Final practice - Sutil tops shortened session in Spain 22 Aug 2009
Force India's Adrian Sutil set the fastest time in the final practice session here in Valencia on Saturday morning - after much of the session was red-flagged when Sebastian Vettels Red Bull stopped out on the track, after lubricating it with oil following an engine failure.
Sutil had been fastest before the red flag came out after half an hour. The session resumed for five minutes and there was a flurry of quicker times - and it was again that of the German, a 1m 39.143s, that set the standard. With team mate Giancarlo Fisichella sixth on 1m 39.764s, it was a good morning for Force India boss Vijay Mallya, the man with the biggest yacht in the harbour.
Underlining the unpredictability of the session, Kazuki Nakajima was second for Williams on 1m 39.247s, chased by BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica (1m 39.513s), McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen (1m 39.553ss) and Williams' Nico Rosberg (1m 39.732s). Jenson Button was seventh for Brawn with 1m 39.883s, ahead of early pacesetter Lewis Hamilton on 1m 39.950s for McLaren.
Jarno Trulli failed to break 1m 40s and was ninth for Toyota on 1m 40.017s, followed by rookie Romain Grosjean on 1m 40.088s in the leading Renault. Sebastien Buemi was 11th for Toro Rosso on 1m 40.118s, ahead of Brawn's Rubens Barrichello (1m 40.192s), BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld (1m 40.230s), Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (1m 40.260s), Renault's Fernando Alonso (who went off in Turn 2 before recording 1m 40.402s), Toyota's Timo Glock (1m 40.443s), Red Bull's Mark Webber (1m 40.879s), Vettel (1m 40.916s), Toro Rosso rookie Jaime Alguersuari (1m 41.125s) and Ferrari's Luca Badoer (1m 42.198s).
Its clear that several fancied runners were unable to conduct their programmes and were thus not where they might have been expected to be, so qualifying this afternoon will have extra spice as they seek to make up ground.