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Final practice - four teams in the top four 12 Jun 2010

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/25.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 11 June 2010 Sparks fly as the Ferrari's wheel trim makes contact with the concrete De La Rosa does well to hang on to the back end of his Sauber

Things settled down a little in Montreal on Saturday morning as teams found better ways to generate grip in the continuing cold conditions on the Ile Notre Dame. And McLaren got back on top courtesy of Lewis Hamilton, but Red Bull were again close and things look good for an exciting qualifying session this afternoon.

Hamilton lapped his McLaren MP4-25 in 1m 16.058s, leaving series leader Mark Webber back in second on 1m 16.340s. Then came Fernando Alonso for Ferrari on 1m 16.495s, Michael Schumacher for Mercedes on 1m 16.536s, Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull on 1m 16.582s, Robert Kubica for Renault on 1m 16.653s, Adrian Sutil for Force India on 1m 16.673s, Jenson Button for McLaren on 1m 16.699s, Tonio Liuzzi for Force India on 1m 16.814s and Vitaly Petrov for Renault on 1m 16.982s.

There were plenty of incidents, with many drivers missing the chicane exits, but the most significant were Felipe Massa scraping a wall exiting Turn Five, and Lucas di Grassi hitting the outer wall as he spun his Virgin entering the hairpin.

Massa ended the morning 12th on 1m 17.231s, behind Nico Hulkenberg’s Williams on 1m 17.121s and just ahead of Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso on 1m 17.331s. Then came the BMW Saubers of Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa on 1m 17.548s and 1m 17.609s respectively, and Sebastien Buemi’s Toro Rosso on 1m 17.633s. Rubens Barrichello lapped his Williams in 1m 17.789s for 17th, while Nico Rosberg was kept in the garage by mechanical problems on his Mercedes and literally had time for one flying lap right at the end – 1m 17.979s – which left him 18th.

Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen were again the fastest of the new team runners with 1m 19.013s and 1m 19.447s respectively for Lotus, but Virgin had a much better handle on things today and got Timo Glock within striking distance on 1m 19.536s. Team mate di Grassi managed 1m 19.844s before his spin. Bruno Senna was 23rd on 1m 20.325s, but HRT team mate Karun Chandhok didn’t clock a time after stopping early in the session with technical problems.