania's Bruno Senna. Karun Chandhok failed to set a time in the other HRT car due to a hydraulic issue.
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