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Alonso fastest in final practice

2012-07-07 12:53

Silverstone, England - Formula 1 championship leader Fernando Alonso lapped fastest for Ferrari during a dry final practice session for the 2012 British F1 GP on Saturday.

The conditions provided some respite after Friday's rain triggered traffic chaos although there were still long jams on some approach roads to Silverstone despite organisers urging tens of thousands of ticket-holders to stay away.

Alonso, winner in 2011 at the rural circuit, lapped with a best time of 1min32.167.

GROSJEAN THERE TOO

McLaren's Jenson Button, who has yet to stand on his home podium in more than a decade of trying, was second fastest, 0.153 slower.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean was third for Lotus with Red Bull's double World champion Sebastian Vettel fourth and Grosjean's Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen fifth.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who was fastest in Friday's soaking conditions with a comparatively slow 1min56.345, was sixth on the time sheets.

PEREZ CRASH

With dark clouds threatening more rain on the way (which indeed started to fall as the last car pulled into the pits at the end of the sessio) and possibly ahead of qualifying later on Saturday), teams were immediately busy to make up for the reduced running on Friday when conditions were hazardous.

Mexican Sergio Perez smashed his car's front wing after bouncing over the grass; Sauber team mate Kamui Kobayashi also spun.

The session was red-flagged briefly after 20 minutes when Charles Pic's Marussia halted at the exit to Copse.

Times from third practice for the 2012 British F1 GP on July 7
1 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min32.167
2 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min32.320
3 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min32.358
4 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1min32.420
5 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 1min32.454
6 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1min32.477
7 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1min32.622
8 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 1min32.940
9 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 1min33.046
10 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min33.150
11 Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams 1min33.267
12 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1min33.367
13 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 1min33.398
14 Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1min33.462
15 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1min33.673
16 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1min33.674
17 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1min33.707
18 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min33.733
19 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham 1min34.298
20 Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham 1min34.781
21 Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia 1min36.605
22 Charles Pic (France) Marussia 1min37.060
23 Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 1min37.269
24 Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT 1min37.429

Reuters