Final practice - Hamilton puts McLaren on top at Marina Bay 26 Sep 2009
Lewis Hamilton might have slid into an escape road at one stage, but the world champion quickly made amends by putting his McLaren at the top of the timesheets after the final practice session in Singapore on Saturday evening. He lapped in 1m 47.632s, to unseat Sebastian Vettel who had earlier usurped him. The Red Bull driver ended up second, on 1m 47.909s.
Behind them, Nico Rosberg surprised Williams, who had not expected to be so quick, with the third fastest time of 1m 48.332s, ahead of McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen whose chances of bettering 1m 48.420s evaporated when he got the final sector wrong.
Behind them came the improved BMW Saubers of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld on 1m 48.501s and 1m 48.526s respectively, then Brawn's Rubens Barrichello (1m 48.551s), Toyota's Timo Glock (1m 48.673s), Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi (1m 48.754s), Toyota's Jarno Trulli (1m 48.757s), Williams' Kazuki Nakajima (1m 48.831s), Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (1m 48.864s), Red Bull's Mark Webber (1m 48.876s) and Brawn's Jenson Button (1m 48.921s). Who says F1 racing isn't super-close?
Fernando Alonso was 15th for Renault on 1m 49.032s, ahead of the Force Indias of Tonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil on 1m 49.055s and 1m 49.122s respectively, Jaime Alguersuari's Toro Rosso on 1m 49.399s, Romain Grosjean's Renault on 1m 49.641s and Giancarlo Fisichella's Ferrari on 1m 50.039s.
There was little drama, but Button was running after receiving hospital treatment on Friday to have a tiny shard of carbon fibre cleaned out of one eye, and there is a possibility that Barrichello may require a gearbox change.