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Final Practice - Sutil stays on top for Force India 12 Sep 2009

Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monza, Italy, Friday, 11 September 2009 Kovalainen rides the high Monza kerbs Fisichella has a big impact with the tyre wall leaving the Ferrari mechanics with some work to do before Qualifying

Jenson Button momentarily pushed him off the top slot in the final moments of Saturday morning's session in Italy, but Adrian Sutil restored what had been the status quo for most of the hour when his lap of 1m 23.336s put his Force India back at the top of the timesheets.

Button was very encouraged with second place for Brawn in 1m 23.404s, with Nick Heidfeld chasing him hard for BMW Sauber with 1m 23.490s. Rubens Barrichello was also up there for Brawn with 1m 23.575s.

Then came early pacesetter Lewis Hamilton on 1m 23.633s and Heikki Kovalainen on 1m 23.803s for McLaren. Tonio Liuzzi backed Sutil with a respectable 1m 23.849s. Fernando Alonso was Renault's faster driver with 1m 23.915s, with Timo Glock on 1m 23.959s for Toyota and Robert Kubica on 1m 23.996s for BMW Sauber completing the runners under 1m 24s.

Romain Grosjean survived a moment over the grass at Ascari and lapped his Renault in 1m 24.197s for 11th, then came Kimi Raikkonen after a disappointing run for Ferrari with 1m 24.302s. Jarno Trulli's best was 1m 24.326s, which just edged out Kazuki Nakajima in the similarly-engined Williams on 1m 24.392s.

Sebastien Buemi took his Toro Rosso round in 1m 24.572s ahead of Williams' Nico Rosberg on 1m 24.621s. Curiously, the Red Bulls remained near the back with Mark Webber 17th on 1m 25.154s and Sebastian Vettel 18th on 1m 25.244s. Jaime Alguesuari was 19th in the second Toro Rosso on 1m 25.791s.

Right at the back was Giancarlo Fisichella. The Italian lapped in 1m 25.951s before removing the left front wheel from his Ferrari in an understeering crash at the exit to Parabolica.