Final practice - Button means business in Abu Dhabi 31 Oct 2009
The British world champions were at it again as the final practice session was held for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon.
Lewis Hamilton set the pace for much of the hour-long session, but right at the end Jenson Button posted 1m 40.625s to go fastest. Hamilton's 1m 40.627s just came up short for McLaren, as Rubens Barrichello endorsed the Brawn strength with third fastest time of 1m 40.907s. The final runner under 1m 41s was Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi, who earlier had set the pace with 1m 40.934s.
BMW Sauber had a good run too, with Nick Heidfeld taking fifth place with 1m 41.241s and Robert Kubica 1m 41.322s for eighth. Between them came Heikki Kovalainen in the second McLaren on 1m 41.263s and Jarno Trulli's Toyota on 1m 41.310s.
Adrian Sutil was ninth for Force India with 1m 41.372s, chased by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (1m 41.373s), Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel (1m 41.403s), Williams' Nico Rosberg (1m 41.478s), Toyota's Kamui Kobayashi (1m 41.499s), Force India's Tonio Liuzzi (1m 41.675s), Red Bull's Mark Webber (1m 41.682s) and Fernando Alonso who continued to struggle in the Renault with 1m 41.897s.
Williams' Kazuki Nakajima was next on 1m 42.156s, followed by Renault's Romain Grosjean on 1m 42.213s and Ferrari's Giancarlo Fisichella on 1m 42.351s. Jaime Alguersuari was last, never completing a lap after his Toro Rosso ran into mechanical problems.
Again, there was plenty of action, with Trulli, Grosjean and Vettel going off the road, and Liuzzi tapping the wall in the final corner.