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Final practice - Rosberg top as both Toro Rossos crash 07 Jun 2008

Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW30.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 6 June 2008 (L to R): Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 with Bruno Spengler (CDN).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 6 June 2008 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 6 June 2008

Nico Rosberg kept his Williams FW30 ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren on Saturday morning as sunny weather and a bone dry track greeted drivers at the Ile Notre Dame.

The German lapped in 1m 16.555s, compared to the Finn’s 1m 16.589s and the Briton’s 1m 16.725s.

Right behind them, Felipe Massa lapped his Ferrari in 1m 16.787s, to finish fourth ahead of Williams’ Kazuki Nakajima (1m 16.898s), Toyota’s Jarno Trulli (1m 16.946s) and McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen (1m 16.952s).

Nelson Piquet had a much better run, taking eighth fastest time in 1m 17.060s, but right at the end he spun his Renault out of the last corner and parked it facing the wring way, millimetres from the outer wall.

Mark Webber was ninth on 1m 17.062s for Red Bull, chased by Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel (1m 17.085s), BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica (1m 17.109s), Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Bourdais (1m 17.282s), Red Bull’s David Coulthard (1m 17.322s), Rubens Barrichello in the Honda (1m 17.557s), Toyota’s Timo Glock (on the same time), Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 17.608s), Renault’s Fernando Alonso (1m 17.683s) and BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld (1m 17.766s).

Right at the back, Jenson Button continued his struggle with his Honda’s handling on his way to 1m 18.178s, which left him with only Force India’s Adrian Sutil behind him on 1m 18.424s.

There were several minor incidents, which included Hamilton missing the back chicane and Piquet spinning there, but Vettel tanked his Toro Rosso into the wall exiting the back chicane and removed both right wheels. That brought out the red flag, and once the debris was cleared away, Bourdais wiped his own STR3 along the same wall and broke its rear suspension.

The weather forecast for the afternoon is for similar sunny conditions, so qualifying is building up to a tough contest beyond the Ferrari/McLaren foursome.