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Vettel completes practice clean sweep in India
27 October 2012
Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel was quickest again this morning in final practice for the Indian Grand Prix.
The German, who was also fastest in both practice sessions on Friday, was the only man to break the 1 minute 26 second bracket, his best effort a 1m 25.842s, which put 0.192 seconds up on the McLaren of Jenson Button. Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber meanwhile was also strong in the sister car, and despite a spin in the final corner heading into the final 15 minutes of P3, the Aussie was third, only 0.266 seconds back, emphasising the dominance of the Red Bull package.
Lewis Hamilton was fourth, just 0.043 seconds off Webber, as McLaren emerged as Red Bull's key threat, while the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen and an on-form Bruno Senna were next up, less than 0.372 seconds covering the top six runners.
Fernando Alonso was a relatively lowly seventh and disappointingly for Ferrari he was 0.679 seconds off Vettel and 0.307 seconds off Senna's Williams. Felipe Massa also struggled in the other F2012 and ended up down in eleventh. Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, Mercedes man Michael Schumacher and Lotus pilot Romain Grosjean filled the remaining positions in the top-ten.
Further back, Pastor Maldonado could manage only twelfth, 0.926 slower than his team-mate, while Sergio Perez, Paul di Resta, Nico Rosberg and the Toro Rosso's of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne filled positions 13 through to 17. Kamui Kobayashi was 18th.
At the rear, Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov were 19th and 20th for Caterham, although somewhat alarmingly the Finn was just over a second off Kobayashi's Sauber. Timo Glock was the best of the Marussias in 21st, 0.681 seconds up on Charles Pic, while local star Narain Karthikeyan won the HRT battle and was ahead of Pedro de la Rosa.
To see the full times from final practice for the 2012 F1 Indian Grand Prix - CLICK HERE