Final practice - Massa ahead, but very tight at the top 20 Oct 2007
As the final practice session ended at Interlagos on Saturday morning, 0.132s separated fastest man Felipe Massa from McLarens Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen.
On a bone dry track in excellent conditions, the local hero banged his F2007 round in 1m 11.810s, a time set on Bridgestones softer rubber which defied Hamiltons effort of 1m 11.934s on similar tyres. The Englishman, however, had the satisfaction of dislodging Raikkonen, who earlier had done 1m 11.942s.
There was a big gap back to Mark Webber, who took his Red Bull round in 1m 12.446s, but the Australian had plenty of company in that time bracket. Right behind him was Toyotas Jarno Trulli (1m 12.461s), Hondas Rubens Barrichello (1m 12.478s), BMW Saubers Nick Heidfeld (1m 12.579s), McLarens Fernando Alonso (1m 12.594s), Toro Rossos Sebastian Vettel (1m 12.767s), Williams Nico Rosberg (1m 12.823s), Toro Rossos Tonio Liuzzi (1m 12.893s) and Renaults Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 12.913s).
Behind that gaggle, the times were also extremely close from Ralf Schumachers 14th fastest 1m 13.015s for Toyota to Sakon Yamamotos 22nd quickest 1m 13.872s in the Spyker. In between them were sandwiched Renaults Heikki Kovalainen (1m 13.046s), David Coulthard (who lapped in 1m 13.117s before spinning in Turn Eight and removing his Red Bulls front wing), Super Aguri team mates Anthony Davidson (1m 13.299s) and Takuma Sato (1m 13.331s), Williams Kazuki Nakajima (1m 13.474s), Robert Kubica (who took his BMW Sauber round in 1m 13.525s before stopping in Turn 10 with mechanical problems), and Spykers Adrian Sutil (1m 13.684s).
Some of these times are clearly unusual, and Alonso, for example, never really got a clear lap in. For sure, all three qualifying sessions are going to be very close-fought this afternoon.