Mark Webber picked up where Red Bull
Racing team-mate Sebastian Vettel
had left off on Friday, setting the fastest time of final free practice to keep the Milton Keynes team on top heading into qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Although Vettel's chances of bettering the Australian's weekend-best mark of 1min 19.574secs were hampered by traffic late in the hour-long session, Webber was unmovable at the front of the field, eventually enjoying a near half-second advantage over his team-mate as Red Bull
again showed that it is the team to beat at the Hungaroring, with third-placed Fernando Alonso
fully 1.1secs off the pace.
Behind the Spaniard, things were a lot closer, even if they continued to make tough reading for McLaren. Robert Kubica
claimed fourth position for Renault, three-tenths off Alonso, but ahead of Felipe Massa
as the world championship leaders failed to crack the top five. Lewis Hamilton
was only sixth fastest on 1min 21.376secs, with Jenson Button
again back in ninth. Just a tenth of a second separated the two Britons, however, despite Vitaly Petrov and Nico Rosberg
squeezing between them.
Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top ten for Williams, narrowly ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello
and Michael Schumacher. Behind the seven-time world champion, the Sauber, Toro Rosso
and Force India
teams lined up two-by-two, while Lucas di Grassi
claimed newcomer honours for a Virgin team confident that it can take the fight to Lotus in Budapest.
There were few problems in the session, the occasional spin aside, but Tonio Liuzzi's running was cut short by a split driveshaft boot that prompted the Force India
team to protect the Italian's gearbox before qualifying. The Silverstone-based team have also removed its development floor and diffuser after trying it for the first time on Friday, while Ferrari
has apparently discarded its F-duct for this race after finding its F10 quicker without it. McLaren
is now the only team persevering with the system at one of the more technical tracks on the schedule.