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Final practice - Vettel pips Alonso in Montreal 09 Jun 2012

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 8 June 2012 Shod with super-soft tyres Fernando Alonso's Ferrari makes good use of a new exhaust system to go fastest Jean-Eric Vergne's Toro Rosso spins through standing water on his way into the tyre barrier Kimi Raikkonen takes an unorthodox route into the pits, prompting an investigation by the stewards

Sebastian Vettel gave Red Bull the last laugh in the final practice session here in Montreal on Saturday morning, after the team had been told overnight to make changes to the RB8's hubs after suggestions to the FIA from rival teams that they were gaining an aerodynamic advantage by using airflow within the wheel to energise flow over the front wing.

Vettel beat Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by just 0.006s to set a fastest lap of 1m 14.442s, and the fact that one second covered the first 16 cars sets up a tremendous fight in qualifying this afternoon.

Alonso lapped in 1m 14.448s, to run ahead of Friday’s pacesetter Lewis Hamilton on 1m 14.712s for McLaren, then came Mark Webber on 1m 14.724s in the second Red Bull, Pastor Maldonado for Williams on 1m 14.755s, Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari on 1m 14.767s, Michael Schumacher for Mercedes on 1m 14.796s, the Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen on 1m 14.873s and 1m 14.977s, and Nico Hulkenberg for Force India on 1m 14.992s.

Paul di Resta was right on his team mate’s tail with 1m 15.067s, while Sergio Perez just headed Sauber partner Kamui Kobayashi, 1m 15.112s to 1m 15.126s. Bruno Senna was 14th in the second Williams on 1m 15.237s, ahead of Jenson Button who was fastest initially but was still finding his way to 1m 15.327s after all the track time he lost because of gearbox issues on Friday.

Daniel Ricciardo was Toro Rosso’s faster runner on 1m 15.498s after Jean-Eric Vergne put his car over a damp kerb and spun into the tyre wall in Turn One early in the session.

Vitaly Petrov was Caterham’s quicker runner with 1m 16.268s ahead of team mate Heikki Kovalainen on 1m 16.545s, while Pedro de la Rosa’s strong form for HRT continued with 19th place on 1m 17.705s. Timo Glock was close behind on 1m 17.974s for Marussia, with Narain Karthikeyan on 1m 18.189s ahead of Charles Pic on 1m 18.684s.

Besides Vergne, Nico Rosberg failed to record a time after his Mercedes stopped with a fuel connector problem on its out lap, slightly delaying the session.

There was also a slight headache for Raikkonen, as the Finn was fined €2,500 by the Montreal stewards for crossing the white line on the entry to the pit lane. He had veered off to the pits at the last minute after making a mistake at the final chicane.

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