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Vettel tops the FP3 timesheets

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel powered his Adrian Newey designed car to the top of the timesheets in this morning's FP3 session ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button and team-mate Mark Webber.

Reigning double world champion Sebastian Vettel charged to the top of the FP3 timesheets in final practice for this Sunday's F1 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

The German set a 1 minute 12.460 seconds lap - just under a tenth quicker than McLaren's Jenson Button, who carries his strong form to Brazil.

Red Bull's Mark Webber ended the session third just three hundredths in front of Lewis Hamilton, both just over a tenth shy of the ultimate pace.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso completed the session fifth seemingly in the middle of nowhere with three tenths separating the Spaniard from Vettel's ultimate pace while leading Force India's Adrian Sutil by a further three tenths. The Force India man heads a gaggle of cars down to Vitaly Petrov's Renault, with just seven tenths separating the six cars in between which notably include both Mercedes' of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, home favourite Felipe Massa and his FIF1 team-mate, Paul di Resta.

Brazilian veteran Rubens Barrichello, in what could prove to be his final GP weekend, headed another frenzy of closely matched cars in twelfth position. Brazil's other home favourite Bruno Senna brings up the rear of that group just two tenths shy of his compatriots time in 17th.

The rear of the field yet again is filled with its usual protagonists with two seconds separating Heikki Kovalainen's Lotus in 18th to Timo Glock's Virgin in 23rd.

Toro Rosso's Sebastian Buemi was planted to the very rear of the field after coming to a standstill in the pit lane and subsequently failing to register a time due to hydraulic issues.


by Simon Evans




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