Final practice - Glock makes best of difficult conditions 13 Sep 2008
Toyotas Timo Glock timed his runs to perfection in the final practice session at Monza on Saturday morning, as rain affected everyones performance for the second day running. When you ran proved crucial as light rain turned torrential halfway through.
Glocks 1m 35.464s displaced early pacesetter, Hondas Rubens Barrichello, and went unbeaten. Sebastian Vettel got closest for Toro Rosso on 1m 36.129s, then came Williams Nico Rosberg (1m 36.347s), Jarno Trulli (1m 36.686s) in the second Toyota, Williams Kazuki Nakajima (1m 36.706s) and BMW Saubers Nick Heidfeld (1m 36.972s).
David Coulthard led the drivers in the 1m 37s bracket with 1m 37.015s for Red Bull, ahead of Ferraris Felipe Massa (1m 37.263s), Renaults Fernando Alonso (1m 37.270s), the Force Indias of Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 37.285s) and Adrian Sutil (1m 37.504s), BMW Saubers Robert Kubica (1m 37.671s), Red Bulls Mark Webber (1m 37.778s), Renaults Nelson Piquet (1m 37.833s) and Hondas Jenson Button (1m 37.882s).
Barrichello (1m 38.689s), Toro Rossos Sebastien Bourdais (1m 39.319s), Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen (1m 41.164s) and the McLarens of Heikki Kovalainen (1m 42.683s) and Lewis Hamilton (1m 46.325s) brought up the rear.
Once again, driving proved difficult when conditions were at their worst; Button and Bourdais both spun in the second chicane, while Barrichello, Fisichella, Trulli, Alonso, Rosberg, Kubica, Webber, Heidfeld, Sutil and Hamilton all had off-track excursions.
If qualifying is run in the rain, teams will at least have a reasonable idea what to expect. If it dries out, it could be something of a lottery as they guestimate set-ups.