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Final practice - Red Bull remain in charge 10 Jul 2010

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 9 July 2010 Late problems in final practice for Vettel after a suspected nosecone issue, but his fastest lap remains unbeaten Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 9 July 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 9 July 2010 Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 9 July 2010

Red Bull continued their domination of practice for the British Grand Prix in Saturday morning’s final session when Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber ended up at the top of the times separated by only 0.034s. But their morning was not without drama. Vettel had lapped in 1m 30.958s and had just set the fastest time in sector one when, going into Abbey, the nose of his RB6 worked loose, allowing the front wing to scrape on the track. The German collected things up, and troubled into the pits. Meanwhile, Webber’s best effort left him on 1m 30.992s, right on his tail.

In third place, Fernando Alonso was gratifyingly close to the Red Bulls with 1m 31.101s, only 0.143s behind Vettel. Making it a good session for Ferrari, Felipe Massa was fifth on 1m 31.240s, losing out to fourth fastest Nico Rosberg right at the end when the German took his Mercedes round in 1m 31.188s.

It was another troubled day for McLaren. After over-reaching themselves yesterday they took off the new blown diffuser and stuck instead with just the new front wing, believing that they had tried to do too much and suffered yesterday as a result. Even so, the MP4-25s looked difficult and Hamilton had several moments on his way to an heroic 1m 31.549s for seventh place behind Robert Kubica’s Renault, in which the Pole had lapped in 1m 31.519s. This area of the times was incredibly close, with Michael Schumacher eighth on 1m 31.555s, Pedro de la Rosa a surprise ninth for BMW Sauber on 1m 31.559s and Rubens Barrichello 10th on 1m 31.581s for Williams.

Behind them, Renault's Vitaly Petrov was in the hunt in 11th with 1m 31.698s ahead of the troubled Jenson Button on 1m 31.703s for McLaren, Nico Hulkenberg in the second Williams on 1m 31.867s, Kamui Kobayashi in the second BMW Sauber on 1m 31.947s and Adrian Sutil on 1m 31.994s for Force India.

Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari were 16th and 17th in their Toro Rossos on 1m 32.235s and 1m 32.331s respectively, then came Tonio Liuzzi, struggling with handling and straightline speed issues with his Force India on 1m 32.723s.

Heikki Kovalainen was again the fastest new team runner with 1m 34.339s in his Lotus. Lucas di Grassi was again the faster Virgin as Timo Glock only did six laps; their respective times were 1m 35.479s and 1m 36.640s for 20th and 23rd fastest times.

Jarno Trulli had a slightly less aggravating morning as his Lotus kept running, and the Italian lapped in 1m 36.098s, followed by Karun Chandhok on 1m 36.286s and his new temporary HRT partner Sakon Yamamoto on 1m 37.178s.

It looks increasingly likely that the qualifying battle will be between Red Bull and Ferrari, perhaps with Kubica putting Renault in there too, but McLaren’s chances of victory appear to have receded.