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Final Practice - Webber fastest as Vettel hits trouble in Japan 12 Oct 2013

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 11 October 2013 The Lotus cars head out early in FP3 and Kimi Raikkonen sets a benchmark time for the rest of the field to chase down Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is the last man out on track, waiting until 27 minutes have ticked by in Practice Three Adrian Sutil is a bystander as he watches his Force India being lifted clear of the track after he slid into the barriers coming out of Spoon curve

Red Bull's Mark Webber set the pace in the final practice session in Japan on Saturday morning as technical issues limited his team mate Sebastian Vettel to just eight laps of Suzuka.

The Australian's final response to Romain Grosjean's medium-tyre run of 1m 32.707s, which temporarily put the Frenchman at the top of the times, was 1m 32.053s. Nico Rosberg slipped his Mercedes ahead of the Lotus with 1m 32.355s towards the finish, but right at the end Lewis Hamilton usurped his team mate with 1m 32.187s to go second, 0.134s behind Webber.

The Ferrari duo of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa looked stronger than they have all weekend, as the Spaniard finally pipped his Brazilian team mate with late runs of 1m 32.800s and 1m 32.815s respectively to take fifth and sixth places. Jenson Button was seventh in an improved McLaren on 1m 32.869s and Kimi Raikkonen, in the other Lotus, was eighth on 1m 32.946s having not done a final run.

Vettel ended the session with the ninth-fastest time of 1m 33.036s, though he had long since changed out of his race suit when the chequered flag dropped; his mechanics busily tending to his RB9.

The top ten was completed by Nico Hulkenberg, once he'd pitted to have an exhaust problem investigated. He took his Sauber round in 1m 33.076s to lead McLaren's Sergio Perez on 1m 33.158s, the Toro Rossos of Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo on 1m 33.260s and 1m 33.490s, Williams' Pastor Maldonado on 1m 33.638s, Force India's Paul di Resta on 1m 33.660s, Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez on 1m 33.732s and Williams' Valtteri Bottas on 1m 33.955s.

Adrian Sutil should have been in there somewhere, but he spun his Force India exiting Spoon Curve halfway through and took off its front and rear wings shortly after he'd lapped the track in 1m 34.773s.

Giedo van der Garde was ahead of Caterham partner Charles Pic this time with 1m 35.473s to 1m 35.518s, as Max Chilton was right with them for Marussia on 1m 35.844s. Having missed FP2 on Friday after a crash in FP1, Jules Bianchi was back in the action in his newly-built Marussia, but the Frenchman had to shake down the new machine and could only manage a 1m 39.378s for 22nd place.

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