Final practice - Vettel in a class of his own 08 May 2010
Red Bull retained their grip on the Spanish Grand Prix weekend in Saturday morning's final practice session in Barcelona, with Sebastian Vettel beating team mate Mark Webber by well over half a second, the German and the Australian lapping in 1m 20.528s and 1m 21.232 respectively to head the McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
The 2008 champion took his MP4-25 round in 1m 21.348s; his 2009 successor lapped in 1m 21.376s. Michael Schumacher was again in the fight in fifth place, with 1m 21.583s for Mercedes, with Felipe Massa completing those below 1m 22s with 1m 21.749s for Ferrari.
In a fine and dry session Nico Rosberg struggled again with his MGP W01, and was seventh on 1m 22.013s, followed closely by local hero Fernando Alonso on 1m 22.091s in the second Ferrari.
Behind them, Robert Kubica's excellent form continued for Renault with ninth place on 1m 22.242s, with Adrian Sutil completing the top 10 for Force India on 1m 22.377s, despite coming to a halt near the end of the session with technical problems.
The times were very close in the midfield, with Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi on 1m 22.400s, BMW Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi on 1m 22.412s, his team mate Pedro de la Rosa on 1m 22.527s, Williams' Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 22.634s, Toro Rosso's Jamie Alguersuari on 1m 22.926s and Rubens Barrichello in 1m 22.953s in the second Williams.
Tonio Liuzzi struggled to 17th in his Force India with 1m 23.597s ahead of Vitaly Petrov's Renault on 1m 23.896s, then came Lotus duo Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen on 1m 24.610s and 1m 24.745s apiece. Timo Glock was back in front of the Virgin train, on 1m 25.722s compared to team mate Lucas di Grassis 1m 25.855s, and behind them Karun Chandhok was HRTs lead runner on 1m 26.611s with Bruno Senna at the back on 1m 30.246s.
The session was red flagged with 23 minutes gone after Kobayashi and Petrov went off the road in separate incidents in Turn 4. The BMW Sauber was merely beached in the gravel, but the Renault sustained damage to its front and rear wings and rear suspension. Water on the kerb, from early morning rain, was to blame.