Jaime Alguersuari was the surprise pacesetter in third and final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, as only two cars braved the conditions long enough to set recorded times.
Heavy rain, which began with a thunderstorm on Friday evening and intensified ahead of the hour-long session, caused most of the field to either sit out the session or complete exploratory laps in an effort to ascertain the possibility of running, but only Alguersuari and Virgin's Timo Glock completed a 'flying' lap, with the Spaniard posting a 1min 55.902secs best.
That mark was fully 24 seconds slower than the best lap posted by Sebastian Vettel in Friday practice, with almost everyone reporting extreme aquaplaning during even the slowest of runs. Glock, for the record, lapped in 2min 07.497secs.
With spins littering the session, questions were raised regarding the viability of qualifying, with suggestions that, should the conditions continue to worsen, the grid be decided on Sunday morning.