Final practice - Hamilton pips Vettel for P1 at Monza 11 Sep 2010
Lewis Hamilton slipped in the fastest lap so far this weekend right at the end of Saturday mornings final practice session.
The 2008 world champion opted for a low-downforce set-up on his McLaren, and beat Fernando Alonsos late rush for Ferrari with a lap of 1m 22.498s. Sebastian Vettel also improved to 1m 22.545s to trail the Englishman by only 0.047s as he edged out Alonsos 1m 22.644s.
Right behind them came Felipe Massa on 1m 22.648s in the second Ferrari, Jenson Button who went for a high-downforce configuration on his McLaren for 1m 22.724s, and a fleet Nico Rosberg in the leading Mercedes on 1m 22.946s.
Mark Webber would undoubtedly have been up there with them but ended up seventh on 1m 23.082s after his Red Bull stooped for the second day in succession, this time after the first chicane.
Right behind him was Nico Hulkenberg in the leading Williams with 1m 23.129s, Robert Kubica on 1m 23.209s for Renault, Adrian Sutils Force India on 1m 23.303s, Rubens Barrichello in the second Williams on 1m 23.450s, Sebastien Buemi with a big improvement for Toro Rosso on 1m 23.673s, a disappointed Michael Schumacher on 1m 23.896s for Mercedes, the very closely matched Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari on 1m 23.908s and 1m 23.909s for BMW Sauber and Toro Rosso respectively, and Vitaly Petrov in the second Renault on 1m 23.967s.
Pedro de la Rosa recorded 1m 24.191s for 17th in the second BMW Sauber ahead of mechanically troubled Tonio Liuzzi on 1m 24.439s for Force India. Lotus were again in charge among the newcomers as Jarno Trulli headed team mate Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 25.788s to 1m 25.925s, then came the Virgins of Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi on 1m 26.434s and 1m 26.682s. Bruno Senna had a troublefree run at last for 1m 27.471s, with HRT team mate Sakon Yamamoto last on 1m 28.730s.
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