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2012 US Grand Prix: Third practice

2012-11-17 18:46

VETTEL ON PACE: Sebastian Vettel powers his RB8 through the 2012 Circuit of the Americas.

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 17 - Red Bull's championship leader Sebastian Vettel continued to set a blistering pace at the 2012 US Grand Prix, clocking the fastest time in final practice on November 17.

Vettel, fastest in Friday's two practice sessions, has quickly mastered F1's newest venue, the Circuit of the Americas, turning in a best time of 1min36 on a chilly but sun-bathed morning in south Texas.


McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, winner of the last US Grand Prix in Indianapolis five years ago, was second-fastest crossing 0.258 seconds behind Vettel with Pastor Maldonado third in his Williams 0.511 off Vettel's torrid pace.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the only driver left with a chance of preventing Vettel from clinching a third straight drivers' title, had an rough morning but produced a flying late lap to jump up the timing table into fourth 0.690 behind his Red Bull rival.

With the session drawing to a close, Alonso had looked ready to improve on his position until he slid wide in the final turn entering the home stretch spoiling the attempt.

Vettel, who started the last race in Abu Dhabi from pit lane as punishment for a fuel irregularity, will be bidding for his sixth pole of the season later on November 17 as he tries to fend off a challenge from Alonso and collect a third straight drivers crown.
2012 United States Grand Prix:

Final practice times
1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull  1min36.490
2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1min36.748
3. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams  1min37.001
4. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min37.180
5. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min37.247
6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1min37.262
7. Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull  1min37.298
8. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari 1min37.415
9. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - 1min37.495
10. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min37.538
11. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams  1min37.569
12. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1min37.760
13. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus  1min37.765
14. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 1min37.953
15. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1min38.547
16. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1min38.653
17. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus  1min38.753
18. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1min39.689
19. Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia  1min40.407
20. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham  1min40.753
21. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham  1min41.011
22. Charles Pic (France) Marussia  1min41.466
23. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT  1min43.563
24. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT  1min44.043

Second practice
First practice

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