Final practice - Rosberg tops Webber in close-fought session 04 Apr 2009
Williams Nico Rosberg once more headed the times in Sepang as Saturday afternoons final practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix ended with a rash of fast laps.
The German was the only runner to dip below 1m 36s, lapping his Williams FW31 in 1m 35.940s. Behind him, Mark Webber saw off Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel with 1m 36.048s, the young German ending the session sixth on 1m 36.194s.
Between them came Felipe Massa (1m 36.089s for Ferrari), and the Toyotas of Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock (1m 36.132s and 1m 36.189s). Kimi Raikkonen was seventh on 1m 36.322s in the second Ferrari, just ahead of Kazuki Nakajima in the second Williams on 1m 36.325s.
The flurry of quick laps pushed the two Brawns down to eventual ninth and 10th places (Rubens Barrichello 1m 36.519s and Jenson Button 1m 36.541s) after they had earlier set the pace.
Robert Kubica lapped his BMW Sauber in 1m 36.563s for 11th, ahead of the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen (1m 36.657s and 1m 36.742s).
Fernando Alonso could not break into the 1m 36s for Renault, and was 14th on 1m 37.004s, then came BMW Saubers Nick Heidfeld (1m 37.026s) and Nelson Piquet (1m 37.032s) in the second Renault.
Adrian Sutil was the quicker Force India pilot with 1m 37.118s for 17th, ahead of the Toro Rossos of Sebastien Buemi and Sebsatien Bourdais (1m 37.282s and 1m 37.322s), with Giancarlo Fisichella bringing up the rear on 1m 37.398s.
Such close times bode well for a thrilling qualifying later. The session gets underway at 1700 hours local time - just when the early evening rain storms have a habit of arriving at Sepang.