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Final practice - Webber leads Red Bull fight back 03 Apr 2010

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 2 April 2010 Massa focuses on his next run Alguersuari slides wide

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel ganged up on Lewis Hamilton at the end of Saturday morning's final practice session in Sepang, and ended up sandwiching the McLaren driver in their Red Bulls. Webber recovered from Friday's engine failure to set the fastest time of 1m 33.542s, 0.017s quicker than Hamilton's 1m 33.559s. Vettel was 0.045s slower than his team mate, his 1m 33.587s leaving him third.

Ferrari were also a lot quicker today than yesterday as Fernando Alonso moved up to fourth on 1m 33.751s, ahead of the improved Mercedes of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, on 1m 33.992s and 1m 34.090s respectively.

Jenson Button was only seventh in the second McLaren, in 1m 34.113s, ahead of Felipe Massa (1m 34.174s), Rubens Barrichello (1m 34.540s), Robert Kubica (1m 34.549s), Adrian Sutil (1m 34.623s), Sebastien Buemi (1m 34.673s), Nico Hulkenberg (1m 34.882s) and Tonio Liuzzi (1m 34.957s).

The next batch was led by Jaime Alguersuari, who made a great save just when it seemed his Toro Rosso had got away from him. The young Spaniard was 15th on 1m 35.026s ahead of Renault's Vitalty Petrov, who went autocrossing on his way to 1m 35.076s. Pedro de la Rosa was BMW Sauber's quicker runner on 1m 35.477s, with Kamui Kobayashi a second slower on 1m 36.404s.

In the new teams' stakes Virgin got ahead of Lotus, Timo Glock lapping his VR-01 in 1m 37.299s to pip Jarno Trulli's 1m 37.369s in the T127. The Italian's team mate was next on 1m 38.161s, ahead of Lucas di Grassi in the second Virgin on 1m 38.783s.

Things could not have been closer in the improving HRT camp, with Bruno Senna lapping in 1m 39.868s and Karun Chandhok in 1m 39.895s.

So the scene is set for a fantastic qualifying session, with Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes all up for pole, and a very tight fight in the midfield. Q2 will be fascinating.