With Ralf Schumacher already sidelined after colliding with Sakon Yamamoto in the closing moments of Q1, Jarno Trulli was unable to lift spirits at Toyota after bowing out in the second session.

The bottom six hardly changed in the final six minutes of the 15, with the incumbents changing position within the drop zone rather than breaking out of it as light rain began falling once again. Despite adding to the woe at Toyota, however, Trulli was not the biggest casualty of the session, with both Renaults also finding themselves the wrong side of the cut.

Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen filled positions eleven and twelve, ahead of the Renault-powered Red Bull of David Coulthard, with Tonio Liuzzi splitting Trulli from the absent Schumacher.

There was good news from two quarters of the Red Bull camp, however, with rookie Sebastian Vettel joining top ten regular Mark Webber in the final shoot-out. With Nico Rosberg also making the cut but facing a ten-place penalty for changing his engine on Friday, the worst the Toro Rosso newcomer will start is ninth.

McLaren and Ferrari again dominated the top positions, with Lewis Hamilton posting the fastest lap of the day - at 1min 24.753secs - to claim the honours this time around.

 

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